Please join us for a discussion about the Seattle Office for Civil Rights and your community.
FREE. Participants will receive a $25 gift card. Food Will Be Provided.
The Seattle Office for Civil Rights is a government agency that works to advance civil rights and end barriers to equity. It enforces laws against illegal discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and contracting that occurs within Seattle’s city limits. It also leads the Race and Social Justice Initiative, a citywide effort to end racism in City government and to achieve racial equity across our community.
In late 2017, Seattle City Council unanimously passed legislation that required the Seattle Office for Civil Rights to conduct a racial equity toolkit (RET) analysis to explore how changes to the office’s permanent structure, leadership appointment or designation, and duties and responsibilities could help the office accomplish its work.
We are reaching out to you and your community as a chance to work together in rebuilding our office so that it is accountable to you and your community. We are here to learn what role you wish we could play in your community, how we can build an accountable relationship with your community, and what your community’s biggest barriers are where we can provide support. This information will be included in a larger report to City Council to determine what changes need to occur to the Office for Civil Rights. City Council will consider the recommendations from this report and make any necessary changes to the department.