Racial Justice

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2038: A More Just and Equitable Southeast Wisconsin

YWCA Southeast Wisconsin is a part of the national movement of over 200 YWCA’s working to eliminate racism. Our commitment, like our national organization, runs deep. While the YWCA has been working in Milwaukee since 1893, addressing issues facing women, our mission has been refined to focus on the challenges of racism and civil rights.

History teaches us that women of color have often been at the apex of important changes. The suffragette movement saw women of color working to address their voting rights while white women fought for their own rights, ignoring the needs of black and brown women.

Progress comes slowly. In order to address racism, in all the places where we witness its oppressive power, we need people who understand it, can address it and challenge it. We will end racism when more people, particularly white people, understand the importance of taking action to intervene and change racialized outcomes impacting people of color in work, personal and structural settings.

We recognize the challenges facing our community. We know that being in denial of the history and impact of racism will not change outcomes in our community.

Our approach is to transform the landscape of our region to address racial inequities in their many forms (criminal justice, education, health, housing, employment).

Take a look at our vision  and framework for a more just and equitable Southeast Wisconsin.

Racial Justice Framework

Our Impact

Unlearning Racism: Tools for Action©

Join us for an opportunity to learn about the history and impact of racism and what you can do about it.

Workplace Consulting

We offer tailored training to hiring managers and leadership teams at businesses, universities, nonprofits, and churches throughout the region.

2038: A More Just and Equitable Milwaukee

The year 2038 will serve as our benchmark for tracking progress on racial justice issues in Milwaukee.

Our Approach

  • We offer voter registration on-site
    • provide advocacy alerts via email and online and
    • have done research into employment disparities for people with limited soft skills and/ irregular work histories.

  • We bring people together to learn from one another while sharing information and knowledge via
    • book clubs
    • panel discussions (for example: Stand Against Racism, Talk-Back Tuesdays and Thoughtful Thursdays)
    • An Annual An Evening to Promote Racial Justice


  • Unlearning Racism: Tools for Action©. Our six-part, 24-hour education series offered in Milwaukee and Racine affords participants the opportunity to learn about the impact, history, manifestations, whiteness, and addressing racism in one’s sphere of influence. We invite people to collaborate with classmates on their next steps in addressing issues in their neighborhoods, workplaces, and community.
  • Other educational programs cover racial implicit bias, microaggressions, and whiteness / white privilege. These offerings vary from 45 minute to 4 or more hours and allow participants to learn more about racism in a focused session.

  • We offer tailored programs designed to address the needs of your organization, business, nonprofit or collective. This consulting can begin with an assessment of where the organization is currently seeing racial inequities from their own data or knows that issues exist and need assistance addressing them.