Our voice is BUILDing
Hello RAIN Community,
Please see the below message from our friends at the Blacks United in Leadership and Diversity (BUILD) BRG. RAIN’s leadership joins with BUILD in expressing our love and support for all of those affected and suffering due to the tragedy in Buffalo, NY over the weekend. We specifically hold members of the LGBTQ+ community, who have faced discrimination and abuse, in our thoughts and encourage our community to seek ways to uplift and support those and other marginalized voices in this conflict.
Taja Blackhorn, Co-Chair
Ryan Douglas, Co-Chair
Rainbow Alliance and Inclusion Network (RAIN)
Original message from RAIN
The Washington State DEI Summit is June 7, 14, 21, and 28. This event is virtual.
This year's theme this:
Acknowledging Our Past, Transforming Our Future
Interviews about the Summit moderated by BUILD's very own, Sharon Armstrong!
Check out more interviews!
"The term disability justice was coined out of conversations between disabled queer women of color activists in 2005, including Patty Berne of Sins Invalid (and Mia Mingus & Stacy Milbern, who eventually united with Leroy Moore, Eli Clare, and Sebastian Margaret) seeking to challenge radical and progressive movements to more fully address ableism."
Read more at their site.
The Disability Inclusion Network invites all state agencies to join us during the month of October for Disability Employment and Awareness month. A time to learn, understand and consider the value persons with disabilities bring to the workforce and our communities. Disability inclusion is a fundamental core of our statewide Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) efforts to create and sustain the Governor’s initiative for a “Respectful and Inclusive Workplace.” The DIN wants the State of Washington to be an employer of choice for persons with disabilities
The Washington State Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council hosted a learning session on how to be an effective accomplice or ally. BUILD’s Chair, Megan Matthews, was a panelist!
Watch the pre-recorded, 24-minute session.
Join the Olympia City Council for a Hosted Panel Discussion on Racial Justice. BUILD's Chair, Megan Matthews will be presenting!
There is a free webinar on "How to be Anti-Ractist" with well-known author, Ibram X. Kendi on July 20, 2020, at 4pm Pacific Standard Time (7pm EST).
More information and registration here
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.
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