Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues and Employment Recruiting New Members

From the Office of the Governor:

Join others working to improve the lives of people with disabilities

Apply by October 15, 2020 to become a member of the Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues & Employment

If you are interested in issues affecting people with disabilities and want to influence State decision makers, apply by October 15, 2020 to become a member of the Washington State Governor’s Committee on Disability Issues & Employment (GCDE).

The GCDE is currently recruiting members to fill seven (7) vacancies on the 27-member committee. New members will be appointed by the Governor to serve an initial three-year term, starting in 2021, with the possibility of being appointed for a second three-year term and you can live anywhere in Washington State.

GCDE committee members commit to participate actively in:

  • Three in-person meetings of the full GCDE per year, usually held in the Olympia-Lacey area. (We are currently meeting online due to Covid-19 and social distancing guidelines.)
  • Regular phone/videoconference meetings, and occasional in-person meetings, of the GCDE subcommittees that manage and implement GCDE programs.
  • Ad-hoc workgroups created to address specific tasks or issues for the benefit of the disability community

For more information about the qualifications for GCDE membership and the responsibilities of GCDE members, please see the GCDE Become a Member page. To apply, please see the Applicant Instructions linked on that page. You also can learn about our current members.

For more information about the GCDE and its programs, please see the Projects page of the GCDE website.

The GCDE is administered by the Washington State Employment Security Department. For more information, or if you have questions, please email Elaine Stefanowicz, Membership Program Coordinator, or call her at 360-890-3774.

Hispanics: Be Proud of Your Past and Embrace the Future

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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 value we see in participating in this group. See the video on YouTube.

A special thank you to a rising star in LLN, Larry Delgado, for being our editor on this project.

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the contributions and importance of Hispanics and Latinos to the United States and those American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America.

Hispanic Heritage Month also marks the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico, Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days during this period.

In the U.S. this observance began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover September 15 to October 15.

Last year, LLN marked the occasion with a fascinating presentation by Antonio Sanchez, PhD, Director of Intergovernmental and International Relations at Central Washington University. Sanchez presented “A Proud Past – Building a New Future, the History of the Accomplishments and Contributions of Hispanics in Washington State.” The presentation included several revelations about the roles Hispanics have played in the history and development of Washington State. See the Facebook Live recording

 

Disability and Inclusion Network Intersectionality Lunch and Learn Sept. 17

Intersectionality is a popular word in today’s news, but what does it mean for people with disabilities who are experiencing other forms of marginalization and identities, such as being Black, immigrant, or transgender?

Join the Disability Inclusion Network for a Lunch and Learn led by Carrie Basas, Director of the Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds, where we discuss what intersectionality is from a disability perspective and how we can act in solidarity to advance racial and disability justice, as well as social change. Let’s create a WA workplace together where we can bring our whole selves.

Register now for this virtual Lunch and Learn

September 17th 2020

12:00-1:00 Pm

If you need accommodations for this event please email DIN@OFM.WA.GOV

RAIN Seeks Outstanding Agency Nominations

Deadline for submissions is close of business Friday, May 22

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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 best practices for state agencies to “create a safe, diverse, and inclusive workplace for LGBTQ+ employees, allies, and customers in Washington State,” wrote Best Practices Co-Chairs Marisa Sanchez-Reed and Jasper Marino.

“We look forward to receiving nominations from all state employees and strongly encourage those who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community to tell us about the great work and many ways their agency encourages a safe, diverse, and inclusive workplace,” the co-chairs wrote.

 Please submit any nominations by the close of business Friday, May 22.

If you have questions please reach out to RAIN’s Marisa (she/her/they/them) or Jasper (they/them/he/him).

About RAIN: The Rainbow Alliance & Inclusion Network (RAIN), Washington State Employees’ LGBTQ+ Business Resource Group (BRG), is an equal opportunity resource group. RAIN welcomes all Washington state employees who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or other diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression groups, and their allies. RAIN encourages all members to bring their authentic selves to the BRG.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Summit is January 21-22

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From the Office of Financial Management:

TACOMA–Mark your calendars and hop on to Eventbrite so you can attend the 2020 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Summit on Jan, 21-22 at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, 1500 Commerce St.

The conference includes presenters from multiple disciplines, including Washington State leadership. Topics discussed at the event will assist attendees in creating action steps for moving towards a more inclusive and equitable culture. The intended audience includes: Washington State executive leadership, business resource group members, human resource partners, DEI practitioners and state employees wanting to begin/advance their learning journey in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Cost is $60 and registration closes Nov. 22. 

Our goal:

The 2020 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Summit aims to advance DEI in public service by building community and competency among all state employees and will cover some of the following:

    • Implicit Bias
    • Micro-aggressions
    • Understanding Privilege
    • Bias Blockers
    • DEI and Data
    • Gender Identity
    • Developing Teams of Inclusion Practitioners
    • Micro-aggression and Mental Health
    • Emerging Through Bias: Creating a More Inclusive Work Environment
    • Facilitated Discussions, and much, much more.

Participants will be inspired, motivated, and will receive support and resources to implement DEI initiatives and practices related to the work they do every day as public servants and global citizens.

“One of the hardest things in any organization is to institutionalize a culture. That’s what we’re engaged in here: Embracing a culture of inclusion and diversity and equity that becomes embedded in our organizational DNA.” –Governor Jay Inslee

Click here to visit our Eventbrite page to get your tickets to the Summit.

 

 

 

 

 

New Black Community State Business Resource Group Kickoff is Oct 24 in Lacey

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By Rachel Friederich, ICSEW Communications Chair 

LACEY—State employees are invited to attend a free kickoff event for the Washington State Black Community Business Resource Group.

The event takes place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lacey Community Center, 6729 Pacific Ave. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. for food and fellowship. All state employees are invited. The event will be catered with food representative of black culture, so event organizers are requesting people to register to get an accurate attendance count.

Statewide business resource groups, BRGs, bring together groups of employees and their allies who have a common interest or characteristic, according to the Office of Financial Management, OFM, which runs the state website listings for BRGS. BRG members bring their unique knowledge and perspectives, making them an asset to state business needs such as recruitment and retention, according to OFM.

The event will give attendees an opportunity to network and learn more about the Black Community BRG’s goals. The event will also feature guest speakers T’wina Nobles and Washington State Rep. Kristine Reeves. Nobles is the president and CEO of the Tacoma Urban League, an organization whose mission is to assist African-Americans and other underserved urban residents in the achievement of social equality and economic independence. Nobles is also the director for the University Place School District. Reeves, (D-Federal Way), is a representative for Washington’s 30th legislative district, which includes the cities of Federal Washy, Des Moines, Auburn, Algona, Pacific, Milton and parts of unincorporated King County.

The Black Community BRG is the newest of the state’s six BRGS. The state’s other BRGS include the Veteran’s Employee Resource Group (VERG), Rainbow Alliance and Inclusion Network (RAIN), which supports LGBTQ+ employees, the Latino Leadership Network, Disability Inclusion Network and the Washington Immigrant Network (WIN).

The Black Community BRG goals include:

  • Promote state government as an employer of choice supporting efforts that increase representation of individuals of the Black Community at all levels of employment.
  • Better the lives of state employees through advocacy, outreach, opportunity, and advisement to the Governor and agencies on policies that affect state-employed black people, and ultimately, communities in which they live and serve.
  • Contribute to a more diverse understanding of the unique, multi-faceted aspects of the Black Community in Washington State.
  • Integrate the history, cultural experiences, values, and knowledge of both black people and their allies into the workforce of Washington State government.
  • Provide advice and assistance to state agencies regarding strategies to hire, retain, and develop black people in Washington State government.
  • Apply diverse perspectives and experiences to the examination of the issues facing Washington State. Diverse perspectives enhance the fullness of our understanding of these issues and open opportunities for the consideration of new ideas and better solutions.

Questions? Contact Megan Matthews, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Curriculum & Policy Consultant, Department of Social & Health Services (360) 725-4780 or matthmr@dshs.wa.gov.