Our Diversity, Inclusion, & Global (DIG) Innovation Statement:
As a member of the YMCA’s DIG Innovation Network, we are honored to be guided in our pursuits for a more inclusive, diverse, and equitable society by upholding the following board-approved statement in all we do:
“Frost Valley YMCA strives to be a place where all people belong, where our ongoing work increases inclusion and diversity, where equity is evident in our decisions and actions, and where all are respected. We do this to ensure that all people have the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity.”
About The YMCA’s DIG Innovation Network
The Diversity, Inclusion and Global (DIG) Innovation Network consists of over 70 YMCAs across the country, including Frost Valley, all of which have made an organizational commitment to integrate diversity, inclusion and global strategies across key operational and programmatic areas to strengthen their capacity to serve diverse and underserved populations, foster community cohesion, and address systemic equity and inclusion issues. By fully integrating DIG work into operations and programs, the DIG Innovation Network is leading the Y’s commitment to diverse and underserved communities 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 with dignity.
The YMCA’s 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. Our Diversity Wheel is a tool for 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 their personality. Frost Valley’s staff are trained with this very wheel, and our programs and services revolve around the understanding and respect of all dimensions of diversity.
Frost Valley’s DIG Innovation Committee
Made up of staff members from a variety of professional backgrounds and areas of expertise as well as representing a range of the dimensions of diversity, Frost Valley’s DIG Innovation Committee was formally established in early 2019. The committee meets monthly (or more frequently as needed) and members lead sub-groups of staff (including non-committee members) to pursue various priorities that seek to maintain and improve diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in the workplace and for the guest/camper experience.
Frost Valley’s Antiracism Task Force
This is a group of trustees from various backgrounds, who formally established themselves as a board task force in the late summer of 2020. The goal of the Antiracism Task Force is to enhance board member’s knowledge and awareness of the intersection of race, privilege, and the Frost Valley experience. All members of the Frost Valley family are invited by the task force to explore and discuss these readings within their communities:
- What is Racism? The Seven I’s by David E. Kirkland, Executive Director of The NYU Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and The Transformation of Schools
- How to Promote Racial Equity in the Workplace by author and Harvard Kennedy School faculty member, Robert Livingston for Harvard Business Review
- Fear Interrupted: Reframing Cross-Cultural Narratives at Camp by Niami Jaha-Echols for the American Camp Association
DIG Innovation Action Updates
New in 2020: you can now follow along on the DIG Innovation section of our blog for updates and news about steps Frost Valley is taking and the measurable impact of this work. Thank you for your sustained support and trust throughout our process of reflecting, reckoning, and building a new future. We encourage each of you to join us on this journey, and we will continue to update our community as we pursue this vital work, ensuring that our mission always remains for all.