KCTV celebrates Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander month

There’s a saying in Vietnamese, “Uống nước nhớ nguồn” that translates to “when you drink from a river, remember its origins.” Throughout the month of May, KCTV will feature local AANHPI leaders each week to see how their past is connected to the present. Week two features Shawn Wong, a Chinese-American University of Washington professor and author. When Wong was coming up as a young writer in the 1970s, he wanted to know: Where are all the Asian American authors? Fifty years later, through publishing, writing and teaching, Shawn has worked to make Asian… Read More

Seattle Pride Parade is back and King County is marching

Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 26 at 11 a.m. to join your colleagues representing King County in the 2022 Seattle Pride parade. Participants will be required to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test in order to participate. T-shirts will be available for sale, so stand by for more information. There will be 150 adult size t-shirts available at no cost on a first-come, first-serve basis the morning of the parade. Further details about when and where we will meet for the Parade will be sent out once it is available. To stay up to date on all things related… Read More

KCTV celebrates Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander month

There’s a saying in Vietnamese, “Uống nước nhớ nguồn” that translates to “when you drink from a river, remember its origins.” Throughout the month of May, KCTV will feature local AANHPI leaders each week to see how their past is connected to the present. This week features Rachel Yang, a Korean-American chef and James Beard nominee that co-owns the Relay Restaurant Group, which includes the popular Joule and Revel restaurants. You can see the YouTube video here and Facebook video here. Watch for upcoming features including artist Erin Shigaki, writer and UW Professor Shawn Wong, and… Read More

Equity in vaccination is a community effort

Cross-posted from Public Health Insider As of this month, over 85% of all eligible King County residents have completed their vaccination series. If you look at just residents ages 16 and older, over 80% have received the two-dose series across racial groups and geographies in King County. The high levels of vaccination are even more striking in light of existing and continuing inequities that have created obstacles to vaccination for people. Read more here about how this effort came to succeed.

King County celebrates Women in Technology Day, March 26

In recognition of Women’s History Month, King County Executive Dow Constantine has issued a proclamation celebrating Women In Technology Day on March 26, 2022. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only about 25% of jobs in the tech industry are held by women – this is the lowest percentage of women in technology since before 1980. Hispanic and African American women are the most under-represented groups, making up only 4% of the computing workforce, and almost no senior leadership roles.

April 4 concert for people of Ukraine and all refugees

King County Executive Dow Constantine, Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell, and more than 30 mayors from across King County are sponsoring a fundraising “Mayors’ Concert for Ukraine and Refugees Worldwide” with the Seattle Symphony and local Ukrainian performers. The “Mayors’ Concert for Ukraine and Refugees Worldwide” will be at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall on Monday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. The fundraising concert is free to the public but requires registration for tickets here. The concert will be live streamed via local NBC affiliate KING-TV’s digital platforms, and broadcast live on KONG-TV (channel 16 serving the Seattle and Tacoma area), the Seattle Channel, and Seattle Symphony… Read More

Last days to have your say in the 2022 Employee Survey

There are only four days left to join the more than 6,700 employees who have had their say in the 2022 Employee Engagement Survey and help make King County work better for you. The survey — which can be taken on your work computer or a mobile device — runs through Friday, March 25, so please take 15 minutes to have your say. The survey can be done during work time. Your responses are 100% anonymous and cannot be traced back to you. The survey is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Amharic and Somali…. Read More

Latinx Affinity Group survey

The King County Latinx Affinity Group Leadership Team developed a short survey to better understand the needs of King County Latinx employees. Survey results will help define Latinx Affinity Group priorities and activities. King County employees who identify as Latinx, or of Latin American origin or descent, are encouraged to complete the survey by 5 p.m. on March 28. Responses are anonymous and the survey should only take 5-10 minutes to complete. Click here to begin the survey. If you have questions about the survey, please contact Melissa Aguilar at MariaS@kingcounty.gov.

Disability awareness resources, recorded trainings from 2021, and planning ahead for 2022

National Disability Employment Awareness Month is celebrated every October by King County to honor the many contributions made by people with disabilities, and how these individuals strengthen our workforce, our communities, and our country. This past year, the Disability Awareness Committee organized a wide series of articles and events to highlight these contributions, including: Universal Design for Meetings, Events and Trainings: This event was hosted by the King County Department of Human Resources and featured Blayne Amson, City of Bellevue Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VI Program Administrator. Amson discussed his… Read More

Vets 4 HIRE fellowship program creates savings and opportunities

The Vets 4 HIRE Program provides hiring managers a supplement to their budget by placing a military veteran in a temporary fellowship assignment using funds from the Veterans, Seniors & Human Services Levy. It also gives veterans an opportunity to provide their skills and unique experience while filling a need within King County. As this video illustrates, it often leads to a full-time hire of a well-qualified individual who knows the meaning of duty and commitment. For more information, managers can reach out to their human resources representative or contact Vets 4 HIRE Program Manager Susan Navetski.