father and daughter basketball at the Eugene YMCA- Diversity & Inclusion

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.

"Anti-racism is the work of actively opposing racism by advocating for changes in political, economic, and social life. Anti-racism tends to be an individualized approach and set up in opposition to individual racist behaviors and impacts." — Definition by Race Forward

On September 18, 2022, your Y held it's first-ever Welcoming Festival, which brought together newcomers and U.S.-born residents in a spirit of unity. It was a wonderful event celebrating our diverse community and building connections. See photos from the event below.