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YMCA Diversity & Inclusion Statement

At the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, we believe in honoring our Christian mission, living our cause, acting in accordance with our values, and placing the greater good above self. It is our belief that, in a diverse world, we are stronger when our doors are open to all. Diversity and inclusion are core tenets of our mission “for all.” Our commitment to inclusion programs creates better communities, a better country, and a better world… for a better us. We work to ensure that everyone in our community feels welcome and fully engaged as program participants, members, team members and volunteers.

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. To truly be inclusive and welcoming to all, it is critical to understand that there are many factors that make up and influence a person’s individuality. If we hold too narrow a view of what constitutes diversity, we will miss opportunities to effectively engage, connect and serve all members of our communities. Learn about the various dimensions of diversity.
 

Equal Employment Opportunities

The YMCA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, or other legally-protected status. The YMCA is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment consistent with its mission.

 

Our Commitment to Anti-Racism

We recognize that the effects of systemic racism show up in every aspect of society, from disparities in health care and education to housing, employment and more.

We're on a journey to become an anti-racist, multicultural organization within all areas of the Y. That means intentionally promoting all aspects of inclusion, ensuring diverse representation in our leadership, and partnering with communities to lead social change through anti-racist policies, words and actions. We believe in creating a culture of BELONGING: “the shared experience of co-created unity that grounds identity and transforms otherness into togetherness.” At the Y, You belong here.

BLANK SPACES

The blank spaces in the core, secondary and organizational dimensions acknowledge that the Diversity Wheel can never accurately (or fully) represent any single person’s experiences. These spaces allow an individual to add dimensions that are important to their identity.

Diversity & Inclusion
For Social Responsibility

Diversity, Inclusion & Global Committee

The diversity, Inclusion & Global committee of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte's Board of Directors is chartered to be a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte's work. The committee provides expertise and leadership on diversity, inclusion and global matters, and helps develop organizational policies, procedures and goals.

Employee Resource Groups

Employee Resource Groups create supportive, inclusive spaces within YMCA of Greater Charlotte for team members at all levels, with all backgrounds. Through an ERG, you can find career & personal development tools, have fun, network, engage underserved communities and make your mark by helping to facilitate change.

Supplier Diversity

The YMCA of Greater Charlotte is committed to developing mutually beneficial business relationships with diverse business enterprises through its supplier diversity initiative. As part of our commitment to ensuring access, inclusion, and engagement for all, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte aims to create an inclusive sourcing environment by emphasizing procurement opportunities for minority- and woman-owned businesses.