Racial Justice Summit: Intent Vs. IMPACT

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 9:00am

THANK YOU to everyone who came to our first Racial Justice Summit. Photos and reflections posted soon.

YWCA of Olympia invites the community to a unique and first-ever YWCA Racial Justice Summit “Intent vs. IMPACT

This multifaceted event will engage our community in deeper dialogue and understanding about the experiences of People of Color in Thurston County, and beyond. Workshops will give participants a chance to explore their own personal work and potential skills to strengthen their community through fostering a deeper awareness. Come prepared to have a meaningful experience. Attending this beautiful event will also support important Racial Justice work in our community. 

The first Annual Racial Justice Summit will provide a point of engagement for everyone. From those who want to listen or dialogue about race and racism for the first time, to seasoned allies and activists who have long been involved in racial justice, to People of Color of all ages, experiences, and backgrounds, this event is not to be missed.

This daylong event will include a series of workshops & caucuses, a panel discussion, and spoken word. The featured keynote address will be delivered by Nikkita Oliver, a Seattle-based creative, teaching artist, and anti-racist organizer. Her writing has appeared in the South Seattle Emerald, Crosscut, and the Stranger. She holds a J.D. and Masters of Education from the University of Washington. She is a writer-in-residence with Writers in the Schools and the case manager for Creative Justice--an arts-based alternative to incarceration.

Nikkita is the 2015 recipient of the Seattle Office of Civil Rights Artist Human Rights Leader Award, the Seattle Poetry Slam Grand Champion 2014, has been on and coached numerous national poetry slam teams at both the youth and adult levels. She opened for Cornel West and Chuck D of Public Enemy and performed on The Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert.

Registration for the Racial Justice Summit is $75 ($60 for students, seniors & veterans). Needs-based scholarships available.


More info: Contact YWCA Olympia at 360.352.0593 or by email at ywca@ywcaofolympia.org

When: Saturday, May 6 from 9:00 – 5:00pm

Where: South Puget Sound Community College-SPSCC (Student Union Building)

Registration: $75 per ticket ($60 for students, seniors & veterans), need-based scholarships available


Thank you to 2017 Racial Justice Summit Partners: Full Circle United & Olympia Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ)

The 2017 Racial Justice Summit is supported in part by a grant from the Community Foundation of South Puget Sound's Irving A. Lassen Foundation Fund. Scholarships provided by Heritage Bank, the South Puget Sound Community College Foundation and other investors committed to this work. Thank you to venue sponsor SPSCC and artwork by Erin McAdams.