Diversity, Inclusion and Global Engagement
The YMCA of Greater Long Beach is a purposeful and collaborative cause-driven movement that is responsive to community needs. In every neighborhood, we lead through inclusive ad innovative services that unite community partners, connect individuals and families to improve the health and well-being of all.
DIG INNOVATION Y
The YMCA of Greater Long Beach has been recognized by Y-USA as a DIG Innovation Y. Being DIG Innovation Y means we are seen as a pioneer and leader committed to creating, strengthening and replication innovative global services, partnerships and organizational development best practices at home and abroad. Together with the other DIG Innovation Ys we drive and showcase the efforts to lead the expansion of opportunities for progressive diversity and inclusion practices and the building of global community in partnership with the Y-USA.
DIVERSITY, INCLUSION, AND GLOBAL COMMITTEE
The Diversity, Inclusion, and Global committee of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach is made up of key staff that hold different positions at each one of our branches. The committee meets quarterly to discuss the organization's DIG priorities to ensure all segments of society have access to the Y. The following are questions that drive the work of the committee:
- How do we respond to changing community demographics?
- How do we engage diverse population and ensure access to the Y?
- How do we strengthen our diversity and inclusion practices?
- How do we adapt policies and procedures to ensure relevancy to diverse populations?
The YMCA of Greater Long Beach has been recognized by Y-USA as a Global Center of Excellence (GCE) YMCA. We are seen as a pioneer and leader committed to creating, strengthening and replicating innovative global services, partnerships and organization development best practices at home and abroad.
What is Diversity and Inclusion?
The presence of differences that make each person unique and that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another.
The full engagement and development of all Y stakeholders (staff, participants, members, policy volunteers, program volunteers, partners, communities, vendors, etc.).
Equity is the guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all, while striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented full participation of some groups; it acknowledges historically underserved and underrepresented populations, and that fairness regarding these unbalanced conditions is needed to assist equality in the provision of effective opportunities to all groups.