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        CALLING ALL PERFORMERS!!!!!!!                                                     

Your City's Diversity Commission will host its annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Monday January 14, 2023 at our beautiful Performing Arts & Event Center from 11am-1pm.  We are looking for community performers to help us celebrate and honor Dr. King's legacy of love, respect, advocacy for social justice and perseverance.  Your Diversity Commission is hosting its first COMMUNITY-LED Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration and calling on PERFORMERS from DIVERSE multi-ethnic, multi-racial, and from all generations, and all abilities to please apply to perform at this monumental event.  Deadline for performers to apply is December 12, 2022.  Finalist performers will be contacted by December 14, 2022 by City staff and Commissioners for next steps.  

This is a FREE community event!  We look forward to seeing you all very soon!

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Performers Application

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 2022 Work Plan. It is our aim to help Federal Way in becoming a community that is united amidst diversity, where each individual is respected, equally valued, equally needed, and equally cherished. Equality is not sameness, it is equivalent value.

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.

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.

The City of Federal Way Diversity Commission shall engage with Federal Way residents and businesses at the neighborhood level during the next year. The intention is to build the Commission’s knowledge about local and regional equity issues facing our city’s residents. We will document this knowledge and use it to achieve our mission.

Statement from the Diversity Commission regarding the death of Mr. George Floyd

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 oppressive systems. We see you, uplift your efforts, and stand with you.

We thank the police officers for 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 officer to 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.


  • Trenise Rogers-Chair
  • Allison Fine-Vice Chair
  • Shante Lane
  • Gin Hooks
  • Tirzah Idahosa
  • Lisa Wallace
  • Tracy Myers
  • Shermoin Clardy
  • Vacant Position
  • Saudia Abdullah, Alternate


  • 5:30 pm
  • Odd Months - The second Wednesday of January, March, May, July, September, November
  • Hylebos Conference Room (currently on Zoom)
    33325 8th Ave. S.
    Federal Way, WA 98003
  • Current and past meeting packets and agendas


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/


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!



Kia McGlone

Diversity Equity Inclusion Analyst


If you have any questions/comments or like to communicate directly with our commission please email:




Rep. Roger Freeman Memorial Award

2022 RRFA Winners

Adiv Dholakia 9th Grade
Angie Avellaneda-Arias 10th Grade
Crystal Morales 11th Grade
Ndeye Diop 12th Grade



Roger Freeman embodied a life of unselfishness and kindness especially when it came to the youth of our city and region. Federal Way's Diversity Commission would like to award $250 up to 4 high school scholars from Federal Way committed to Diversity, Integrity, Compassion, & Justice. The application closes at 12:00 pm PST on January 9, 2023. 

Three methods to submit Roger Freeman application materials:  Email to:  diversity@cityoffederalway.com,  OR Fax to:  253-835-2609 (Attention Kia McGlone-Roger Freeman Application)  OR  Mail/Drop off:  City Hall, 33325 8th Avenue South, Federal Way, WA 98003

APPLY NOW!  We look forward to seeing you all at the annual Dr. King Celebration on Jan. 14, 2023 at the PAEC!


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