Photo courtesy of YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas

The YMCA is teaming up with Reliant Energy to create Racial Equity and Innovation Centers in 2021 across nine Dallas Y locations, including the Mooreland Family YMCA at Oak Cliff.

A $100,000 grant from Reliant will help create these new centers. The initiative will include in-person Equity Centers and mobile and online learning capabilities in the future.

Rodrigua Ross, Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, is leading the creation and deployment of the Racial Equity and Innovation Centers.

The Equity Centers will:

  • Serve as a space to lead, organize, advocate and meaningfully connect with a shared focus of creating a more inclusive community.
  • Seek innovative ways to solve problems around inequity, intolerance and exclusion.
  • Focus on strategy development, leadership development and collective impact approaches that support eliminating racism, bias and prejudice.
  • Highlight community-based programs, partnerships and events.