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163 On Demand – Fostering Empathy, Reflection & Action in Equity Training

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM PT
Monday, November 15

Learning 2021 on-demand sessions are recorded videos you can access starting at this date and time, and watch at your own convenience.

Organizations seek behavior change where employees think, act, and communicate in ways that advance equity—yet they often treat D&I training as a box to check. Changing behavior and enabling learners to develop empathy, question themselves, and reflect on their beliefs requires learning experiences that shift from status quo approaches and a willingness to face organizational challenges and lean in to the uncomfortable. Like many organizations, the YMCA of the USA is taking a deeper look at its history, operational practices, and organizational strategies, which may have been designed with bias and support systemic racism. This session examines approaches and techniques that the YMCA of the USA is using to provide employees at every level continuous learning opportunities to advance equity. We’ll delve into key shifts in learning design and delivery, learn how to partner with your organization’s D&I team, and discuss strategies for leveraging your strengths.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Tactics for partnering with the D&I team
  • Strategies for leveraging internal strengths while partnering with external organizations to create learning experiences
  • Pitfalls to avoid to create continuous learning opportunities that advance equity

Michael Farris

Senior Director, Diversity and Inclusion

YMCA of the USA

Michael Farris Jr. serves as senior director of diversity and inclusion with YMCA of the USA’s Diversity, Inclusion, Global and Multicultural Development team, endeavoring to help YMCA of the USA and local YMCAs become anti-racist, multicultural organizations advancing equity and inclusion. Michael also delivers trainings, capacity building, executive coaching, and customized technical support aimed at helping YMCAs operate as safe, relevant, and sustainable centers of community. A social justice warrior, activist, and strategic agitator, Michael is a senior executive with over 15 years of experience in nonprofit management, community development, strategic planning, and community organizing. He holds a B.S. in corporate fitness and wellness from Grand Valley State University and a M.S. in athletic and sport business administration from the University of Central Missouri.

Kay Meredith

Senior Manager, Learning Design and Development

YMCA of the USA

Kay Meredith is the senior manager of learning design and development at YMCA of the USA. An impact-focused leader with more than 15 years in adult learning, she’s passionate about creating learning solutions for the modern learner that leverage the learning ecosystem. At YMCA of the USA, Kay helps lead the creation and management of learning programs for staff and volunteers across the country in the areas of equity, leadership, youth development, and healthy living. Kay holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Fisk University and a master’s in integrated marketing communications from Northwestern University.