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.

deliberate dialogue discussions

View our Deliberate Dialogue Discussions, a series of intentional conversations with community leaders, on the social determinants of health.  These discussions took place the week of the 2021 YMCA MLK Celebration.

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.

Areas of opportunity

Adopting DIG policies and practices helps us operationalize and build organizational capacity to better serve our diverse communities. The YMCA has identified areas of opportunity where integrating DIG strategies internally allows us to better fulfill our mission. 

See how our Y has been activating these areas:

Explore our latest report

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.

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*
    • Dina Abercrombie
      Northwestern Mutual
    • Damian Buchman
      The Ability Center
    • Guillermo Gutierrez
      Manpower Group
    • Alvin Hill
      Centers for Independence
    • Samantha Maldonado
    • Christopher Pierce
    • Jason Rae
      Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce
    • Elizabeth Strike
      Children’s Wisconsin

*Committee Chair

DIG-E YMCA Staff Committee Members:

    • Brook Mayborne*
      Chief Human Resources Officer
    • Diego Flores
      Day Camp Director
    • Eli Fyksen
      Executive Director, Camp Minikani
    • Zach Hutchins
      Aquatic Director
    • Trevor Poppe
      Executive Director
    • Bianca Pruitt
      Membership Director
    • Bette-Jo Reno-Ehnert
      Membership Director
    • Lizandra Rivera
      School Age Education Director
    • Emily Salas
      Marketing Executive
    • Leila Wright
      Senior Executive, Mission Advancement

For information on to get involved with the Y’s DIG movement, please contact Brook Mayborne, Chief Human Resources Officer at bmayborne@ymcamke.org.