COMMITMENT STATEMENT

Board Approved August 2017 & November 2019

Camp Manito-wish YMCA strives to create an inclusive environment by upholding human dignity, valuing diversity, and acknowledging unique experiences.

 

Simply stating these words however are not enough. As we explore what this means to Camp, we have realized that we have only scratched the surface of the work we can and need to do.  Diversity and Equity come in many forms.  Our work is ever mindful of the various dimensions of diversity, as shown below, and how equity not equality must be addressed as well.

 

Diversity as shown on the Diversity Wheel and providing for equity is complex.

 

Our journey is ever evolving. The DEI committee, formed in 2018, evaluates current policies, practices, procedures and programs to work towards creating an environment that is safe and welcoming for all. Originally led by Pat Soldan when he was Operations Director, then by John Stoddard and now by Tracy Watson and Jeff Pereles as Co-chairs. Over that time, the committee has consisted of 5-6 full time staff and 3-4 seasonal staff members who would serve 2-year terms.

Currently the DEI committee is comprised of Tracy and Jeff, Sean Hurtubise, Ezler Jandrasi, Ansley Laev, Tim Sheehan, Ally Sheehan, Karmen Tornow, Ali Warner, and Quincy Williams.

DEI Committee Goals

 Goal 1. Further Infuse DEI Best Practices into Staff & Camper Recruitment and Outreach

Goal 2.  Review of Boulder Lake Property for Incorporation of DEI Best Practices

Goal 3.  Incorporate DEI Best Practices into Camp Program Preparation, Planning, and Execution       

Goal 4.  Incorporate DEI Best Practices into our Development & Financial Operations

Goal 5.  Organizationally Meet or Exceed DEI Best Practices

Each goal has various strategies and objectives to provide for the accomplishment of the goals. Clink on this link to see the entire strategic plan goals and strategies. For a listing of objectives, which have already been accomplished, click here. (see word document to link to completed items since 2018)

Education/Resources

At Manito-wish, we believe that we are stronger when we are inclusive and when everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.  Camp Manito-wish YMCA is committed to continuing to learn and educate ourselves along our journey to ensure we are utilizing best practices so that the Manito-wish experience is one that is without unconscious barriers.  Below you will find resources that you may find helpful on your own journey.

 

Advancing Equity Video

Testimonials

Every day he and his trip mates worked through challenges together. Every day they got closer….It was one of the best, and most formative, experiences he’s ever had.
O. G.

Testimonials

Every day he and his trip mates worked through challenges together. Every day they got closer….It was one of the best, and most formative, experiences he’s ever had.
O. G.

COMMITMENT STATEMENT

Board Approved August 2017 & November 2019

Camp Manito-wish YMCA strives to create an inclusive environment by upholding human dignity, valuing diversity, and acknowledging unique experiences.

 

Simply stating these words however are not enough. As we explore what this means to Camp, we have realized that we have only scratched the surface of the work we can and need to do.  Diversity and Equity come in many forms.  Our work is ever mindful of the various dimensions of diversity, as shown below, and how equity not equality must be addressed as well.

 

Diversity as shown on the Diversity Wheel and providing for equity is complex.

 

Our journey is ever evolving. The DEI committee, formed in 2018, evaluates current policies, practices, procedures and programs to work towards creating an environment that is safe and welcoming for all. Originally led by Pat Soldan when he was Operations Director, then by John Stoddard and now by Tracy Watson and Jeff Pereles as Co-chairs. Over that time, the committee has consisted of 5-6 full time staff and 3-4 seasonal staff members who would serve 2-year terms.

Currently the DEI committee is comprised of Tracy and Jeff, Sean Hurtubise, Ezler Jandrasi, Ansley Laev, Tim Sheehan, Ally Sheehan, Karmen Tornow, Ali Warner, and Quincy Williams.

DEI Committee Goals

 Goal 1. Further Infuse DEI Best Practices into Staff & Camper Recruitment and Outreach

Goal 2.  Review of Boulder Lake Property for Incorporation of DEI Best Practices

Goal 3.  Incorporate DEI Best Practices into Camp Program Preparation, Planning, and Execution       

Goal 4.  Incorporate DEI Best Practices into our Development & Financial Operations

Goal 5.  Organizationally Meet or Exceed DEI Best Practices

Each goal has various strategies and objectives to provide for the accomplishment of the goals. Clink on this link to see the entire strategic plan goals and strategies. For a listing of objectives, which have already been accomplished, click here. (see word document to link to completed items since 2018)

Education/Resources

At Manito-wish, we believe that we are stronger when we are inclusive and when everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.  Camp Manito-wish YMCA is committed to continuing to learn and educate ourselves along our journey to ensure we are utilizing best practices so that the Manito-wish experience is one that is without unconscious barriers.  Below you will find resources that you may find helpful on your own journey.

 

Advancing Equity Video