We believe that in a diverse world, we are stronger when we are inclusive and our doors are open to all. It is therefore critical to both our mission and our business that Ys develop and integrate strategies to effectively engage, advocate for and serve all. This commitment to access, inclusion and engagement helps to ensure the Y’s continued relevancy, viability and impact as a cause-driven organization focused on strengthening community.
Employee Resource Groups
At the Y, strengthening community is our cause and ensuring access, inclusion and engagement is fundamental for all. We are committed to recognizing and embracing all dimensions of diversity to better serve our neighbors. Employee Resources Groups, or ERGs, are all about community. ERGs help build community within the Y and connect the Y to the communities that we aim to serve. ERG work is strengthened by our foundational cornerstones:
Staff & Volunteer Leadership Development
ERGs work to ensure leaders are reflective of and trusted within the communities they serve and provide guidance to ensure diversity at all levels of leadership. ERGs support recruitment and retention efforts that are inclusive of all dimensions of diversity.
ERGs support the organization's knowledge building and strategic engagement aimed at meeting diverse community needs, addressing demographic shifts, and strengthening communities. ERGs advise the Y's advancement of diversity and inclusion through policies, brand, governance and operational practices.
Building Bridges Between Communities
ERGs serve as a space for people to learn and better understand one another to create inclusive spaces and strengthen communities. The Y sees the ERGs as bridge builders between individuals, groups and communities.
The YMCA of Greater Richmond currently supports 5 Employee Resource Groups:
African-American Employee Resource Group
Emerging Leaders Employee Resource Group
Hispanic/Latino Leaders Employee Resource Group
LGBTQ Employee Resource Group
Women's Leadership Network Employee Resource Group
Each ERG is led by a steering committee made up of full-time Y staff and supported by an Executive Sponsor from our Association Leadership Team. ERGs host programs, activities and discussions created to help all YMCA staff connect, learn and grow.