Racial Justice

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For 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).


Get Involved

Unlearning Racism: Tools for Action©

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

Conversations on Race

This six-part series will help you discuss and break down racial bias. This is 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.

Upcoming Racial & Equity Justice Activities

An Evening to Promote Racial Justice, December 2021