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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.

"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. Check back soon for information on 2020 grants.  

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.

Upcoming Regional Events Intended to Embrace Diversity and Encourage Inclusiveness:

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 September 13-22, 2019, Eastside Refugee Immigrant Coalition. Welcoming week, free event at Edith Moulton Park, Kirkland, WA. Our East King County celebration typically features 25+ events where people from diverse backgrounds come together to connect and celebrate. We join Welcoming America in building a nation of neighbors. For more information click here

 September 23, 2019, Engaging Institutional Funders in Your Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Efforts (DEIA), Bank of America, 800 Fifth Ave, 38th Fir., Orcas Room, Seattle. 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. For more information and tickets click here

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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.

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
Tomas Brodniak, Student Representative

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