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The Equity & Inclusion Task Force is composed of a cross-section of Snohomish County employees from each department. Members are nominated by their department head and appointed by the executive. The executive appoints a chair annually, approves the work plan and budget, and responds in a timely manner to advice provided by the Equity & Inclusion Task Force. The Executive Office provides support staff for the Equity & Inclusion Task Force. The Diversity Analyst and EEO Investigator are resources to the Equity & Inclusion Task Force.
As the diversity of the citizens of Snohomish County broadens county government must change and adapt to provide the best service possible to the citizens whom we serve. Honoring diversity has been shown to be an effective tool in improving customer satisfaction and increasing understanding. The Equity & Inclusion Task Force provides linkages between county employees, the diverse communities they represent and the executive to advance the diversity issues confronting them.
The Equity & Inclusion Task Force advises the Executive on ways that the Equity & Inclusion Task Force can help achieve the County's diversity goals.
Equity & Inclusion Task Force members serve as liaisons between the Equity & Inclusion Task Force and county employees from the department they represent and the community. Members provide feedback to the Equity & Inclusion Task Force about their issues of greatest concern. Members also report back to the director, elected official, or court administrator on the issues discussed and the activities of the Equity & Inclusion Task Force.
The Equity & Inclusion Task Force minutes are available to all county employees through this web site. Copies of the minutes are also distributed to all department heads. Some departments also post printed copies of the minutes for employees who do not have email.
Each department head nominates one or more employee in January, as openings occur, for a two-year staggered term. Nominees must fill out the application form. The county executive selects the new members after reviewing the applications. If you are interested in being nominated, let your department head know about your interest.
Besides lack of respect for differences, exclusion of, discrimination to, or harassment of a person because of their differences (e.g., ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religious background, different abilities, etc.), Equity & Inclusion Task Force issues appear in less obvious ways. Equity & Inclusion Task Force issues also include exclusion and lack of respect of persons based solely on an aspect of difference such as position, role, status, or location within the organization.
The Human Resources Department has a Continuous Learning Center with a resource library of books, videos, and posters related to Equity & Inclusion Task Force issues. Additional resources may be found by visiting the Equity & Inclusion Task Force Resources web page.
To contact the Equity & Inclusion Task Force you may e-mail the Equity & Inclusion Task Force Chairperson. You may also contact your department's Equity & Inclusion Task Force member.
Each of us has an individual responsibility to uphold the goals of Snohomish County government. At the very least, this means treating the public, as well as our co-workers, with respect in spite of our differences. Spending additional time to provide information to a customer who speaks English as a second language or who has a hearing impairment is also a Equity & Inclusion Task Force action. Other actions individuals can take are to work with your department's Equity & Inclusion Task Force representative on monthly Equity & Inclusion Task Force observances, help set up and maintain a Equity & Inclusion Task Force Corner in your department, or assist the Equity & Inclusion Task Force on special countywide actions. See your department's Equity & Inclusion Task Force representative for more ideas. If your department does not have a representative consider becoming your department's representative
The same actions you take during your workday to further the county's diversity goals can be implemented in your community. You can also take the additional step of volunteering at one of the organizations listed on the resources page.
Yes, training can be coordinated through emailing the Equity & Inclusion Task Force.
The simplest way is to forward the information in an email to the Equity & Inclusion Task Force Chairperson.
Depending on your comfort level, you may speak directly to the person engaged in the offending behavior, your supervisor, your manager or even your department director. You may also take your concerns directly to Human Resources at 425-388-3411. The most important thing to remember is to get assistance in stopping the harassment.
View the Snohomish County's Equity & Inclusion Task Force initiative.
View the available Training Learning Objectives.
View the resources page of the Equity & Inclusion Task Force website for more information.