The second of three Equity and Social Justice Fairs, held Monday, May 16 was a loud, crowded success. With more than 15 groups represented, attendees milled about, chatting and participating in various activities. Spin wheels, pop quizzes and jeopardy-like games attracted people to displays for the Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention, Department of Public Defense, and Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget among others.
Each display did a wonderful job of engaging passersby in discussions, asking questions and handing out informative one-page updates around ESJ efforts. Using all kinds of colorful giveaway items, like lanyards, water bottles, stickers and the ever present candy, displays got people talking about current efforts and future plans. From highlights on the KC Information Technology ESJ committee to an explanation of the Solid Waste Division’s free environmental educational field trip program, many of King County’s finest showcased their ESJ progress.
The fairs have been a great way to engage employees in these discussions. Building on the enthusiasm of last year’s single fair, there were three scheduled for this May, with the final fair to be held May 24, from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Rotunda at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent.
Please continue to join King County departments and programs in developing these creative and meaningful practices towards achieving equity and social justice. It is with the support of committed employees and the community at large that the County can continue to make great strides in furthering these efforts to impact personal, community and economic values.