Gain Perspective from Dr. Hedy Lemar Walls
We are experiencing challenges directly related to equity and inclusion. There is an opportunity for all of us to get more educated and enlightened together through listening and learning on how to create better workplaces where all can thrive.
Organizations across our community are looking at how to improve hiring and training practices, and review policies and processes to ensure racial equity for their teams. Marketing and ad agencies, media outlets, law firms, universities, corporations, government agencies and nonprofits are committed to represent and reflect the communities they serve. We are all doing the work necessary to better create a workplace culture that is welcoming and inclusive for all.
The YMCA Equity Innovation Center is here for you to intentionally engage you in thought-provoking experiences and resources that will expand your knowledge and skills. Together, we can create a future for all to thrive.
Enjoy Enlightening Videos
Remembering Representative John Lewis in his own words in an enriching video. John Robert Lewis, the son of sharecroppers who survived a brutal beating by police during a landmark 1965 march in Selma, Alabama, to become a leading civil rights leader and US congressman for over 30 years, died on July 17 at the age of 80.
Read Noteworthy Books
Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother and a woman, Robin Kimmerer shows how other living beings—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices in the book Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants.
Strengthen Our Community Together
With your support, the Y is making an impact right now for you and your neighbors. See the many ways in which we are making a difference.
For three years Wing Young Huie photographed the dizzying diversity in the St. Paul neighborhoods connected by the major University Avenue thoroughfare. From old world to developing world to modern world, this jammed stretch of storefronts, big box retailers, blue-collar neighborhoods, and burgeoning condominium communities—in the midst of one of the highest concentrations of international immigrants in the country—collectively reflects the colliding and evolving American experience.