Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The YMCA of Walla Walla is committed to strengthening communities to effect lasting, meaningful change.  The execution of our mission requires substantial engagement of our entire community and is only attainable when diversity and inclusion are core to our planning, programming, staffing, messaging, organizational structure and partnerships.

 

The YMCA of Walla Walla is committed to recruiting, developing, and retaining diverse talent from the entry level to the Executive level.  We also understand the need to have systems of accountability in place and ongoing cultural competence training to ensure all people feel a sense of belonging and safety in order to excel in their contribution.  We aim to address the services we provide and the suppliers and community partnership we seek and support through a diversity and equity lens.  We will know that it is working when the most marginalized groups are thriving and are an integral part of the organization.

 

For the Y to remain relevant and of service to the community as a whole our membership and programs must ensure a culture of accessibility and respect for all ages, races, gender, orientation, beliefs and abilities. We are proud of the fact that the Y’s membership today is equally represented by men and women of every age and reflects the rich cultural diversity of our region. There is still work to be done and with your help we will do it.