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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.


The City of Edmonds Diversity Commission is seeking three new members for a three-year term beginning in January 2021. 

PDF available for more information

Application is available online here


Edmonds Diversity Commission Offers Small Grants for 2021

Community Projects that Promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Sought for Funding

PDF available for more information and application


“Coping with Collective Trauma: A Resiliency Toolkit” Scheduled for September 30th

Edmonds Diversity Commission presents virtual workshop

(Edmonds, WA) –   The City of Edmonds Diversity Commission is proud to sponsor “Coping with Collective Trauma: A Resiliency Toolkit,” facilitated by Reita Johnston. This is a free virtual workshop that will take place on Zoom, Wednesday, September 30th at 6 pm. Attendance is FREE. Closed Captioning will be available. A recorded video of the workshop will be accessible after the event on the Diversity Commission website.

  Learn ways to cope, manage, and build resiliency through the collective unfolding of 2020 and our personal history.

  • Learn how to identify the ways in which the events of 2020, and our individual and collective histories have affected your personal wellness and mental health
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how COVID and social unrest have affected you and adjust the lens you use to take care of yourself.
  • Learn tools to help you manage day-to-day stress and collective trauma

  “The Edmonds Diversity Commission hopes this event will bring us together as a community during this time of challenge and uncertainty. We are aware that many people are living under greater levels of stress and that, as racial and social unrest continues to grow, there is an added burden on our community – especially our marginalized communities,” stated Anabel Hovig, Vice-Chair of the Edmonds Diversity Commission. “We hope you will join us for this one hour of self-care. If we take care of ourselves, then we are able to continue to build a stronger community together.”

  Reita Johnston is a trauma-informed life coach, wellness practitioner, and educator who teaches cycle breakers how to heal the things keeping them from their full potential. She specializes in restorative practices, emotional wellness, personal care and development, response to trauma, and building resiliency. She believes that you step into your power when you no longer let your past control your future and her mission is to create brave spaces for people to heal, build their confidence, and create a more fulfilling life.

Workshop Details:

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Time: 6:00-7:00 p.m.

No registration required, but attendance is limited to first 300

A recorded version will be available here after the event

Zoom Link:


Meeting ID: 933 7310 9197
Passcode: 471982
One tap mobile: +12532158782

Downloadable Resources: Coming soon




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Diversity Commission Grant Program. Stay tuned for more information on the next round of grant applications.  


SHARE YOUR STORY - The Edmonds Diversity Commission is actively connecting with our community through our "I am Edmonds" Facebook page to share stories, films, articles and more that celebrate our diversity in Edmonds and globally. Join us and share your story here: I am Edmonds


Diversity Film Series - FREE film screenings  Stay tuned for more information on our 2020-2021 Series.


From the Calendar of Observances:

September is National Hispanic Heritage Month.


Join us on our facebook page "I am Edmonds" to share your stories and inspiration with us. 


Upcoming Regional Events Intended to Embrace Diversity and Encourage Inclusiveness are listed below. For arts & cultural events located in Edmonds please go to our events calendar  


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. 

Racial Equity Resources

This is a brief list of educational & community resources.

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 2020. 

Diversity Commission Info

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

Next virtual meeting is Wednesday, October 7, 2020

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


Tina (Arwen) Marohn, Diversity Commission Coordinator
Community Services

Patrick Doherty, Director
Economic Development & Community Services

Donnie Griffin
Patricia Valle, Chair 
Melinda Woods 
Dean Olson
Sarah Mixson
Anabel Hovig, Vice-Chair
Brian Potter
Nikki Okimoto Glaros
Sekou Koné

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