32nd Annual Conference

March 10-12, 2020

Minneapolis Convention Center, Minnesota

Equity Innovation Experience—A Transformational Learning Experience Connecting the Past to the Present

Offsite Immersive Learning Experience

Day 1

Session Code: ILE-1
When: March 10, 2020
Location/Room: Visitor Information Center, Main Lobby
Level: Intermediate
Track: Social Responsibility
Presenters: Dr. Hedy Lemar Walls, YMCA of the North  |  Scott Peterson, YMCA of the North


Explore the pathways of colonialism in a northside-Minneapolis community through a period of time, and experience the root causes of the pathways, through experiential learning that connects the dots for understanding the current local and national political affairs.

You will have a deeper understanding of not only what happens at the local level, but also how the same occurrences happen within your own community based on similar political actions that sustain the “status quo” of communities. The experience will provide a unique transformation where participants will be able to see life from another’s point of view, challenging your mental models.

Learning Outcomes
  • Participate in a life-altering, visceral experience that leads to useful discourse insights into social challenges
  • Be transformed and inspired to solve problems in a novel way through the lens of equity and inclusion
  • Explore paradigm shifts for unpacking bias around race, gender and ethnicity


About The YMCA Equity Innovation Center

The YMCA Equity Innovation Center is a collaborative engine of equity innovation serving the Twin Cities region and beyond. More than a place or a program, it serves as a national center of excellence that seeks innovative ways to solve intractable problems around inequity, intolerance and exclusion. It began as way to expand the work of the Mission Impact Council that was created to address the disparities facing thousands of Twin Cities urban and underserved youth including those of East African/Somali, Hmong, African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, and Homeless and Highly Mobile communities. Today, The YMCA Equity Innovation Center brings together thought leaders and change agents from across the region to identify best practice, develop future practices, convene individuals, groups and power communities, and to be a resource.

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