First workshop for US–The Untold Story Project is March 29

US-The Untold Story was launched last month as the most recent installment of the Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) Literary Project, which uses the empathic power of story to initiate discussions of race and racism. The project aligns with the county’s goal to “confront the historical and racial inequities that continue to exist in our community and our organization.” Such inequities lead to “adverse outcomes and conditions for communities of color compared to white communities.”

For this reason, The Untold Story project invites members of communities of color within the community of county employees to submit their stories of how racism has affected them and their sense of self, belonging, or worth. Examples can be found on the project website. Submitters should note that this project is not a forum for discrimination or sexual harassment complaints, which must be addressed by Human Resources. To learn more about resources available to address such complaints, please contact your Human Resources Manager or the Civil Rights Program in the Office of Equity and Social Justice.

To inspire and guide potential story submitters in crafting a narrative within the 750-word limit, the project is presenting three workshops led by local writers. The first workshop is March 29 with poet and playwright Daemond Arrindell.

Daemond Arrindell has performed and facilitated workshops in poetry venues, prisons, high schools, and colleges across the country, including through Freehold Theatre’s Engaged Theatre program. He has received multiple commissions from both the Seattle and Bellevue art museums. He’s been recognized as one of 13 Influential People in Seattle’s art scene.

The second workshop is scheduled for April 17 with journalist Florangela Davila, and the third is scheduled for May 1 with poet and essayist Jourdan Imani Keith. Registration is online.

Daemond Arrindell has performed and facilitated workshops in poetry venues, prisons, high schools, and colleges across the country, including through Freehold Theatre’s Engaged Theatre program. He has received multiple commissions from both the Seattle and Bellevue art museums. He’s been recognized as one of 13 Influential People in Seattle’s art scene.

The second workshop is scheduled for April 17 with journalist Florangela Davila, and the third is scheduled for May 1 with poet and essayist Jourdan Imani Keith. Registration is online.

Because stories are meant to be shared, the stories offered up from within our internal communities of color will be made available for all employees to read this summer. In the fall, several events open to all employees will feature local performance artists presenting some of the stories, followed by a facilitated discussion on racism. The Untold Story project is based on the premise that story is what connects us and helps us understand each other.

For more information, contact Julia Yen or Donna Miscolta.