Gain Perspective from Dr. Hedy Lemar Walls
The YMCA Equity Innovation Center is here for you to intentionally engage in thought-provoking experiences and resources that will expand your knowledge and skills. We invite individuals and groups to embark on a pathway of Leading with Excellence and Equity through learning experiences that can be applied in system change work for greater equity. Join us on the journey through engaging sessions held virtually on Zoom, safe in person or in a mixture of virtual and in-person settings.
Equity on the Move in the Y
Summertime means enjoying the outdoors. At our YMCA we work with you and other people and organizations to strengthen our communities by ensuring all belong. An area where we have focused is nature experiences at our camps.
One program we have is S.T.E.P.S. which stands for Supporting the Transformation of Equity and Power in Outdoor Spaces. The goal of the taking S.T.E.P.S initiative is to thoughtfully and intentionally create more opportunities for BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ families to experience the north woods in a family camp setting.
In doing so, we hope to change the experience of who is present and continue to grow a culture of universal belonging at camp. More than 80 families are projected to be served from 2021-2022.
Camp participant Ana wrote a beautiful poem titled Belonging about her first experience with her blended family at YMCA Camp Northern Lights.
Connect with our team to discuss how we can support you.
Read past issues of the UnitedHealth Group Equity Innovation Center of Excellence Connection.
Experience Enlightening Videos
Acknowledge the voices and pay equity journey of many Black/African American Women on Black Women’s Equal Pay Day on August 3 by watching this enlightening video about the intersectionality of several dimensions of diversity: race, gender and socioeconomics, from the Equal Rights organization, as they uplift the continuous equity journey for Black Women’s Equal Pay.
Read Noteworthy Books
Celebrate Friendship Day on August 7 and check out the book The Colors of Culture: The Beauty of Diverse Friendships by Melinda Joy Mingo. She encourages readers to purge what they think they know about other cultures and to initiate small steps toward befriending others. Through stories spanning over several countries, the author details the importance of culturally diverse relationships and the significance of shifting away from cultural assumptions and moving toward cultural humility.
Meet the Team
Meet the UnitedHealth Group Equity Innovation Center Staff. Learn about the diverse stakeholders from all sectors that help us develop a common understanding of the ever-changing world around us.
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.
Tune in to the conversation from Minnesota Public Radio News and the Minnesota History Center as they share the story of three brave Minnesota women whose contributions supported women having the right to vote with the certification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution on August 26, 1920. Minnesota was the 15th state to ratify the amendment.
Learn More About Cultures in Our Community
Find out more about The Day of Ashura, an important occasion marked on the Islamic calendar that carries a spiritual and historical significance for both Sunni and Shia Muslims. Learn more about Ashura and how it is culturally observed by members in the community.