The City of Mountlake Terrace Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Commission (DEIC) was created in August of 2020. The seven (7) member DEIC has a mission of promoting and embracing diversity through action, education, and guidance. The Commission seeks to foster an understanding that includes, accepts, respects and appreciates each individual member of our community.
Being a new Commission, the initial terms are staggered, with subsequent appointments having a term of three years. Therefore, three (3) of the initial terms will expire on June 30, 2022 and four (4) of the initial terms will expire on June 30, 2023.
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. Thanks to the City of Edmonds for sharing this information!
Upcoming Community Events/Trainings
On June 3, the Mountlake Terrace City Council will adopt a Proclamation in Recognition of Juneteenth. From History.com: "Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday."
The Washington State Legislature recently recognized Juneteenth (June 19) as an official paid state holiday.
Asian America 2021: Anti-Asian Racism and Unlearning the Model Minority Myth Event Recording - Recording Available through November 11, 2021
On May 11, Dr. Nina Kim Hanson. Dr. Hanson, an educator, anti-racist bridge builder, and member of the Lake Stevens Allies for BIPOC Advisory Board held a virtual lecture. It was recorded on the Sno-Isle Libraries YouTube channel and will be available for six months. Learn about: North America's history of anti-Asian racism, highlighting Pacific Northwest history and stories, and how the model minority myth attempts to continually devalue Asian American voices and stories today. Also how to unlearn and critically examine common misconceptions of Asian American history and actively learn to participate in anti-racism that best serves alongside our Asian American siblings better.
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