Events

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin hosts overwhelmingly popular and distinctive events, as well as more intimate community gatherings.  Event sponsorship support and presenting partnerships are always welcome and provide remarkable public profile opportunities. Take a look at our list of signature and community focused events.

Signature Events

Racial Justice Workshops & Advocacy Events

Oct
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Unlearning Racism: Tools for Action©
Oct 27 @ 1:30 pm – Dec 1 @ 3:30 pm
Unlearning Racism: Tools for Action© @ Join us virtually on Zoom!

About Unlearning Racism: Tools for Action© Virtual Six-Part Series

Eliminating racism is an ongoing process that involves a willingness to learn about, and begin, undoing, the adverse impact of racism on individuals, organizations, and communities.

Unlearning Racism: Tools for Action©, our six-part education series affords participants the opportunity to learn about the impact, history, manifestations, whiteness, and addressing racism in one’s sphere of influence.

Our courses are predominantly white people. Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) are welcomed and wanted. All participants are encouraged to reflect upon and share their lived experiences on race and racism. Often this topic assumes BIPOC’s will teach on this topic. That is not the case here. That is the role of the facilitators.  We invite people to collaborate with classmates on their next steps in addressing issues in their neighborhoods, workplaces, and community.

This six-part workshop series examines the history and impact of racism and what participants can do about it.

Fall 2020 Schedule and Topics

Join us on Zoom! Tuesday’s from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

September 22          The Impact of Racism

September 29          The Roots of Racism

October 6                 Manifestations of Racism

October 13               Understanding Whiteness

October 27               Your Role in Addressing Racism

November 10           Taking Action Against Racism

 

REGISTER HERE

Nov
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Unlearning Racism: Tools for Action©
Nov 10 @ 1:30 pm – Dec 15 @ 4:30 pm
Unlearning Racism: Tools for Action© @ Join us virtually on Zoom!

About Unlearning Racism: Tools for Action© Virtual Six-Part Series

Eliminating racism is an ongoing process that involves a willingness to learn about, and begin, undoing, the adverse impact of racism on individuals, organizations, and communities.

Unlearning Racism: Tools for Action©, our six-part education series affords participants the opportunity to learn about the impact, history, manifestations, whiteness, and addressing racism in one’s sphere of influence.

Our courses are predominantly white people. Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) are welcomed and wanted. All participants are encouraged to reflect upon and share their lived experiences on race and racism. Often this topic assumes BIPOC’s will teach on this topic. That is not the case here. That is the role of the facilitators.  We invite people to collaborate with classmates on their next steps in addressing issues in their neighborhoods, workplaces, and community.

This six-part workshop series examines the history and impact of racism and what participants can do about it.

Fall 2020 Schedule and Topics

Join us on Zoom! Tuesday’s from 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

September 22          The Impact of Racism

September 29          The Roots of Racism

October 6                 Manifestations of Racism

October 13               Understanding Whiteness

October 27               Your Role in Addressing Racism

November 10           Taking Action Against Racism

 

REGISTER HERE

Dec
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An Evening to Promote Racial Justice
Dec 9 @ 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm

Join Us!

On December 9th, join YWCA Southeast Wisconsin for an intimate, frank call to action with this year’s award recipients Sharlen Moore, Urban Underground and Vicky Selkowe, City of Racine, along with a distinctive “fireside chat” with Alejandra Y. Castillo, former National Director of the US Minority Business Development Agency, now CEO of YWCA USA.

Fireside Chat with Alejandra Y. Castillo, CEO, YWCA USA

Alejandra Y. Castillo, former National Director of the Minority Business Development Agency of the US Department of Commerce, took the reigns as CEO of YWCA USA in 2017. As the first Hispanic American woman to lead MBDA she helped secure financing and capital over $19 billion and created/retained 33,000 jobs. With over two decades of public service experience, she has served in two presidential administrations, as well as served as the Executive Director of the Hispanic National Bar Association. Alejandra holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in economics and political science; a Master of Arts degree in public policy from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin; and a Juris Doctorate from American University, Washington College of Law.

YWCA USA serves 2.3 million women and girls around the country through an independent network of 200 associations that provide direct services and advocate for justice and equity, with special emphasis on issues at the intersection of racism and sexism.

 

Our Award Recipients

Eliminating Racism Award: Sharlen Moore

Sharlen Moore has committed her life to building and sustaining grassroots leadership for change. She has a passion for community justice, which led to her co-founding Urban Underground in 2000, a nationally recognized grassroots youth development organization whose members have been at the forefront of youth-led social change in Milwaukee and the region. She is also the founding member of Youth Justice Milwaukee which is a broad-based youth decarceration campaign advocating for the creation of community-based, family-centered, restorative programs as an alternative to locking up youth in Wisconsin prisons. Sharlen’s efforts have touched the lives of countless youth and have inspired a new generation of young leaders that will carry forth the struggle for justice and equality.

Sharlen currently serves as Director of Youth Justice Milwaukee & Urban Underground, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

 

Empowering Women Award: Vicky Selkowe

Vicky Selkowe is the Manager of Strategic Initiatives & Community Partnerships for the City of Racine. In this role, she helps lead the City’s efforts to tackle systemic disparities and inequities and she works with community residents and partner organizations to support and scale up effective strategies and programs. Vicky has been engaged in policy advocacy and systems change in Wisconsin for more than 20 years. She is a public interest attorney who represented low-income clients in employment, housing, and public benefits cases; led statewide anti-poverty policy advocacy efforts; and was Chief of Staff to a State Representative for nearly 6 years. Vicky also spent 4 years as lobbyist for Wisconsin’s largest civil legal aid law firm and was the Lead Instructor for the Wisconsin Women’s Network’s Policy Institute, which empowers women from around the state to become effective policy advocates.

Vicky is a graduate of Beloit College and the University of Wisconsin Law School, and lives in the City of Racine with her husband and his two cats.

 

 

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