Diversity Commission

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.

 

NEW: The Diversity Commission's small grants program is now accepting applications! Our small grants program is aimed at harnessing the power and enthusiasm of the local community by providing funding to help make possible community programs, events and/or activities that engage, educate or involve the Edmonds community in ways that promote diversity, equity and inclusion.

Individuals, local not-for-profit groups, agencies, or organizations are encouraged to apply for small grants of up to $500. 

Eligible projects include but are not limited to: storytelling; reading events; poetry slams; speakers; film presentations; visual art exhibits/installations; performances; discussion groups etc. Funds may be used for production or promotion of activities/events. Projects may be virtual or in person depending on current pandemic restrictions.

Grant applications may be submitted until 4:30pm, Friday, July 15, 2022 to Megan Luttrell by email to [email protected]. Questions regarding the program guidelines and application process may also be sent to that email address. The grant application form and eligibility criteria are available here: Small Grants Application

See our diversity calendar for a list of events, meetings, holidays and gatherings and follow us on Facebook.

 Visit our Diversity Film Series Page for more info:

2021-2022 Film Series

 

Downloadable Resources:

Resiliency Toolkit PDF

Simple Ways to Say "No"

Simple Ways to Set Boundaries

 

FREE SERVICES AVAILABLE:

US Letter Flyer

   

We always love to hear from you. Reach out to our coordinator at [email protected] with ideas, questions and feedback.

 

Small Grants application window now open! Edmonds Diversity Commission Grants Program application.

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Diversity Commission Info

Meeting schedule:

Regular Commission meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month from 6:00 to 8:00 pm virtually via Zoom.

Next virtual meeting is Wednesday, July 6, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Zoom Meeting Link

Location (when physical meetings are held):

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

Staff:

Molly Jay

[email protected]

Commission Coordinator
Community Services 

Commissioners:
Dean Olson, Chair
Nikki Okimoto Glaros, Vice-Chair
Elaine Helm
Sekou Koné
Alberto Orejel Malfavon
Alison Alfonzo Pence
Gracelynn Shibayama
Ardeth Weed
Robert White
Caitlin Chung, Student Rep.

Ex Officio Commissioner:

Will Chen, City Councilmember


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.

City of Edmonds Diversity Commission - Racial Equity Toolkit

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.