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Fellow state employees,
In support of Blacks United In Leadership and Diversity (BUILD) and the Black community, the Washington State Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council Events Subcommittee invites you to the “We Can’t Be Silent: White Accountability Listening Sessions” for state employees.
More info below.
The University of Washington and Washington State University, with support from Tacoma Community College, have created the Washington State Food Security Survey to gain a better understanding of how the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has impacted economic security and food access for Washington State residents. The survey is both computer and smart phone-capable. All Washington State residents who are 18 years or older are invited to participate!
More info below.
Inslee announces task force members to address issues of policing and racial justice...
2020 Statewide Employee Engagement Survey Demographic Questions:
BUILD appreciates the presentation in our May meeting and the opportunity to take part in the 2020 Employee Engagement Demographic Questions survey. We look forward to turning science into action. Below is the response from OFM on the survey. Remember, we can’t improve what we don’t measure.
Dear fellow state employee,
Today is Juneteenth, the day we commemorate and recognize as Freedom Day for slaves in Galveston, Texas who were told they were free by Union soldiers on June 19, 1865, two and a half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation that became effective in January 1863. This is a day of reflection, acknowledgement, celebration and action.
A message from Gregory T. Hinton, Vice President of Finance and Operations, Edmonds College.
From their website: You are invited to join us in observing Juneteenth also known as Freedom Day or Independence Day, is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery in the United States.
More info below.
Poverty Reduction Work Group: "We want your feedback on the 10-year Plan to Reduce Poverty and Inequality. Join us to learn about the 8 strategies." More info below.
"The People’s Gathering is a professional/personal development learning experience that provides a supportive space in which participants can engage in frank and open dialogue about race and racial disparities that are systemically present in work, school and everyday life."
Find more info about this virtual event below!
Our new Resources page is growing, find information about the WA Therapy Fund after the jump.
From their website: "Our purpose is to honor and remember a special milestone in black history: June 19, 1865. On this day, African Americans forced into slavery in the United States were officially and legally free (ish)." More info after the jump.
Blacks United In Diversity and Leadership supports the LGBTQ+ community, and honors Pride Month.
Hosted by Marilyn Strickland and Sam Cho. More info after the jump.
BUILD was made aware of the following events. Please love one another and stay safe.
A live discussion about how the ongoing national conversation about racism is impacting life at work for everyone, particularly Black people. Register after the jump.
Governor Jay Inslee declares June 19, 2020 "Juneteenth" in a ceremonial declaration!
Read the original 6/5/2020 announcement from BUILD below.
A message from the Office of Administrative Hearings.
A message from the Rainbow Alliance and Inclusion Network (RAIN), a fellow Washington State BRG.
Read a joint message from the Tacoma Chamber and Development Board for Tacoma-Pierce County.
More messages from the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services.
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