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Diversity and Inclusion

Statement of Diversity and Inclusion

The YMCA of Greater Cleveland is an organization of people joined together by a shared commitment to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. By prioritizing diversity and inclusion, we seek to ensure that all segments of society have access to the YMCA and feel welcome and fully engaged as participants, members, staff and volunteers.

D&I News

Save the Date: Second Annual Holiday Party

Thursday, December 7 from 1-4 p.m. in Butler Hall of the Downtown YMCA. All staff and volunteers welcome. We will also be accepting donations for the Giving Tree for the Open Door and Y-Haven Men's Re-entry programs.

YMCA of Greater Cleveland recognized for Best Workplace Diversity by the Greater Cleveland Partnership

The YMCA of Greater Cleveland's Diversity & Inclusion efforts were recognized on June 20 as a Commission on Economic Inclusion 2012 Best-in-Class member organization.

Selections were based on results of the 2012 Employers Survey on Diversity™, and follow-up interviews by Commission staff. Three honorees—one nonprofit/government organization, one for-profit company and a middle-market member—were chosen in each category. Click below to read more about their initiatives that drive diversity and inclusion within their organizations.

Click here to read more about the Y's Best-in-Class Workforce Diversity - Middle Market Award

YMCA of Cleveland's Diversity Efforts Recognized in Phenomenal Woman Magazine

Click here to read the Issuu publication. The Y is featured on page 14.

YMCA of Greater Cleveland D&I Committee

Alan Armstrong
Christal Crosby
Barb Freeman
Tanner Gilbert
John Graves
Noelle Gwin
Nichol Higdon
Harrison Johnson
Sam Kincaid
Amanda Lloyd
Rakeen Patterson
Danielle Render
Chris Scheuer
Janet Schneider


Rising Tide(D&I Committee Publication)
Winter 2012-13
Spring 2013

Fall 2013

Multicultural Development (Y-USA Newsletter)
September 2012

For more information on the Diverstiy & Inclusion efforts at the YMCA of Greater Cleveland, email us.


As part of the D&I initiative,tThe YMCA of Greater Cleveland participated in The LeadDIVERSITY program. The program is applicatio-selected and prospects must meet specific criteria to be selected, including essay, questionare and references. The program's goals are:

Participants gain:

Organizations Gain:

The Diversity Center of NE Ohio started its LeadDIVERSITY program in 2001 and the first graduating class was in 2002. Since its inception, they have had 391 participants from all over Ohio. The graduating class of 2013, included the YMCA of Greater Cleveland's own Barb Freeman and Sam Kincaid.

Barb felt that her experience enabled her to have a better perspective on diversity and inclusion at both a personal and professional level. We have already applied some of the things we learned in providing diversity training to all of our employees.

Sam shared that the program offered the opportunity to learn and share what area companies are doing in the D&I movement and have presented many ideas, as well as fostering relationships with like driven leaders in the area. It's also a great measuring tool to see how effectively the YMCA is moving forward.

Currently, Noelle Gwin, is participating in the program and hopes to find new and innovative ways to share the concept of diversity and inclusion across the association.