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Community Speaks: Help shape the future of the Seattle Office for Civil Rights!

Please join us for a discussion about the Seattle Office for Civil Rights and your community.

Participants will receive a $25 gift card. Food will be provided!

The Seattle Office for Civil Rights is a government agency that works to advance civil rights and end barriers to equity. It enforces laws against illegal discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and contracting that occurs within Seattle’s city limits. It also leads the Race and Social Justice Initiative, a citywide effort to end racism in City government and to achieve racial equity across our community.

In late 2017, Seattle City Council unanimously passed legislation that required the Seattle Office for Civil Rights to conduct a racial equity toolkit (RET) analysis to explore how changes to the office’s permanent structure, leadership appointment or designation, and duties and responsibilities could help the office accomplish its work.

We are reaching out to you and your community as a chance to work together in rebuilding our office so that it is accountable to you and your community. We are here to learn what role you wish we could play in your community, how we can build an accountable relationship with your community, and what your community’s biggest barriers are where we can provide support. This information will be included in a larger report to City Council to determine what changes need to occur to the Office for Civil Rights. City Council will consider the recommendations from this report and make any necessary changes to the department.

Scheduled Sessions

Session 1:
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
New Holly Gathering Hall
7054 32nd Ave South, Seattle, WA 98118
*This session was cancelled due to inclement weather*

Session 2:
Saturday, Feb. 16, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
New Holly Gathering Hall
7054 32nd Ave South, Seattle, WA 98118

Session 3:
Monday, Feb. 25, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Lake City Meeting Room
Lake City Library Branch-The Seattle Public Library
12501 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

Session 4:
Saturday, Mar. 2, 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Delridge Meeting Room, Delridge Library Branch
The Seattle Public Library
5423 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA 98106

Session 5:
Thursday, Mar. 7, 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Broadview Meeting Room, Broadview Library Branch
The Seattle Public Library
12755 Greenwood Ave N., Seattle, WA 98133

Additional Sessions are Currently Being Scheduled. Stay Tuned for Updates!

Let us know you are coming by calling and leaving a voicemail at (206) 256-5153 or emailing When you contact us, please let us know the date and location of the session you plan to attend. We need you to let us know you are coming so we have a head count for facilitation, planning, food, and for logistical purposes.

Do You Need Child Care, Have Language Access Needs, or Need a Reasonable Accommodation Request?

To contact us about child care needs, language access needs, or reasonable accommodation requests, please call (206) 256-5153 or email by Feb. 13 for Session 2, by Feb. 20 for Session 3, by Feb. 27 for Session 4, and by Mar. 4 for Session 5.