Our mission calls for us to embrace and work for equity and inclusion.

We are committed to providing a safe environment of acceptance, education, and inclusion for our young people 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, against oppression in all forms, 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 and anti-oppression. We will incorporate what we learn into our daily actions, as well as our programs and organizational work.

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

We commit to an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are passionate about fostering an inclusive and equitable space that promotes and values diversity and belonging, where every teen and staff member can be confident bringing their whole self to Wyman and achieving their very best.

We commit to courageous conversations, personal development, social awareness, and fostering an organizational culture and program spaces that recognize systemic inequities and center the voices of the youth and 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.

2022 DEI Council Goals

The goals that Wyman’s DEI Council is working to achieve in 2022 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.
  • Increase Wyman’s internal DEI training capacity by researching and investing in opportunities to develop staff in DEI.
  • Identify and advocate for potential internal Wyman policy changes to align with integration of DEI culture.
  • Provide feedback and collaboration in development of Wyman communications and trainings to ensure they reflect a DEI lens.
  • Support the build out and advancement of the Board DEI Task Force.
  • 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.

DEI Council Leadership

DeVonne Wilson
DEI Council Chair
Senior Vice President, Programs

Christina Donald
DEI Council & Board Task Force Liaison
Senior Vice President, Advocacy

Kate Neff
DEI Council Secretary
Associate Director, Communications

DEI Council Members

Ryane Boyd
Persistence Program Manager, Wyman Leaders

Grace Bramman
Associate Director, Evaluation & Grants

Bryan Capers
Partner Services Director, National Network

Troy Miles
Associate Director, Annual Fund

Carol Moon
Associate Director, Administration

Anisa Reynolds
Post-Secondary Access Coach, Wyman Leaders

Jason Rose
Director, Site Services

Crystal Smith
Training and Program Replication Manager, National Network

Sarah Smith
Director, Human Resources

Arielle Washington
TOP Specialist

DEI RESOUCES

View resources cultivated by Wyman’s DEI Council

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DEI WORD BANK

Use the word. Share the word. Practice the behavior of the word.

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