Vaccine Care-a-van Coming to Underserved Communities

The Washington State Department of Health is launching a new Care-a-van service to bring vaccines to underserved communities. From the Washington State Department of Health website:  The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is launching a new mobile COVID-19 vaccination effort across Washington state. We will work closely with community partners and local health jurisdictions…

The Meaning Behind Juneteenth

  By Rachel Friederich, ICSEW Communications Chair This Saturday is Juneteenth, also known as ‘Emancipation Day,” and “Freedom Day. It commemorates June 19, 1865 when Union soldiers at Galveston, Texas—the westernmost state in the former Confederacy—brought the news that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved people were now free. The news didn’t arrive…

Celebrating Pride Month

2021 Pride Month Message By Rachel Friederich, ICSEW Communications Chair Pride month commemorates the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion 51 years ago, which most historians consider the start of the modern LGBTQ+ movement. At the time, police raids on bars catering to LGBTQ+ people were common, on June 28, 1969, patrons fought back. The event…

ICSEW Recruiting a New Executive Secretary

ICSEW is Recruiting an Executive Secretary! If you have a passion for organization, paying attention to details, are a stickler for accuracy and love collaborating on team projects, we want you to join our board! As executive secretary, you’ll play a key role in the ICSEW’s recordkeeping activities. You will also have a chance to…

Supporting the AAPI Community

Supporting Asian American and Pacific Islanders   As the month of May comes to a close, we want to make sure to acknowledge May is Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a celebration of the cultural and historic contributions to society by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, (AAPI) in the United States.   While the purpose…

Dept. of Enterprise Services Launches DEI Speaker Series

  First DEI Event  is May 27 The Department of Enterprise Services (DES) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council, in partnership with Humanities Washington, has developed a new DEI Speaker Series. These events are free and open to all state employees and the general public, but pre-registration is required. The session topics are intended to…

Opportunities Abound to Join State Boards and Commissions

Washington State Legislative Building

From the Office of the Governor: Washington is home to vibrant communities and diverse residents who all have unique talents, skills and experiences.  Governor Inslee places a high priority on boards, commissions, and agencies that are reflective of the diverse make-up of Washington and that utilize the impressive talent of our residents. We are always…

Women’s Health Week Proclamation

Women's Health Week proclamation 2021

Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed the week of May 9-15 as Women’s Health Week in the state of Washington. Thank you to the Washington State Women’s Commission, Health Care Authority and State Department of Health for teaming up with us to request this very important proclamation. Read the Proclamation text:   The State of Washington…

Women’s History Month: Representation in Corrections

For #WomensHistoryMonth, the Washington State Department of Corrections interviewed two female corrections employees about the challenges women can face in the corrections field and advantages women bring to corrections.

Governor’s Proclamation for International Women’s Day 2021

Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed today International Women’s Day. Read the text: WHEREAS, International Women’s Day celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future. The theme for 2021 is “Women in leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World”; and WHEREAS, Washington state’s women stand…