Gain Perspective from Dr. Hedy Lemar Walls
Spring has sprung. Now is the time for all of us to reflect on what we have learned since last April. With this renewal, have you realized the importance to opening up and learning how to be a part of the solution in creating workplaces, neighborhoods and communities where all can thrive? Your equity journey needs to be nourished with new learning experiences.
Do you have a new appreciation to take time to relax in your daily routines and reflect on the world around you? Do you have a new commitment for expanding your relationships not only with family and friends but also with community members of different ethnic cultures? Spring is a great time to look at where you are on the path and where there are areas you want to explore more on a variety of topics.
Whether it is the Equity Leadership Institute, Transformational Workplace Culture series, custom training, free online classes or more, the YMCA’s UnitedHealth Group Equity Innovation Center is here for you to intentionally engage in thought-provoking experiences and resources that will expand your knowledge and skills. We hope you will join us as you continue your equity journey
Experience Enlightening Videos
Look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias and understand how the two can combine to create even more harm. Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term "intersectionality" to describe this phenomenon; as she says, if you're standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you're likely to get hit by both. In this moving talk, she calls on us to bear witness to this reality and speak up for victims of prejudice.
Read Noteworthy Books
Learn more about a woman who was known to the world as Emily Doe when she stunned millions with her victim impact statement as a survivor of sexual assault. To read Chanel Miller’s memoir Know My Name is to bear witness, to challenge our beliefs about what is acceptable, and to see Chanel and all survivors in their full humanity. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
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.
Explore original mixed media illustrations by Ricardo Levins Morales – with messages for the difficult times of COVID-19 and get free digital downloads.
Learn More About Cultures in Our Community
Find out more about how during the coronavirus pandemic, Asian Americans have experienced a sharp increase in racist verbal abuse and physical attacks. Anti-Asian racism has taken different forms over the course of our history. Author and historian Erika Lee and author and activist Helen Zia discuss how the past can help inform our understanding of where we are today.
Explore Organizations Increasing Equity and Becoming More Inclusive
Learn more about the City of Burnsville's very diverse, vibrant community and how they committed to providing services and approaching their work with an equity lens and being as responsive and open as they can to serving the community.
Join our Healing Circles
YWCA St. Paul, in partnership with our UHG Equity Innovation Center, invites community members living, working and/or fellowshipping in the Midway area of St. Paul to join Healing Circles, a supportive, facilitated space to affirm African American culture, community and lived experience, and to share dialogue and feelings to promote health and well-being.