Diversity, Inclusion and Global Innovation

 


diversity, inclusion & global innovation network MISSION

"The Summit Area YMCA is committed to creating a culture in which diversity and inclusion are integral to everyday operations. Our Y will empower communities through access to the support and connections all people need to learn, grow, and thrive. Through welcoming, inclusive practices and environments, we will welcome and engage all people from all diverse groups of the community to help and impact lasting, meaningful change."

—Approved by the Summit Area YMCA Board of Trustees, February 2017


DIMENSIONS OF DIVERSITY

The Y is made up of people from all walks of life who are joined together by a shared commitment to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Our Diversity Wheel is a key to understanding all the dimensions of diversity. To be truly inclusive and welcoming to all, it is critical to understand the many factors that make up and influence an individual and his or her personality. Our Y staff are trained with this very wheel, and our programs and services revolve around the understanding and respect of all dimensions of diversity.

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FIRST GLOBAL CENTER OF EXCELLENCE IN THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY

In 2008, Y-USA developed the Global Centers of Excellence (GCE) network as a core strategy to respond to rapidly changing demographics and build local Y capacity to welcome, connect, advocate for, and serve diverse and underserved communities at home and abroad. In line with the Summit Area YMCA's continual commitment to providing meaningful programs and services for our diverse community, we proudly became the first Global Center of Excellence within the State of New Jersey.

In 2016, the network’s name was changed to more accurately reflect the full strategy of operationalizing diversity, inclusion and global (DIG) practices to advance social equity and inclusion, and foster community cohesion. The new name is the Diversity, Inclusion and Global Innovation Network or, the DIG Innovation Network. The DIG Innovation Network is leading the Movement’s efforts in outreach to diverse and underserved communities, community bridge-building, and driving program innovation so that everyone, regardless of who they are or where they come from, has an opportunity to reach their full potential.

 

dig innovation NETWORK

list of DIG INNOVATION YMCAS IN THE UNITED STATES

See below for a list of the 71 DIG InnovationYMCAS across the US as of November 2016.

CALIFORNIA
Channel Islands YMCA
YMCA of Greater Long Beach
YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles
YMCA of San Diego County
YMCA of San Francisco
YMCA of Silicon Valley
YMCA of the Foothills

COLORADO
YMCA of Boulder Valley
YMCA of Metro Denver
YMCA of the Rockies

CONNECTICUT
YMCA of Greater Hartford

DELAWARE
YMCA of Delaware

FLORIDA
Florida’s First Coast YMCA
YMCA of Central Florida

ILLINOIS
West Cook YMCA
YMCA of Metro Chicago
YMCA of the University of Illinois

INDIANA
YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne
YMCA of Greater Indianapolis

IOWA
YMCA of Greater Des Moines

KENTUCKY
Kentucky YMCA Youth Assoc.
YMCA of Central Kentucky
YMCA of Greater Louisville

MAINE
YMCA of Southern Maine

MARYLAND
YMCA of Central Maryland

MASSACHUSETTS
Hockomock Area YMCA
Merrimack Valley YMCA Old Colony YMCA
YMCA of Central Massachusetts
YMCA of Greater Boston
YMCA of Greater Springfield Inc.

MICHIGAN
Ann Arbor YMCA
YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids
YMCA of Metro Detroit

MINNESOTA
YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities

MISSOURI
Gateway Region YMCA
YMCA of Greater Kansas City

MONTANA
Greater Missoula Family YMCA

NEW JERSEY
Summit Area YMCA
Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges

NEW YORK
Capital District YMCA
YMCA of Greater Long Island
YMCA of Greater New York
YMCA of Greater Rochester
YMCA of Yonkers Inc.

NORTH CAROLINA
YMCA of Greater Charlotte
YMCA of Northwest North Carolina
YMCA of the Triangle
YMCA of Western North Carolina Inc.

OHIO
YMCA of Central Ohio
YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
YMCA of Greater Cleveland

PENNSYLVANIA
Central Bucks Family YMCA
York & York County YMCA
YMCA of Greater Brandywine
YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh
YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity

RHODE ISLAND
YMCA of Greater Providence

SOUTH CAROLINA
YMCA of Greenville

TENNESSEE
YMCA of Memphis & The Mid-South
YMCA of Middle Tennessee

TEXAS
Austin Metropolitan YMCA
YMCA of Greater Houston
YMCA of Greater San Antonio

VIRGINIA
YMCA of Greater Richmond
YMCA of South Hampton Roads
Kitsap Counties

WISCONSIN
YMCA of Dane County Inc.
YMCA of the Fox Cities

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