YMCA of Metro Chicago Diversity and Inclusion Position

July 13, 2016

The Y values an environment that fosters respect, fairness, and appreciation for all aspects of diversity. We share the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility and supports member diversity in every sense, including gender identity."

The Y is committed to providing programs and services that are inclusive and welcoming to all, regardless of gender, gender expression, gender identity, income, faith, ability, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or cultural background. We value an environment that fosters respect, fairness, and appreciation for all aspects of diversity, which includes maintaining an environment free from any form of discrimination, harassment, intimidation or retaliation. 

To support this, the Y:

We recognize our commitment in support of the rights of all individuals can cause some to feel uncomfortable and can raise questions about safety. I want you to know that the safety of all members and guests is always our primary concern at the Y. The expanded inclusion policy doesn’t give anyone a new opportunity to behave inappropriately.

We are continuing our proven security measures, including continuous monitoring of our facilities, to ensure the safety and rights of all members. As always, if we see evidence of or receive a report of anyone who is acting out-of-line or appears suspicious in our facility, we will promptly take appropriate action. It’s our goal for all members to thrive at the Y, and this is why we will do our best to support each of you while maintaining a safe environment that reflects the inclusive values we share.

If you have any questions or concerns about our diversity and inclusion guidelines, please contact your Center’s Executive Director. Our goal is to ensure that all members feel welcome and valued at the Y.

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