Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

At the Y, we’re proudly ‘For All.’ But what does ‘For All’ mean if some of us are prevented from accessing the opportunities we need to thrive? We acknowledge and commit to a journey of addressing the systemic inequities that impact the Rock River Valley.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 

The Y is made up of people of all ages, from all walks of life, working side-by-side to strengthen communities. Together, we strive to ensure that everyone, regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender expression, gender identity, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation has the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity. Our core values are caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith — they guide everything we do.

Advancing Equity

Equity is a continual process of ensuring that every individual has the access and opportunity they need to thrive and are not at a disadvantage from achieving their potential because of their background, identity, or social position. To advance equity, we must evaluate and dismantle the systemic barriers to opportunities and resources that have prevented the full participation of some groups - based on certain characteristics - and develop relevant solutions and support systems.