Diversity & Inclusion
The Y is a diverse organization of people joined together by a shared commitment to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. Cause-driven YMCAs are led by staff and volunteers who intentionally and continuously strive to promote an inclusive organizational culture that values diversity, strengthens inclusion, and builds global community in the U.S. and abroad. By prioritizing diversity and inclusion, we seek to ensure that all segments of society have access to the Y and feel welcome and fully engaged as participants, members, staff, and volunteers. The Y is a force for building bridges among all people to advance our cause of strengthening community.
Diversity: The presence of differences that make each person unique and that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another.
Inclusion: The full engagement and development of all YMCA stakeholders (participants, members, staff, policy volunteers, program volunteers, partners, local communities,
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The Diversity Wheel
To be truly inclusive and welcoming to all, it is critical to understand the many factors that make up and influence an individual and his or her personality.