Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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In 2020, Ellensburg City Council members Nancy Goodloe, Bruce Tabb, and Nancy Lillquist went on a listening tour around the City to gain perspective from residents. The listening tour consisted of 17 listening sessions with groups of people in the Ellensburg community who have not always been heard. Thoughts and experiences were shared by community members who identify as African American, Asian, Indigenous, Latino and White. People spoke of living in Ellensburg as members of the LGBTQ community, Persons with Disabilities, Seniors, and Persons of Color. What became clear is that there is work to be done to make Ellensburg a community that is welcoming, accessible and inclusive to all.

The City's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Commission was formed in 2021, and is responsible for advising the City Council on diversity, equity and inclusion matters with the mission to support Ellensburg in celebrating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community that welcomes and is supportive to all residents and visitors because doing so enriches each individual’s life and the community’s wellbeing and vitality.

In 2020, Ellensburg City Council members Nancy Goodloe, Bruce Tabb, and Nancy Lillquist went on a listening tour around the City to gain perspective from residents. The listening tour consisted of 17 listening sessions with groups of people in the Ellensburg community who have not always been heard. Thoughts and experiences were shared by community members who identify as African American, Asian, Indigenous, Latino and White. People spoke of living in Ellensburg as members of the LGBTQ community, Persons with Disabilities, Seniors, and Persons of Color. What became clear is that there is work to be done to make Ellensburg a community that is welcoming, accessible and inclusive to all.

The City's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Commission was formed in 2021, and is responsible for advising the City Council on diversity, equity and inclusion matters with the mission to support Ellensburg in celebrating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community that welcomes and is supportive to all residents and visitors because doing so enriches each individual’s life and the community’s wellbeing and vitality.

  • Join The DEI Commission

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    Apply to serve on the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Commission. The DEI Commission just had their annual planning meeting and there is a lot of exciting work ahead!

    The commission is responsible for advising the City Council on diversity, equity and inclusion matters with the mission to support Ellensburg in celebrating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community that welcomes and is supportive to all residents and visitors because doing so enriches each individual’s life and the community’s wellbeing and vitality.

    Apply: https://ci.ellensburg.wa.us/79/Boards-Commissions

    Members of the DEI Commission from right to left: Alex Mandujano, Mayra Colazo, Nancy Goodloe, Teresa Divine, Tylene Carnell, Kandee Cleary, and Olene Togiailua. Not pictured: Amber Hoefer.

  • Belonging In The Burg: Building Bridges Together Recap

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    Belonging In The Burg was held on Saturday, April 8, 2023 from 2-5 p.m. at the Hal Holmes Community Center. Approximately 45 people attended the event including a dozen facilitators and English to Spanish interpreters. The event was hosted by the City’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Commission, Ellensburg School District, Central Washington University, and Conflict Solutions

    The goal for the event was to connect a diverse group of residents for a meaningful conversation about building bridges in Ellensburg. Participants were asked to answer four questions in small group settings:
    "Why do we need bridges—in our personal life, in our community? Why do we build bridges?"
    "Where do we have bridges in Ellensburg?"
    "Where do we need bridges in Ellensburg?"
    "What do we need to construct the bridges we would like to build?"

    Look for another event in 2023!

    Participants were encouraged to note key ideas, doodle and draw.





  • Belonging In The Burg: Building Bridges Together On April 8

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    Join a community-building conversation about belonging in Ellensburg, using the World Cafe discussion model.

    Saturday, April 8 from 2-5 p.m.
    Hal Holmes Community Center, 209 N. Ruby St.
    Free to participate. Includes refreshments & snacks. Spanish interpretation available.

    RSVP: Belonging In The Burg: Building Bridges Together Tickets, Sat, Apr 8, 2023 at 2:00 PM | Eventbrite

    The goal for the event is to connect a diverse group of residents for a meaningful conversation about belonging.

    We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. For inquiries about accessibility, please contact Nicole Klauss, klaussn@ci.ellensburg.wa.us or 509-925-8657.


    Únase a una conversación de creación de comunidad sobre la pertenencia en Ellensburg, usando el modelo de discusión World Cafe.

    Sabado, Abril 8 de 2-5 p.mEn el Hal Holmes Community Center, 209 N. Ruby St.
    Participación gratis. Incluye refrescos y botana.

    El objetivo del evento es conectar a un grupo diverso de residentes para una significativa conversación sobre pertenencia.

    Nos esforzamos por organizar eventos inclusivos y accesibles que permitan a todas las personas, incluidas las personas con discapacidades, participar plenamente. Para consultas sobre accesibilidad, comuníquese con Nicole Klauss, klaussn@ci.ellensburg.wa.us o 509-925-8657.



  • Belonging In The Burg Recap

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    Belonging In The Burg was held on Saturday, November 12, 2022 from 3-5 p.m. at the Hal Holmes Community Center. Approximately 70 people attended the event including a dozen facilitators and English to Spanish translators. The event was hosted by the City’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Commission, Ellensburg School District, Central Washington University, and Dispute Resolution Center of Yakima and Kittitas Counties.

    The goal for the event was to connect a diverse group of residents for a meaningful conversation about belonging. Participants were asked to answer four questions in small group settings:
    “What do I gain when I feel as if I belong?”
    “I feel like I belong in Ellensburg when... / I feel like I don’t belong in Ellensburg when...”
    “What do I have to give up when I belong?”
    “Do you have to contribute to belong?”

    Common Themes We Heard:
    Be open-minded.
    Be willing to give up the idea that what I think or feel won’t change.
    Belonging is an essential experience.
    Everyone has to show up in their own way.
    Listening is important.
    People don’t feel like they belong until they are comfortable contributing.
    People need to feel welcome.
    Acceptance, safety, trust, respect, and peace.
    Everyone is important.
    There are different ways to contribute.
    Belonging can look and feel different based on context and what you can give. People want to feel safe, valued, and accepted.
    It’s hard to feel like you belong if you are judged or discriminated against.

    We received 43 feedback forms and 93% of respondents indicated they would like to participate in a similar event in the future. The other 7% indicated maybe.

    Look for another event in 2023!

    Participants were encouraged to note key ideas, doodle and draw.


  • Belonging In The Burg

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    Join a community-building conversation about belonging in Ellensburg, using the World Cafe discussion model.

    Saturday, November 12 from 3-5 p.m.
    Hal Holmes Community Center, 209 N. Ruby St.
    Free to participate. Includes refreshments & snacks.

    The goal for the event is to connect a diverse group of residents for a meaningful conversation about belonging. English to Spanish translators will be in attendance.

    RSVP


    Únase a una conversación de creación de comunidad sobre la pertenencia en Ellensburg, usando el modelo de discusión World Cafe.

    Sabado, Noviembre 12 de 3-5 p.m
    En el Hal Holmes Community Center, 209 N. Ruby St.
    Participación gratis. Incluye refrescos y botana.

    El objetivo del evento es conectar a un grupo diverso de residentes para una significativa conversación sobre pertenencia. Asistirán traductores de inglés a español.

    RSVP