We recognize that we are living in unprecedented times and we are experiencing various emotions due to the circumstances around us. We acknowledge that words can never eliminate the trauma, grief and fear that many are feeling regarding the death of George Floyd, but we hope that our words can provide comfort, support and opportunities to heal together. On behalf of the entire YMCA, our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies are with the Floyd family, friends, co-workers and community – including our YMCA Family in Minnesota.

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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.


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.

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.

Executive Board Social Responsibility Committee

    • Andres Gonzalez*
      VP, Diversity & Inclusion, CDO
    • Alexa Alfaro
      President & CEO
      Meat on the Street
    • Damian Buchman
      President & CEO
      The Ability Center
    • Alvin Hill
      Senior Director of Diversity & Cultural Competence
      Milwaukee Center for Independence
    • Jason Rae
      President & CEO
      Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce
    • Lydia Smith
      Sr. Manager, Diversity & Inclusion
    • Elizabeth Strike
      Sr. Diversity and Inclusion Talent Consultant
      Associated Bank Milwaukee

*Committee Chair

DIG Committee Members:

    • Shaneé Jenkins
      Vice President, Social Responsibility & Operations
      YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee
    • Dan Flynn
      Human Resources Manager
      YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee
    • Eli Fyksen
      Senior Director of Operations – Camp Minikani
      YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee
    • Jen Warren
      Marketing Director
      YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee
    • Leila Wright
      Executive Director
      Rite-Hite Family YMCA|YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee

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