Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Sammamish

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Developing policies that place equity and inclusion at the forefront takes time, resources, a commitment to learn, and a dedication to be inclusive. The City of Sammamish is committed to developing a plan that instills equity, diversity and inclusion as essential parts of policy making and the delivery of City services.


City of Sammamish's Proclamation Reaffirming Principles and Values

In 2016, the City of Sammamish reaffirmed our principles and values in the following proclamation:

As your City government, our role is to bring people together and not divide them. Our job is to be welcoming of all people and

Developing policies that place equity and inclusion at the forefront takes time, resources, a commitment to learn, and a dedication to be inclusive. The City of Sammamish is committed to developing a plan that instills equity, diversity and inclusion as essential parts of policy making and the delivery of City services.


City of Sammamish's Proclamation Reaffirming Principles and Values

In 2016, the City of Sammamish reaffirmed our principles and values in the following proclamation:

As your City government, our role is to bring people together and not divide them. Our job is to be welcoming of all people and all ideas in recognition that we truly are stronger and smarter together. We need to recognize certain essential principles and conduct our government and hopefully our lives consistent with those principles.

Consequently, as your City Council, we pledge:

  • To do all we can to foster civil discourse

  • To ensure that City services are always provided in a manner that does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity

  • To foster a community that always encourages people to achieve their potential and help others to do similarly

  • To protect our air, water and other parts of our natural environment to protect the health and futures of our families and future generations

  • To welcome, without reservation, new people from all parts of our world, with an abiding faith in their potential to be part of and strengthen our community

  • To never marginalize or demonize any person or group of people

  • To respect and listen to people and their ideas

  • To understand that we have a responsibility not just to ourselves but to others in our region including many who are not as fortunate

  • To do all we can to ensure that our children will inherit a world that includes all of the good that the world our parents brought us into had

  • To encourage that our national, state and regional leaders uphold these same values

  • We commit to regularly remind ourselves of these principles and to judge ourselves and our City by our adherence to them



Proclamation Declaring the City Sammamish Stands Together Against All Discrimination, Including Racial Violence and Harassment

In 2020, as a result of racial and social justice issues facing the United States, the City reaffirmed our position against discrimination with this proclamation:


WHEREAS the United States is founded on the principles that all persons, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, creed, or ethnicity, should be treated with dignity, respect, compassion and justice,


WHEREAS we have witnessed the mistreatment of people of color while in police custody, resulting in death and tragedy for their families, communities, and the nation,


WHEREAS on May 25, 2020, George Floyd died in Minneapolis, Minnesota shortly after his arrest in which an officer kneeled on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds; and neither the officer nor any of the other arresting officers heeded Mr. Floyd’s request for help when he stated he could not breathe,


WHEREAS the nation is grappling with the pandemic caused by COVID-19, and there is misinformation and a false narrative being pushed by certain persons that blame China and Chinese people for its spread,


WHEREAS there has been an increase in anti-Asian violence nationwide, with reports of assault, verbal abuse, and discrimination against persons of Asian descent,


WHEREAS the City of Sammamish is a tolerant and peaceful community which values diversity, equality, justice, and human rights for all,


WHEREAS the City of Sammamish as stewards for public safety recognizes the right for peaceful and safe protest,


WHEREAS the City of Sammamish has a close working relationship with the Sammamish Chief of Police, Daniel Pingrey, and are confident Chief Pingrey and his officers share the same values around equality and justice,


WHEREAS the City of Sammamish is committed to creating an environment where all employees, contractors, elected officials, and commission members uphold and reflect these values of equality and justice,


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Sammamish stands in unity with the nation in its demand for racial justice and an end to all forms of racial violence.



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  • The First 30 Days: Black Futures on Black History

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    Saturday, February 20, 2021
    5:00 PM  6:00 PM

    The Northwest African American Museum is hosting a virtual conversation with local youth to hear their perspectives on Black history, Black futures, and their community work as Black youth in this new Biden-Harris administration era.

    RSVP Here: https://www.naamnw.org/events/black-futures


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  • Bellevue College Presents: The Model Minority Myth

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    Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. 

    For the last week of Black History Month, this presentation explores The Model Minority Myth. In this talk with Dr. Kiona (Ph.D., M.S., M.A.) and Takeru “TK” Nagayoshi (Massachusetts 2020 Teacher of the Year), learn about the origin of the term “Model Minority”, why it is a myth, and the reasons why it shouldn’t be used. 

    Get more details here: https://www.bellevuecollege.edu/events/?mc_id=42448

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  • Knowledge is Power Book Giveaway

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    Wednesday, February 24 at 2:00 PM 4:00 PM
    Neighborhood House Parking Lot
    6400 Sylvan Way Southwest Seattle, WA, 98126

    *Outdoors. Masks required.*

    Each month, NAAM is giving away brand new Black-centered books to local K-12 children at family-friendly and school-based youth events within the community. We've curated books that teach all children the rich history of Black Americans. These books center, reflect, and affirm Black children, and are written and illustrated by Black authors and artists, with amazing learning within. 

    To learn more about the program, visit: https://www.naamnw.org/events/kip-sha

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  • Global Perspectives on Restorative Justice & Race: Conversation with Fania Davis

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    Wednesday, February 24 at 5:30 - 6:45 PM

    The University of Washington is hosting the following event during Black History Month:

    Global Perspectives on Restorative Justice & Race: Conversation with Fania Davis
    Black History Month Global Discussion 2021

    In this extraordinary moment of unrest and uncertainty, join us for a conversation with civil-rights activist Fania Davis as she makes the case for the importance of global engagement in the non-western world. This special discussion, moderated by Dr. Anu Taranath, will examine how restorative justice, equity and indigeneity can offer a path forward in healing and unifying our nation.

    For more information and to register, visit University of Washington Office of Global Affairs.

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  • The Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) Presents: When History is Your Story

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    Wednesday, February 24 at 6:00 p.m.

    How does history shape who you are? Hear from community members inspired by moments from local Black history that impact their present lives. 

    Learn more and register here: When History is Your Story

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  • From Migration to Mark Making: George Bush, Jacob Lawrence, and the Impact of Black Pioneers in Washington State

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    Thursday, February 25 at 6:00 p.m.

    Presented in partnership with the Washington State Historical Society and the Northwest African American Museum, and sponsored by KNKX.

    From Migration to Mark Making: George Bush, Jacob Lawrence, and the Impact of Black Pioneers in Washington State will be presented free Facebook Live on February 25 at 6:00 PM. 

    Tune in for a lively conversation led by Leslie King-Hammond, a Jacob Lawrence scholar and founding director of the Center for Race and Culture at the Maryland Institute College of Art; Jason Turner, museum educator and tour guide at the Northwest African American Museum; Gwen Whiting, lead exhibitions curator at WSHS; and Beth Turner, author of Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle. 

    Get more details here: https://www.naamnw.org/events/wa-pioneers

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