Gain Perspective from Dr. Hedy Lemar Walls
Three years ago in Minnesota, we changed Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. Minnesota is home to almost a dozen tribal nations. This year the holiday is October 11 to honor native cultures and recognize their history, culture and achievements.
One unique commemoration experience to participate in is the Indigenous Peoples Day Sunrise Ceremony on October 11 at Thomas Beach on Bde Maka Ska in Minneapolis hosted by the Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors (MUID). For more information, visit facebook.com/muid.group.
The opportunity to learn more about our neighbors and the beautiful tapestry of the cultures that make up our community is an exciting part of our equity work.
Whether it is the Equity Leadership Institute, Transformational Workplace Culture series, custom training, free online classes or more, the YMCA Equity Innovation Center is here for you to intentionally engage in thought-provoking experiences and resources that will expand your knowledge and skills. We hope you will join us as you continue your equity journey.
Connect with our team to discuss how we can support you.
Read past issues of the UnitedHealth Group Equity Innovation Center Connection.
Experience Enlightening Videos
Explore how accountability is a process and not a destination. Over the years accountability has been at the heart of transformative justice work and in this video practitioners discuss how accountability is enacted and some challenges in the journey.
Read Noteworthy Books
Honor National Disability Employment Awareness Month by reading a collection of essays written by Lambda Literary Award-winning writer and longtime activist and performance artist Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha. She explores the politics and realities of disability justice, a movement that centers the lives and leadership of sick and disabled queer, trans, Black, and brown people, with knowledge and gifts for all.
Strengthen Our Community Together
With your support, the Y is making an impact right now for you and your neighbors. See the many ways in which we are making a difference.
Check out the TedTalk: Success, Failure and the Drive to Keep Creating where writer Elizabeth Gilbert who was once an unpublished diner waitress devastated by rejection letters shares that in the wake of her successful book and movie Eat, Pray, Love, she found herself identifying strongly with her former self.
Learn More About Cultures in Our Community
Discover six charts that dismantle the trope of Asian Americans as a model minority – a characterization that flattens the diverse experiences of Asian Americans into a singular, narrow narrative and paints a misleading picture about the community that doesn't align with current statistics.
Explore Organizations Increasing Equity and Becoming More Inclusive
Learn more about when Bloomington declared racism as a public health crisis and the community worked together to determine its racial equity priorities using the social determinants of health and identifying ways to ensure that systems support all who live, work and play in the city.
Join our Healing Circles
YWCA St. Paul, in partnership with our UHG Equity Innovation Center, invites community members living, working and/or fellowshipping in the Midway area of St. Paul to join Healing Circles, a supportive, facilitated space to affirm African American culture, community and lived experience, and to share dialogue and feelings to promote health and well-being.