OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION
The YMCA of MEWSA's mission of diversity, equity and inclusion is to strengthen our community by ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation. with an equal opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity.
We aim to do this FOR ALL by utilizing our core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. We recognize that a diverse and inclusive organization is foundational to developing and engaging everyone across the entire Y spectrum, both internally and externally. Our volunteers, members, program participants, families, leaders, staff, vendors, suppliers, donors, collaborators, and the community at large all contribute to our efforts to make positive, lasting personal and social change.
WHAT IS DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION?
The presence of differences that make each person unique and that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another.
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.
The full engagement and development of all Y stakeholders (staff, participants, members, policy volunteers, program volunteers, partners, communities, vendors, etc.).
DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION (DEI) COMMITTEE
The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee of the YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge & South Amboy is made up of members from our Association Board and Branch Boards as well as key staff that hold different positions at each one of our branches. The committee meets monthly to discuss the organization's diversity and inclusion 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?