Gain Perspective from Dr. Hedy Lemar Walls
The opportunities to explore and learn more about the incredible diverse cultures that make up the beautiful tapestry of our communities is integral to our equity journeys.
In May we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month that recognizes the culture and contributions of our neighbors of Asian and Pacific Islander descent including East, Southeast and South Asia and the Pacific Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.
As of 2019, there are about 22.9 million people of Asian or Pacific Islander descent in the United States and according to Pew Research Center, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders make up seven percent of the total U.S. population. Today Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing racial group in the U.S.
Take some time to discover and commemorate the unique journey of all Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and how vital they are to what makes our community and country so great.
Whether it is the Equity Leadership Institute, 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.
Connect with our team to discuss how we can support you.
Read past issues of the UnitedHealth Group Equity Innovation Center of Excellence Connection.
Learn More About Cultures in Our Community
Recognize Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islander Americans for their contributions made to the nation by viewing stories and lived experiences of local Minnesota Asian Pacific Americans #MinneAsianStories.
Experience Enlightening Videos
Honor Memorial Day and the intersectionality of the journey to equity by uplifting the voices of our military men and women and bring awareness to the cognitive dissonance experienced during celebrations where terms such as hero and phrases like "thank you for your service" are heavily imposed upon them. Experience Part 1 of the enlightening series of the BBC web documentary, What Makes a Hero? to learn more.
Read Noteworthy Books
Check out author Laura Liswood’s book The Elephant and the Mouse: Moving Beyond the Illusion of Inclusion to Create a Truly Diverse and Equitable Workplace that offers a thought-provoking and insightful guide exploring the Elephant and the Mouse perspective of workplace dynamics that create roadblocks to consciously inclusive success.
Strengthen Our Community Together
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Celebrate on May 21 the United Nation’s World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development that offers opportunities to gain a better understanding and value of cultural diversity around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity through an interactive online exhibition of arts and culture from around the world.
Explore Organizations Increasing Equity and Becoming More Inclusive
Learn more about how the Northfield YMCA jumpstarted their equity journey with a process to identify areas of greatest opportunity and created a plan to serve their community better.