National Hispanic Heritage Month Message from WIN

By Julie Campos, Washington Immigtant Network (WIN) Secretary Every year from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, Americans celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month by acknowledging the community’s history, heritage, and contributions of the ancestors of American citizens who came from Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean, and South- and Central America. The day of September 15 is significant…

Working Families Tax Credit: What You Need to Know

  By Keri O’ Connell, Department of Revenue Beginning Jan. 1, 2023, Washington citizens may qualify for a sales tax refund, similar to the federal Earned Income Tax Credit. This new refund program – referred to as the Working Families Tax Credit, is administered by the state Department of Revenue. It provides a credit for…

Women Who Make Difference: Daughter of Iraqi Refugees Hanan Al-Zubaidy Helps Incarcerated Individuals Chart Reentry Paths

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on the Washington State Department of Corrections’ website Story and Photos By Rachel Friederich, Washington State Department of Corrections YACOLT – Hanan Al-Zubaidy (pronounced HAH-non Al-SOO- Bay- Dee) never met her maternal grandfather, but says his actions influenced her to make education a central part of her career. Al-Zubaidy’s…

2021 Legislative Session Roundup

By Deirdre Bissonnette and Leslie Wolff, Legislative & Policy Subcommittee Chairs The 2021 Legislative Session in Washington State came to a close on Apr. 25, 2021. Between the House and the Senate, 1,075 bills were introduced. Of those, 334 were passed into law. The ICSEW encourages all of its members to participate in the civic…

Registration Now Open for Sept. 2021 Meeting

Please join us online Tuesday, September 21, 2021 from 8:45 am to 12:00 pm for ICSEW’s membership meeting. Register here: https://icsew.wa.gov/meetings/meeting-information/   PRESENTATION: First, Joan Robison will discuss strategies from her book, Flip the Switch. She will coach us to quickly get un-stuck and claim an empowering mindset. “Flipping the switch” is a term used to go…

EAP Guide for State Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

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On August 9, 2021, Governor Inslee issued Proclamation 21-14, COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement. In response, the Washington State Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides the below resources to you as you navigate the impact of the proclamation.   Download the Guide Here.

RAIN, LLN Seek Participants for Intersectionality Panel Oct 7

The Rainbow Alliance and Inclusion Network, RAIN, along with the Latino Leadership Network, LLN are searching for participants for an intersectionality panel scheduled for Oct. 7, 2021. The purpsoe of the lunch learn panel is for individuals to discuss the intersection of race and gender. If you have lived experience as part of the Latino/a/x/e…

ICSEW 2021 Professional Development Conference Coming Nov. 2

The Interagency Committee of State Employed Women is pleased to announce its 2021 Professional Development Conference. The conference Empowered Women Empower Women, will take place virtually Nov. 2. The half-day conference will put special emphasis on topics related to equity, diversity and belonging and more. Registration details and conference lineup will be posted on our…

Eleven ICSEW Members Receive Awards

OLYMPIA—The Interagency Committee of State Employed Women, ICSEW, is pleased to announce this year’s annual award recipients. Eleven ICSEW members were recognized during its annual celebration meeting July 20, 2021. The event was held via Zoom and streamed on Facebook Live. The following is a list of ICSEW members who received awards, along with excerpts…

Volunteer Tour Guides and Greeters Needed at State Capitol

Submitted by Washington State Department of Enterprise Services The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services is seeking weekend and on-call volunteer tour guides and greeters for state capitol tours in Olympia. Volunteers must be 18+ years old and willing to commit at least four hours a month. Training is provided. Recruitment is underway for the…