Gain Perspective from Dr. Hedy Lemar Walls
Hispanic Heritage Month from mid-September to mid-October celebrates the history, culture and achievements of Hispanic-Americans whose ancestors came from Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The countless contributions made by Hispanic-Americans to our communities and country over the years are incredible and inspiring and this is a wonderful time for all of us to recognize them.
This year’s theme is Esperanza: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage and Hope. This theme was chosen to “celebrate Hispanic Heritage and to reflect on how great our tomorrow can be if we hold onto our resilience and hope. It encourages us to reflect on all of the contributions Hispanics have made in the past, and will continue to make in the future. It is also a reminder that we are stronger together.” The opportunity to learn more about our neighbors and the beautiful tapestry of the cultures in our community is an exciting part our equity work.
Whether it is the Transformational Workplace Culture series, custom training, free online classes or more, the YMCA’s UnitedHealth Group Equity Innovation Center of Excellence 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.
Experience Enlightening Videos
Meet Dolores Huerta, the fearless labor activist who coined the positive protest slogan 'si se puede.’
Read Noteworthy Books
Learn from Karla Cornejo Villavicencio, one of the first undocumented immigrants to graduate from Harvard, as she reveals the hidden lives of her fellow undocumented Americans in this deeply personal and groundbreaking portrait of a nation.
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.
Meet in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month 15 famous Latinx role models you can share with kids.
Explore Organizations Increasing Equity and Becoming More Inclusive
Learn more about how Forest Lake School District’s all school district staff event was a learning session that created a deeper meaning for equity, inclusion and belonging by understanding implicit bias and identifying systems that support the district becoming “culturally responsive” for all.
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 Sezzle for their major investment in the YMCA’s UnitedHealth Group Equity Innovation Center of Excellence. Sezzle is a fast-growing, top-rated financial technology company founded in 2016 and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Sezzle currently has millions of active users and more than 34,000 online retail merchants worldwide. The company’s “Buy Now, Pay Later” mission is to financially empower users by offering a consumer-friendly digital payments solution. It allows customers to buy what they want now and then pay in four installments with no interest or fees, while creating a path to building credit. To learn more visit their Website.
Sezzle’s investment in the YMCA’s UnitedHealth Group Equity Innovation Center of Excellence has supported the Center’s ability to focus on fueling equity innovation for greater impact. By equity, we mean the ability to see and remove structural barriers in systems for people to create equal opportunity. By innovation, we mean fresh approaches and practices that positively impact organizations and communities.