The murder of George Floyd in May 2020, along with the killings of other Black men and women, and the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color, have once again brought front and center the deep racial injustices that exist within our country.
Since that time, under the guidance of DEI consultants, DSA has been assessing our role in addressing systemic racism and developing an action plan to become a more diverse, inclusive and equitable organization. We recognize this has not historically been an organizational strong suit. Our efforts started with internal dialogue and employee workshops. In the fall of 2020, we launched a DEI Task Force, including board members and DSA/MID staff.
In 2021, the DSA Board of Directors created a new standing board committee to provide guidance and direction to our DEI work as well as advise on our implementation strategy to ensure that DEI remains a top organizational priority. The group, chaired by Mari Horita of the Seattle Kraken and Ben Franz-Knight of Shiels Obletz Johnsen, meets monthly and provides regular updates to the DSA Board of Trustees. Additional members include:
- Mark Barbieri, Washington Holdings
- Marilyn Boss, Zurich
- Michelle Merriweather, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle
- Fred Rivera, Seattle Mariners
- Sung Yang, Pacific Public Affairs
The committee will initially be working to revise our mission, vision and values to reflect a commitment to DEI and an inclusive downtown recovery. Members will support the recruitment of new board members that reflect greater diversity and will provide formal training opportunities for the board.
Below are anti-racism resources provided by our consultants for all to pursue at their discretion.
Questions can be directed to Emily Bailor, DSA director of executive administration, at email@example.com.