Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Wyman

We stand with our Black, LGBTQ+, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian American, and Pacific Islander young people, colleagues, friends, and neighbors.

Our mission calls us to work for racial equity, commit to anti-racism, and confront all inequities facing our teens and colleagues.


It is our responsibility to stand up, speak out, and take action. Our teens, colleagues, and community can expect:

  • A culture of accountability and visibility. We commit to advocating for equity, for anti-racism, and against white supremacy.
  • A culture of trying. We will be uncomfortable and make mistakes, because if we are not uncomfortable, we are not doing enough.
  • A culture of learning. We commit to developing ourselves individually, and our organization, as anti-racist. We will incorporate what we learn into our daily actions, as well as our organizational work and programs.


We commit to a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are passionate about fostering an inclusive and equitable workplace that promotes and values diversity and belonging, where every member of our team can be confident bringing their whole self to work and achieve their very best.


We acknowledge and honor the fundamental value and dignity of all persons.


We are committed to hiring talented individuals who are passionate about our mission, represent the youth and communities we serve, and contribute to the diversity of our workplace.


We commit to courageous conversations, personal development, social awareness, and fostering a staff and board culture that recognizes systemic inequities and centers the voices of the communities we serve.


We are unified in our shared commitment to excellence in pursuit of our mission and to working with allies to dismantle educational inequities in our communities that create barriers to our vision of equity and opportunity for all youth. 


Wyman's DEI Council

Wyman’s DEI Council was formed in 2019 and is a cross-organizational advisory group that provides leadership, information, ideas, and insights from a variety of perspectives. Individual council members serve as catalysts and champions in promoting ongoing organizational learning, self-assessment, and critical reflection.


The Council ensures that the agency is accountable for real and sustained progress toward our goals and commitments to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.



Crystal Smith
Training and Program Replication Coordinator, National Network

DeVonne Wilson
Senior Vice President, Programs



Ryane Boyd
Persistence Program Manager, Wyman Leaders

Carol Moon
Associate Director, Administration

Kate Neff
Associate Director, Communications

Jason Rose
Director, Site Services

Nikole Shurn
Building Director, Wrap Around Services

Sarah Smith
Director, Human Resources

Nicki Thomson
Senior Director, Research and Learning

Claire Wyneken
President and CEO


2021 DEI Council Goals

The goals that Wyman’s DEI Council is working to achieve in 2021 are the following:


  • Cultivate and distribute DEI resources on a regular basis and plan DEI events or activities for participation by all Wyman staff. Develop virtual and physical DEI libraries where all resources and learnings can be accessed.
  • Adopt a common DEI language and definitions.
  • Increase Wyman’s internal DEI training capacity by researching and investing in opportunities to develop staff in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Develop a purchasing policy reference guide to ensure that minority, women, and LGBTQ+ owned businesses are given the opportunity to provide Wyman with products and services at competitive prices.
  • Launch a Board DEI Task Force whose work aligns with the DEI Council.


Wyman's DEI Word Bank

We invite you to join us on our personal and professional journeys to be anti-racist, equitable, and inclusive. We encourage you to:

  • Use the word. Find a way to use the term as it is defined.
  • Share the word. Share, with at least one person, the word and its definition.
  • Practice the behavior of the word. How can you practice behaviors aligned with a positive word (such as being inclusive) or interrupt yourself practicing a less desirable behavior (such as being exclusive)?


Critical Race Theory: “Critical race theory states that U.S. social institutions (e.g., the criminal justice system, education system, labor market, housing market, and healthcare system) are laced with racism embedded in laws, regulations, rules, and procedures that lead to differential outcomes by race” (Source: The Brookings Institution. Why are states banning critical race theory?; American Bar Association. A Lesson on Critical Race Theory).


Cultural Competence: The ability to understand, communicate with, and effectively interact with people across cultures. Grounded in the respect and appreciation of cultural differences, cultural competence is demonstrated in the attitudes, behaviors, practices, and policies of people, organizations, and systems.


Intersectionality: This term describes the ways in which race, class, gender, and other aspects of our identity “intersect” – overlap and interact – with one another, informing the way in which individuals simultaneously experience oppression and privilege in their daily lives interpersonally and systemically. Intersectionality promotes the idea that aspects of our identity do not work in a silo and provides a basis for understanding how these individual identity markers work with one another (Source: Center for the Study of Social Policy. Using an Anti-Racist Intersectional Frame at CSSP).


Social Identity: Our sense of who we are and our place in the world relative to our membership in a combination of social groups.


Homophobia vs. Unconscious Bias: The fear, hatred, discomfort with, or mistrust of people who are lesbian, gay, or bisexual. Whereas unconscious bias is a deeply held preference for or dislike of a given social group that typically operates below the level of conscious awareness and tends to influence one’s actions, decisions, and behaviors towards members of that group (Source: Planned Parenthood. What are homophobia and sexual orientation discrimination).


Transgender: An umbrella term for people whose gender identity differs from the sex they were assigned at birth. People under the transgender umbrella may describe themselves using one or more of a wide variety of terms (Source: GLAAD – GLAAD Media Reference Guide).


Equality: The effort to treat everyone the same or to ensure that everyone has access to the same opportunities. However, only working to achieve equality ignores historical and structural factors that benefit some social groups and disadvantages other social groups in ways that create differential starting points (Source: YWCA – Our Shared Language: Social Justice Glossary).


Equity: The effort to provide different levels of support based on an individual’s or group’s needs in order to achieve fairness in outcomes. Working to achieve equity acknowledges unequal starting places and the need to correct the imbalance (Source: YWCA – Our Shared Language: Social Justice Glossary).


Diversity: The overall mix of differences and similarities among all groups including but not limited to race, gender, class, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, physical and mental abilities, national origin, veteran status, religion/spiritual beliefs, education, occupation, personality characteristics.


Inclusion: The extent to which cultural and social processes within a community allow for all groups to utilize their full potential and access the full benefits of community membership…If diversity is the mix, then inclusion is about making the mix work – it reflects the ability of leaders to create an environment, through their own behavior and through the establishment of policies, practices, and procedures, where people are comfortable showing up as themselves; are valued and respected; and experience being fully at the table (Source: The Center for the Study of Social Policy).


DEI Resources

Click on each topic to view resources cultivated by Wyman’s DEI Council.


Wyman Book Club Picks


Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage and Stop AAPI Hate


Celebrate and Advocate for the LGBTQ+ Community


Recognize and Celebrate Juneteenth (June 19th)


Black Lives, History, and Achievements Matter


Race, Racism, and Anti-Racism


Dismantle Educational Inequities


Wyman Voices
Hear from some of the young people in Wyman’s programs as they share their voices and perspectives on important and relevant topics.