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2020 MLK Event
A BIG THANK YOU from the Diversity Commission
to Thomas Jefferson HS BSU, Zari Warden, Jamarkus Springfield, Happy Dance Studio,
Washington Diamonds Drill Team, Milo Cavic, Mayor Ferrell, Dr. Campbell for your support and participation!

Flavor of Federal Way

 

Responsibilities
The Diversity Commission advises the City Council on policy matters involving the community’s cultural and ethnic differences, ensuring that these differences are considered in the decision-making process. Read the Commission’s 2020-2021 Work Plan. It is our aim to help Federal Way in becoming a community which is united amidst diversity, where each individual is respected, equally valued, equally needed and equally cherished. Equality is not sameness, it is equivalent value.


Statement from the Diversity Commisison regarding the death of Mr. George Floyd
6/3/2020

The City of Federal Way’s Diversity Commission exists because of the rich diversity of our city. We see it as our duty to make a statement because our black community is struggling to simply exist, and to co-exist in a nation engulfed with racial discrimination and heightened turmoil. We stand with Federal Way Mayor and City Council in condemning the actions of the Minneapolis Police Officers in the death of Mr. George Floyd and call for a complete investigation and prosecution. We also want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the unjust recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and others not mentioned.

We thank the organizers and the many members of the Federal Way community at the protest yesterday, and those who are advocating and combating against oppressive systems. We see you, uplift your efforts, and stand with you.

We thank the police officers protecting all, especially the most vulnerable. We also want to acknowledge that a larger enforcement presence can induce fear, provoke anxiety, and reintroduce trauma elicited by instances of police brutality across the nation. We encourage that police officers continue to grow in their knowledge of equity, criminal justice, and intrinsic biases as they continue to protect our community.

Despite gathering restrictions, the Diversity Commission will meet remotely to bring our passions for diversity, justice, and equity together to confront racism and discrimination. Although we are physically separate, we stand united for our community.

The Diversity Commission’s aim is to bring our community together amidst diversity, where each individual is respected, equally valued, equally needed, and equally cherished. To do so, we collectively affirm that black lives matter. To help us in our mission, we challenge our leaders and citizens of Federal Way to lean into the discomfort and injustices happening in our nation; discover forms of allyship or solidarity for the disenfranchised; continue to educate yourselves and people around you of structural privileges; listen to those hurting and struggling to exist; and confront racism when you witness it.


OUR MISSION:

To advise City government to ensure Federal Way is a community that is united amidst diversity, where everyone is equally respected, valued, needed, and cherished.  Equality is not sameness; it is equivalent value.

BRAND PROMISE:

The Diversity Commission is dedicated to helping Federal Way become a city where all people have a feeling of belonging and sharing community, where there is equal access to information and resources for all, and where there are equal opportunities for all.

Members            

  • Ali Hajheidari
  • ShaQuina Davis
  • Julian Franco, Chair
  • Nichelle Curtis-McQueen, Vice Chair
  • Larissa Lincoln
  • Trenise Rogers
  • Voting (position open)
  • Stephanie Suprius
  • Brandon Bruan
  • Judo Garcia-Lata, Alternate

Meetings

 


Jury Diversity Committee

One of the ways we want to educate the community on jury service is by publishing articles through the newspaper. Our goal is to publish a three-part series that focuses on the history of racial disparities in jury service participation, the overall importance of jury service, and exploring solutions to the racial disparities in jury service participation. 

Here is a link to the first of a three-part Op-Ed series featured in the Federal Way Mirror http://www.federalwaymirror.com/opinion/overcoming-the-disparities-in-jury-selection/ 

Part 1 provides a historical perspective and focuses on racial disparities in jury service participation. 

Part 2  http://www.federalwaymirror.com/opinion/the-importance-of-participating-in-jury-service/

Stay tuned for Part 3.



2019 MLK Jr. Celebration
at the Performing Arts & Event Center 1/21/19


 

 

Contact

Sarah Bridgeford
Community Services Manager
253.835.2650
Email

Jeri-Lynn Clark
Executive Assistant
253.835.2401
Email

Rep. Roger Freeman Memorial Award

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2020 WINNERS!

LILLIAN TRAN & MOSES SMITH

 

Roger Freeman’s life embodied a life of unselfishness and kindness especially when it came to the youth of our City and Region.

There are four (4) outstanding characteristics that Mr. Freeman will be remembered for:

  • Justice – Advocating for those that lack the means to help themselves

  • Diversity – Inclusion of all

  • Compassion – Humility and volunteerism; concern for others

  • Integrity – Truthful, honest, and reliable

 

► Video on remembering the life of Rep. Roger Freeman