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ABOUT DREAM & OUR GOALS

D.R.E.A.M (Determined, Resilient, Engaged, Access & Movement), is the Dallas YMCA’s African American Employee Resource Group. We aim to address issues African-Americans face in our workplace, community, and country as well as celebrate their success. Join our ERG today!

We encourage you to take a trip to the YMCA Archives for the history of African Americans and the YMCA 

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DREAM EVENTS

DREAM FREEDOM TOUR
BLACK HISTORY MONTH

February 1st through February 28th is recognized as African American History, or Black History Month. DREAM is taking a FREEDOM TOUR to showcase Black culture and experiences. Register now!

PAST DREAM EVENTS

JUNETEENTH - On June 18th, 2021, DREAM held a Juneteenth Celebration at the Park South YMCA with guest speaker: Donald Payton

FREEDOM TOUR FRIDAYS 2021 - YMCA staff celebrated Black History Month by taking a FREEDOM TOUR to learn the history of Black people in Dallas.  Learn More

"SAY THEIR NAMES" MEMORIAL - On September 15, YMCA staff attended the temporary Say Their Names Memorial at Klyde Warren Park. For more information about this memorial, visit: www.saytheirnamesmemorials.com

BREAK THE SILENCE - Break The Silence was a virtual open and honest dialogue with staff about daily interaction and personal experiences relating to being Black/African American. Listen To The Recording

6 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO SUPPORT RACIAL EQUITY IN THE WORKPLACE

  1. Take Harvard’s Implicit Association Test to assess where you are at in your anti-racist journey.
  2. Read, Listen, and Learn. Read read a book, review an article or blog or listen to a podcast. Learn a new perspective that may be life altering in a positive way.
  3. Non-people of color to take a honest, heartfelt look at your staff and colleagues and start a conversation. It may be awkward, strange and uncomfortable, but that’s okay.
  4. People of color to start opening yourselves to others and sharing your stories in a respectful, mindful way so that others can not only understand but can empathize and learn what they may be able to do.
  5. Speak Up & Out about an injustice or uncomfortable situation as it happens everyday. Allies and advocates need to support others so they will know they are not alone.
  6. Join an ERG. We need our ERGs and all of our dimensions of diversity to shine now more than ever. ERGs are for learners, supporters, and allies. Visit www.ymcadallas.org/ERG to register.

 

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Diversity, Inclusion, and Global Engagement

The YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Commitment to Inclusion: The Y is made up of people of all ages and from every walk of life working side by side to strengthen communities. Together we work to ensure that everyone, regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, ideology, income, national origin, race or sexual orientation has the opportunity to reach their full potential with dignity. Our core values are caring, honesty, respect and responsibility—they guide everything we do.

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