BUILD Lunch and Learn: How HR Can Help Create a More Inclusive Workplace for People of Color

Background: Research shows that diverse and inclusive workplaces have higher levels of performance and engagement but that workplaces that only focus on diversity without inclusion create workplaces where diverse staff are either highly unengaged or outright leave. SHRM describes the inclusion piece of D&I as “making sure those different voices are heard and valued and…

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…

Recognizing Native American Heritage Month in November

By Taja Blackhorn, Department of Labor and Industries and Member of the Kahodasi People Pictured Above: Members from four Alaskan Tribes, Photo from US Bureau of Indian Affairs November is Native American Heritage Month Beginning in 1990, November was designated Native American Heritage Month, a time to pay tribute of the rich history and culture…

Hispanics: Be Proud of Your Past and Embrace the Future

Hispanic Heritage Month is Sept. 15-Oct. 15 From the Latino Leadership Network: In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, your Latino Leadership Network Executive Board has put together a new video to welcome all Washington State workers and allies into the familia that is LLN. We took this opportunity to speak from our hearts about the…

RAIN Seeks Outstanding Agency Nominations

Deadline for submissions is close of business Friday, May 22 Does your state agency do outstanding inclusion and diversity work? The Rainbow Alliance and Inclusion Network, (RAIN) business group is seeking nominations for its RAIN Outstanding Agency Award. Formed in 2016 under Gov. Jay Inslee’s Directive 16-11, this state LGBTQ+ business resource group helps establish…

April is Diversity Month: A Message from Your State Business Resource Groups

“There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” -Audre Lorde  Washington State’s six Business Resource Groups (BRGs) are excited to present the following message in celebration of Diversity Month. During Diversity Month, the business resource groups wish to generate awareness about the intersectionality of characteristics that make…

Commentary: Black Community Business Resource Group on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Editor’s Note: Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The Washington State Black Community Business Resource Group has submitted an article about Dr. King’s Legacy and the work the group is doing to apply diverse perspectives and experiences to the examination of the issues facing the state of Washington. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day…

First Native American Woman Appointed to Washington State Supreme Court

OLYMPIA–Gov. Jay Inslee helped usher in a historic day for the Washington State Supreme Court when he appointed Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis as the first Native American justice Dec. 4 in Olympia. Montoya-Lewis has more than 20 years of judicial experience, including five on the Whatcom County Superior Court. She spent years working with tribal communities…

State's First Latinx Museum Opens

Information from Gov. Jay Inslee’s Press updates, E-news edition 54, Oct. 25, 2019: Gov. Jay Inslee honored the contributions of the Latinx community Thursday in Seattle when he spoke at the grand opening of the only Latinx history museum in the state. The first-of-its-kind Sea Mar Museum of Chicano/a/Latino/a Culture chronicles the history and voice of…