Equity Innovation Center
Discover ways you can empower your organization through the Y’s Equity Innovation Center programs and services.
The Equity Innovation Center is located on the third floor at the Dayton YMCA at Gaviidae in downtown Minneapolis. The Center brings together diverse stakeholders from all sectors to develop a common understanding of and design solutions to challenges related to equity, diversity and inclusion.
This space is the first of its kind within the YMCA national movement and provides an interactive simulator designed and built by the Science Museum of Minnesota. The social innovation experiential learning activities include a design thinking process for developing a deeper understanding of how social equity issues effect daily work, life and society.
As part of the Equity Innovation Center, the simulator provides an experiential hands-on learning space that includes state-of-the-art simulations on equity, diversity, inclusion, and global realities. The goals of the simulator experience are to:
Equity Innovation Labs explore how organizations and communities can help to bring about social innovation, corporate responsibility and entrepreneurship. Each lab session begins with a complex problem from which a group can design solutions.
Participants can include:
Individuals and organizations can learn to:
A customized Lab experience may include:
As a key component of the Equity Innovation Center space, the simulator will be an experiential learning program that reflects state of the art simulations related to equity, diversity, inclusion, and global realities. As part of the simulator experience, participants will:
Participants in the lab will benefit from current research that shows how transformational leadership relates to identity, integration, intrinsic motivation, and influence.
The Y believes that if people gain a greater understanding of themselves and the motivations of the people around them, they will be more effective in all relationships and be inspired to meet human needs through social innovation, social justice and equity.
The Social Responsibility Assessment (SRA) is an online measurement tool that organizations can use to assess their current level of social responsibility. The tool helps highlight successes within an organization and outlines areas to focus future efforts towards greater social responsibility.
The SRA will strengthen organizations’ ability to:
The Equity Leader Institute was designed and implemented by the Y to provide leadership in advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion both internally and externally. By participating in the Equity Leader Institute, you will engage in best practices and develop the human-centered design skills to intentionally engage internal staff and external stakeholders and community through facilitative discussions and intercultural relationships.
Aspects of the program include:
Those who participate will:
The Student Survey, created in partnership with Search Institute, helps organizations determine how the youth programs you offer are impacting young people. The survey examines youth capabilities, youth characteristics and program capabilities, including:
With insights from the survey, your organization can improve and refine its youth-focused programs and services.
Conduct a Student Survey in your organization.