Diversity, Inclusion & Global Engagement at our Y
The Eugene Family YMCA is a diverse organization of people joined together by a shared commitment to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. Cause-driven YMCAs are led by staff and volunteers who intentionally and continuously strive to promote an inclusive organizational culture that values all dimensions of diversity, strengthens inclusion, and builds global community in the U.S. and abroad. In short, we are committed to ensuring equity and justice, and actively promoting a culture of equity free from bias and injustice. We strive to achieve equal access, resolve inequities and remove institutional barriers that limit the ability of all people to develop their full potential.
We are on a journey to become an anti-racist, multicultural organization that values human diversity in all its forms and actively opposes racism by connecting and educating people and mobilizing community action. We firmly assert that Black Lives Matter.
A RESOLUTION OF THE EUGENE FAMILY YMCA
DIVERSITY, INCLUSION AND GLOBAL ENGAGEMENT
THE GOVERNING BOARD OF THE EUGENE FAMILY YMCA, a 501(C)3 nonprofit in the State of Oregon, finds
A. WHEREAS the Eugene Family YMCA has been, and remains, committed to the protection and service of
ALL of our staff, volunteers, members, neighbors, donors and partners; and
B. WHEREAS the Eugene Family YMCA’s Mission Statement promises to strengthen our diverse community
by offering programs and services that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for ALL; and
C. WHEREAS the Eugene Family YMCA respects the diversity of our staff, volunteers, members,
customers, neighbors, donors, vendors and partners; and
D. WHEREAS the Eugene Family YMCA is committed to providing a safe space where the rich diversity of
our community can be honored, heard, respected and served and we will do this regardless of race,
ethnicity, gender identify, national origin, faith, age, income levels, sexual orientation, immigration status
or other protected status; and
E. WHEREAS the Eugene Family YMCA promises that we will be a positive, unique influence in service to
our community, grounded in our commitment to the following values:
-We create an environment where trust flourishes and people are safe.
-We demonstrate unconditional love for self and others.
-We develop self-confidence, self-esteem and self-respect.
-We appreciate diversity.
-We are fair.
BE IT RESOLVED that the Eugene Family YMCA Governing Board hereby reaffirms its support of YMCA of
the USA’s national diversity, inclusion, and global engagement efforts and the Eugene Family YMCA’s drive
to participate in, and align with, these efforts; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that with community demographics rapidly changing and opportunity gaps and
social divides widening, our communities need the Eugene Family YMCA to be a leader in driving social
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Eugene Family YMCA's diversity, inclusion, and global policies,
practices, and procedures must effectively serve individuals from all backgrounds and respond to the
social issues with the opportunities they need to overcome barriers and reach their full potential; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Eugene Family YMCA strive to achieve equal access, resolve inequities
and remove institutional barriers that limit the ability of all people to develop their full potential; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Eugene Family YMCA will work to ensure that everyone has an
opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that these will not simply be words on a page but represent enduring structural
change to ensure equity and justice and actively promote a culture of equity free from bias and injustice;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, BY THE GOVERNING BOARD OF THE EUGENE FAMILY YMCA, a 501(C)3
nonprofit in the State of Oregon, that we ask the Chief Executive Officer of the Eugene Family YMCA to:
1. Consistently advance the Eugene Family YMCA’s participation and engagement with YMCA of the
USA’s diversity, inclusion, and global engagement efforts in ways that drive and refine the Eugene
Family YMCA’s access and engagement on behalf of ALL in the community; and
2. Lead in assisting the Eugene Family YMCA’s Board and staff in regularly and consistently examining
and expanding services, programs, policies, procedures, collaborations and strategies that advance
the Eugene Family YMCA’s diversity, inclusion, and global engagement efforts and impacts.
The foregoing Resolution adopted and effective the 21st day of October, 2020.
Stop Racism, Hate Crimes, and Xenophobia
The Y’s National Asian Pacific Islander Leadership Network (APILN) stands against hate, racism, xenophobia in all its forms. Specifically, we condemn the increase of hate crimes being perpetrated in Asian Pacific Islander (API) communities across the nation.
The surge in hate and violence against Asian Pacific Islander’s over the last few weeks and the last year, have been horrifying. Major news outlets have failed to adequately report these numerous instances. Over the past several weeks we have seen:
- An 84-year-old Thai American, in San Francisco, died from injuries after he was pushed to the sidewalk.
- A 64-year old Vietnamese American woman, in San Jose, was robbed of $1,000 in cash which she had just withdrawn for Lunar New Year.
- A 61-year old Filipino American, in New York, was slashed in the face during a subway confrontation.
- A 91-year-old man was shoved to the ground, in the Oakland Chinatown, by an assailant who is believed to have thrown two other elderly Asians to the ground. These attacks in Oakland are part of more than 20 robberies and assaults reported to Chinatown community leaders ahead of the Lunar New Year.
- A 19-year-old Chinese adoptee Christian Hall was experiencing a mental health crisis, in Philadelphia, when video shows he was shot and killed by a state police officer, while his hands were raised.
These hateful, racist attacks perpetrated against Asian Pacific Islanders are happening daily and we have seen an increase over the past year – with 2,808 hate crimes against API Communities reported by the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center in 2020 alone.
We can be part of the solution, individually and collectively. We need to stand up and speak out for equity and justice. This is a pressing community need, and the Y always has responded to pressing community needs. We must all fight back against racism, hate, xenophobia, and bigotry in all its forms.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
External Bystander Intervention Trainings
Bystander Intervention to Address Anti-Asian/American and Xenophobic Harassment: In partnership with asian americans advancing justice | aajc. This one-hour, interactive training will start by talking about the types of disrespect that asian and asian american folks are facing right now — from microaggressions to violence. You’ll learn what to look for and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening. Sign up for FREE training and learn more.