YMCA OF METROPOLITAN MILWAUKEE

The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee is committed to equity and inclusion by ensuring that all members of our community have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. We celebrate diversity and effectively engage, connect and advocate for our staff, members, and volunteers which will position us to respond and remain relevant to issues impacting our communities.

DIG INNOVATION NETWORK

The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee is a part of the DIG Innovation Network.
A DIG Innovation YMCA is a pioneer Y dedicated to creating, strengthening and replicating innovative diversity, inclusion and global services, partnerships and best practices at home and abroad that foster greater community cohesion and social equity. DIG Innovation Ys drive and showcase the U.S. YMCA movement’s efforts to advance diversity and inclusion and build global community in partnership with YMCA of the USA and other local YMCAs.

The YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee will take an active leadership role in the national strategic priority to ensure access, engagement and inclusion for all as articulated in our collective cause driven organizational behaviors. View our 2018 – Current YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee DIG Timeline.

Dimensions of Diversity

This Diversity Wheel diagram represents the various dimensions of diversity. To truly be inclusive and welcoming to all, it is critical to understand the many factors that make up and influence a person’s individuality. To learn about the different dimensions of diversity, click on the button below.

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our Changing Communities

Communities across the U.S. are rapidly changing. As neighborhoods become more diverse, it is important that we understand who is in our communities and how best to serve their interests and needs.

equality vs. equity – Advancing Equity for All

The terms equity and equality are sometimes used interchangeably, but while these concepts are related, there are also important distinctions between the two. Equality is defined as treating everyone the same, while equity is giving everyone what they need to be successful. Everyone should have the opportunity to be successful and live a fulfilling life. Unfortunately we don’t all start off in the same situations, or have the same lifestyles, backgrounds, needs and wants. Far too many people, especially those in underserved groups and communities, lack equal access to resources, opportunities or support systems. To truly promote equity,  we must “level the playing field” by identifying and eliminating barriers, and helping to develop solutions and support systems – so that all individuals can successfully realize their potential.

In the graphic above, the apples represent opportunities people need in order to reach their potential; the size of the individuals represents the impact that systemic inequities has on people and communities; and the boxes represent support systems that help individuals overcome barriers so they can thrive.

YMCA Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Statement

The YMCA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, or other legally-protected status.  The YMCA is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment consistent with its mission.

Get involved with the ymca dig movement

To demonstrate our commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Global and Equity(DIG), the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee has formed an internal committee to help operationalize diversity, inclusion, global and equity practices, policies within our association so that our Y  can effectively serve all backgrounds and be responsive to the needs of the community.

DIG Committee Members:

  • Shaneé Jenkins
  • Dan Flynn
  • Eli Fyksen
  • Bianca Pruitt
  • Lizandra Rivera
  • Jen Warren
  • Leila Wright

For information on to get involved with the Y’s DIG movement, please contact Shaneé Jenkins; VP, Operations & Social Responsibility at sjenkins@ymcamke.org.