Leadership Series+ A Training accepting applications, deadlines to apply Jan. 24 and Feb. 12 

The Office of Equity and Social Justice in partnership with Our BODHI Project presents the Leadership Series+ A Training on Belonging, Racial Equity, Co-liberation, and Health. This series is for King County employees leading efforts towards greater racial equity and social justice, and is rooted in Our BODHI Project’s Embodying Belonging and Co-liberation Frame. Participants will engage with expanding their racial equity and social justice analysis, deepening their purpose, and centering collective well being.  Employees must be able to attend both dates in ONE of the cohorts. Both cohorts also require attendance at… Read More

MLK Jr.: ‘The time is always ripe to do right’

Crossposted from Metro Matters  Martin Luther King, Jr. visited Seattle once, from Nov. 8 to Nov. 11, 1961. King was 32 at the time and had yet to deliver his iconic address during the March on Washington or write his powerful Letter from Birmingham Jail. Accounts from his time in King County, King’s “The American Dream” speech at Garfield High School includes lines that he would use two years later in his “I Have a Dream” speech.  King also delivered some of his most powerful calls to action to Seattle audiences. The Seattle Times reported… Read More

Watch the 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration 

King County employees turned out in force to honor our nation’s foremost human rights leader and our County’s namesake, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., at the 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.  The event was held Thursday, Jan. 16, from noon to 1 p.m. at Town Hall Seattle. The keynote speaker was john a. powell, Director of the Othering and Belonging Institute at the University of California at Berkeley. Former King County Councilmember Larry Gossett was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award.  You can watch a video of the entire celebration by… Read More

Celebration follow-up, Jan. 21 

As we will spark reflection and ideas at the MLK Celebration, employees are encouraged to continue the dialogue to deepen our equity, inclusion and belonging discussions and actions in work teams, departments, and communities. One opportunity to participate in facilitated follow-up conversations will be held at the King Street Center 8th floor conference center on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 11:30 a.m. –  1:30 p.m.. All King County employees are welcome. For more information, contact KKibet@kingcounty.gov. 

On the Move: An MLK Day ESJ Festival, Jan. 30

Departments all over King County government are working hard to move our county forward, and closer to our Equity and Social Justice goals. Join us at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Festival to learn how we’re moving forward, and share what you are doing to make King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. When: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Where: Chinook Building, 121/123 For more information, contact Brooke McConnaughey at BMcConnaughey@kingcounty.gov.

Navigating a loved one’s military deployment

When a member of the military is deployed, it is challenging not only for the service member, but also for family members, especially during the holidays. Providing support to individuals and their family members currently serving is a meaningful way to impact and uplift each employee and their wellbeing. “My wife, Stephanie, is a Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve and has been serving for 17 years. Her unit has been deployed since March of 2019 so it will be nearly a year before I see her again,” said Ariana Bostian-Kentes, Learning… Read More

Director John Diaz honors DAJD employees who are on active duty 

DAJD Director John Diaz was inspired to speak out to acknowledge not only DAJD’s five employees who will be deployed over the holidays, but all County employees who currently serve in the National Guard or Reserve, and their families who support them. 

Leadership Series+ A Training opportunity now accepting applications 

The Office of Equity and Social Justice in partnership with Our BODHI Project presents the Leadership Series+ A Training on Belonging, Racial Equity, Co-liberation, & Health. This series is for King County employees leading efforts towards greater racial equity and social justice and is rooted in Our BODHI Project’s Embodying Belonging and Co-liberation Frame. Participants will engage with expanding their racial equity and social justice analysis, deepening their purpose, and centering collective well being.  Employees must be able to attend both dates in one of the cohorts. Both cohorts also require attendance at the three follow up sessions.  Cohort… Read More

Making diversion programs more culturally responsive 

Crossposted from Zero Youth Detention  Community Accountability Boards (“CABs”) have served as a diversion program – or alternative to the formal court process – for first-time juvenile misdemeanor cases in King County since 1959. CABs are made up of trained community volunteers who hear juvenile cases and devise a tailored plan of accountability for each young person.  Read more from Zero Youth Detention

Martin Luther King, Jr. calendars arriving at worksites 

The 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. calendars will start arriving at King County distribution points this week through the end of the year.  Please contact your team’s administrative professionals for information on how you can get one at your worksite. Any additional questions can be asked of Tynishia Walker at 206-263-0534 or TWalker@kingcounty.gov.