Social Justice and Equity Commission

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Help us create a new Commission to build a more equitable, just and thriving community

We want Olympia to be a place where we all belong. We know that the people most impacted by institutional racism and oppression have had the least decision-making power. This needs to change, and we are starting today. We will follow the lead of those who have been harmed, especially the youth, while acting now to protect Black lives.

Help us build a commission of accountability, to create a more equitable, just and thriving community in Olympia.

We will gather and compile the information we receive to present a final recommendation to City Council about the new Commission’s formal name, make-up and terms, scope of work, and first year work plan.

Be part of the change!

We want this commission to reflect the voices in our community. We are trying to capture the untold stories of our most invisible and marginalized people in our communities. Your insight will shape a commission that can create lasting change in our City. You can share your input in the following ways:

Ideas
Use the "Ideas" tab below to tell us what you think Olympia should start, stop and keep doing to be an equitable and inclusive place to live.

Survey
Take the short survey below to tell us about yourself and your experiences.

Focus Groups (Invitation only)
We are hosting five focus group sessions centering the voices and lived experiences of Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQ+, Immigrant, People with Disabilities and Neurodivergent, and Unstably Housed community members. These are by invitation only and space is limited to 40 seats per session.

Community Conversation
We are hosting an open public meeting on race and equity on May 22 from noon to 4 p.m. We welcome all to share stories, ideas and solutions. Attendees must pre-register here.

Help us create a new Commission to build a more equitable, just and thriving community

We want Olympia to be a place where we all belong. We know that the people most impacted by institutional racism and oppression have had the least decision-making power. This needs to change, and we are starting today. We will follow the lead of those who have been harmed, especially the youth, while acting now to protect Black lives.

Help us build a commission of accountability, to create a more equitable, just and thriving community in Olympia.

We will gather and compile the information we receive to present a final recommendation to City Council about the new Commission’s formal name, make-up and terms, scope of work, and first year work plan.

Be part of the change!

We want this commission to reflect the voices in our community. We are trying to capture the untold stories of our most invisible and marginalized people in our communities. Your insight will shape a commission that can create lasting change in our City. You can share your input in the following ways:

Ideas
Use the "Ideas" tab below to tell us what you think Olympia should start, stop and keep doing to be an equitable and inclusive place to live.

Survey
Take the short survey below to tell us about yourself and your experiences.

Focus Groups (Invitation only)
We are hosting five focus group sessions centering the voices and lived experiences of Black, Indigenous, People of Color, LGBTQ+, Immigrant, People with Disabilities and Neurodivergent, and Unstably Housed community members. These are by invitation only and space is limited to 40 seats per session.

Community Conversation
We are hosting an open public meeting on race and equity on May 22 from noon to 4 p.m. We welcome all to share stories, ideas and solutions. Attendees must pre-register here.