Gain Perspective from Dr. Hedy Lemar Walls
As we celebrate the Fourth of July and our freedom in the United States, we know in our equity work that we have neighbors and colleagues who face obstacles to enjoy the opportunities to experience all our country has to offer. We know that system changes must happen to eradicate disparities. Everyone in America should have the right if they want to get a college education, own a home, receive quality health care, love who they want, attain a good job and so much more. The freedom to choose is a gift – one that many times we take for granted.
In our equity journey we are encouraged to see the progress in our community and companies to make real change and create more opportunities for all to experience freedom. It is up to us to continue to help all to feel welcome, to belong, and most importantly, to be free.
Whether it is the Transformational Workplace Culture series, custom training, free online classes or more, 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 hope you will join us as you continue your equity journey.
Experience Enlightening Videos
Hear from Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez as she recounts her story of finding opportunity and stability in the United States. She examines the flaws in narratives that simplify and idealize the immigrant experience -- and shares hard-earned wisdom on the best way to help those around us. "Our world is one that flourishes when different voices come together," she says.
Read Noteworthy Books
Learn in America for Americans how the United States, known as a nation of immigrants, is also a nation of xenophobia. Author Erika Lee explains how xenophobia works, why it has endured, and how it threatens America.
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.
Check out Rutherford Falls, a comedy confronting everyday colonialism and how it may usher in a new era of Native representation in television and film.
Learn More About Cultures in Our Community
Find out more about the Black residents of Tulsa, Oklahoma's Greenwood neighborhood who were attacked by a mob of angry white people in 1921. More than 300 people were killed and thousands were left homeless. Now, 100 years later, Tulsa is still reckoning with what lessons to take from that deadly massacre.
Explore Organizations Increasing Equity and Becoming More Inclusive
Learn more about how the city of Forest Lake’s Everyone Belongs project set out to engage members of the community in authentic conversations about how to address implicit bias and enhance empathy, inclusion and diversity.
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.
A Special Thank You
Thank you to Power of 100 that chose THRIVE which is a community collaboration advancing equity in the city of Hastings. Partners in THRIVE include the Hastings YMCA, the YMCA UnitedHealth Group Equity Innovation Center, Building Remembrances for Reconciliation, Dakota County, the City of Hastings, ISD 200, Hastings Community Education, Hastings Family Service, the Hastings Chamber of Commerce, Pleasant Hill Public Library, Hastings Reads, AAUW, Black Dirt Theater, and student clubs at Hastings High School and Hastings Middle School.
THRIVE in Hastings has three main objectives:
- Improve trust and safety for all,
- Expand cultural competency in Hastings, and
- Build bridges so that everyone feels welcome.
THRIVE plans to continue working with the YMCA UnitedHealth Group Equity Innovation Center of Excellence and their other community partners in fulfilling their future endeavors in the Hastings community.