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Welcome to the City of Edmonds Diversity Commission whose purpose is to promote an environment that accepts, celebrates, and appreciates diversity within the community.   The nine-member volunteer advisory Commission is intended to:

 

  • Serve as a resource for City government and the community by providing   information, education, and communication that facilitates a better understanding and celebrates our differences.

  • Provide recommendations to the Mayor and City Council that would identify opportunities to address diversity issues, promote diversity programs, and/or provide guidance to create a more accessible, safe, welcoming and inclusive government and community.

  • Assist the City of Edmonds in supporting and challenging all areas of government and the community to eliminate and prevent all forms of discrimination.

 
Commissioners are appointed for three-year terms.


Diversity Commission Open Positions. The City of Edmonds is currently accepting applications for two positions on the Diversity Commission. For more information click here. For an application please click here

"I am Edmonds. This is my Story" story-telling project. Extended!! Running through September 20th this community story-telling project is an opportunity for all Edmonds residents, visitors, workers or others associated with Edmonds to share their personal story - joys, challenges, unique experiences, etc., - all are welcome. Submissions can be anonymous with first name and surname initial.  To submit, visit "I am Edmonds" Facebook page and post story or send via Messenger. 

Diversity Commission Grant Program. For more information on the grant program click here.  

Diversity Film Series - FREE film screenings October through April (except December) on Third Saturdays at Noon at the Edmonds Theater. Click here for 2019-2020 schedule.

From the Calendar of Observances: October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, National Bullying Prevention Month, and LGBT History Month.

Upcoming Regional Events Intended to Embrace Diversity and Encourage Inclusiveness:

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October 11. The Peanut Butter Falcon begins showing at the Edmonds Theater, 415 Main St., Edmonds. This movie is about Zak, a young man with Down Syndrome, who runs away from his care home to make his dream of becoming a wrestler come true. For more information click here

October 12. Edmonds Center for the Arts presents Kelly Hall-Tompkins, "The Fiddler Expanding Tradition" For more information and tickets click here

October 12. Policy Cafe, Edmonds Community College Snohomish Hall 337 & 338, 20000 68th Ave W., Lynnwood. 10 -11 a.m. Explore policy through the lens of diversity and equity. For more information click here

October 13. Where to Learn About and Celebrate Local Indigenous Cultures With Kids. Seattle Children's Museum celebrates the opening of "Tribal Tales" and new exhibit that showcases local indigenous cultures. Hibulb Cultural Center, 6410 23rd Ave NE, Tulalip, WA.For more information click here.  

October 19. Let It Not Happen Again: Lessons of the Japanese American Exclusion, Mountlake Terrace Library, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. for more information click here

October 22. Vision House holds "No Homeless Kids Benefit Breakfast" at Lynnwood Convention Center, 3711 196th St. SW., Lynnwood, 7 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. For more information and to register please click here

October 26. Edmonds Center for the Arts presents Jeremy Dutcher. A classically-trained Canadian Indigenous tenor, composer, musicologist, performer and activist sponsored in part through a Diversity Commission grant. For more information and tickets click here

OPPORTUNITIES: Leadership Snohomish County is excited to announce the new Leadership for Racial Equity Cohort!, a five-month certification program that was co-deigned by Racial Equity expert Bernardo Ruiz. For more information click here

Social Justice Book Group meets at the Edmonds Library, 650 Main St., Edmonds on most 4th Thursday of the month. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Conference Room. 

Sno-Isle Regional Library, click here for information on events held throughout the Snohomish and Island County libraries. 

Community and Regional Resources

Resources  to the Greater Puget Sound community and regional organizations that provide information and contacts on cultural and ethnic diversity, physical and developmental disabilities, civil and human rights information, LGBTQ, age related questions, and directory for public institutions. 

Calendar of Observances
The Diversity Commission promotes awareness of, and respect for, the full array of holidays, observances and festivals that are of cultural, ethnic and/or religious importance to residents in and around Edmonds. Click on this link to view a full Calendar of Observances for 2019. 

Diversity Commission Info

Meeting schedule:
Regular Commission meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. 

Location:
Brackett Conference Room
Third Floor
Edmonds City Hall
121 5th Avenue North
Edmonds, WA  98020 

Staff:
Giovanne Schachere
Diversity Commission Coordinator
Community Services 
425-771-0214
giovanne.schachere@edmondswa.gov

Patrick Doherty, Director
Economic Development & Community Services
425-771-0251
patrick.doherty@edmondswa.gov

Commissioners: 
Ed Dorame
Donnie Griffin
Maria Montalvo 
Patricia Valle, Chair 
Melinda Woods 
Dean Olson
Sarah Mixson
Anabel Hovig, Vice-Chair
Brian Potter
Tomás Brodniak, Student Representative

Ex Officio Commissioner: 
Adrienne Fraley-Monillas, City Council President