"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
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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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.