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File #: 21-0200    Version: 1
Type: report Status: Filed
File created: 2/16/2021 In control: General Government Committee
Agenda date: 2/24/2021 Final action: 2/24/2021
Title: Update on the Process to Form a Social Justice and Equity Commission
Title
Update on the Process to Form a Social Justice and Equity Commission

Recommended Action
Committee Recommendation:
No recommendation. Information only.

City Manager Recommendation:
No recommendation. Information only.

Report
Issue:
Whether to receive a briefing on the process to form a Social Justice and Equity Commission.

Staff Contact:
Olivia Salazar de Breaux, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator, Human Resources, 360.753.8343

Presenter(s):
Olivia Salazar de Breaux, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator, Human Resources

Background and Analysis:
In June 2020, City Council forwarded to the General Government Committee a referral to develop a Human Rights Commission. Input from the community and direction from Council was that the development of a new Commission be led by marginalized community members, with an emphasis on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

On November 2, 2020, Council approved an approach to establishing a Social Justice & Equity Commission (Commission) that is led by the City's Equity & Inclusion Coordinator and a Founding Members Work Group made up of five marginalized community members, with an emphasis on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. This group will host a series of Community Conversations to elevate the voices of marginalized community members, and use the input gathered to recommend to Council the new Commission's:
* make-up and terms;
* formal name;
* scope of work; and
* first year work plan

The purpose of this agenda item is to provide a briefing on the process to form the new Commission. Staff will introduce the consultant team chosen to support the Founding Members Work Group and share an update about the planned approach and timeline.

Neighborhood/Community Interests (if known):
There is significant interest to address systemic racism and inequality. Input that staff and City Councilmembers are receiving from citizens strongly supports a process that is highly inclusive, pays specific attention to the...

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