Program Work Group members Loretta Seppanen, Sandra Herndon, Darcy Huffman, Jody Disney, Keitha Bryson, Nicole Miller, and Peggy Smith set about examining new and emerging policies, programs, processes, and products of the cities of Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater, as well as those of Thurston County. We were able to provide comments or letters of support for diversity/equity commissions or councils that were established by these jurisdictions.
We evaluated the work done during the 2021-2022 program year and found:
- The local jurisdictions are moving more positively than we had imagined in 2021.
- There are several League groups taking actions similar to those outlined in the program proposal associated with a number of local governmental policies and such. We had not imagined this over a year ago, either.
- Work group members are contributing to equity enhancement efforts as part of other League or community partner groups.
- Our website provides a platform for telling members about progress being made in local equity efforts, as well as letting members and the community know about events of interest.
Therefore, it was reported at the 2022 Annual Meeting that our one-year effort had been sufficient to provide a foundation for continuing this work in the context of other League structures and functions. Keep an eye on our website for related news.