Mike McGinn, Mayor
810 Third Avenue, Suite 750, Seattle WA 98104-1627
A discussion about racial issues for City employees to engage in open, respectful, confidential dialogue.
CityTalks! is a year-round series of forums for City of Seattle employees to encourage honest conversations about race in the workplace. Four times a year, CityTalks! brings interested City employees together for 90-minute conversations, guided by trained facilitators.
Each event is organized around a race-related theme, and participants are welcome to attend any or all sessions. Information about other race-related programs and resources is always available. CityTalks! is designed and coordinated by the Seattle Office for Civil Rights and City of Seattle Personnel Department. Employees' participation at all levels is vital to the success of the program.
CityTalks! is based on the premise that race relations are best understood through the historical context in which our beliefs, attitudes and behaviors were shaped, as well as the contemporary context that influences us today. We believe understanding how our past impacts our present helps us work towards a more productive future. Increased understanding results in creating more respectful workplaces.
CityTalks! Is based on the success of the Urban Enterprise Center's Forum on Race program. While we have made progress in race relations since the days of separate facilities and overt exclusion from full civic and political participation, we still struggle with the complex issues of race and racism in the workplace.
Our promise to participants:
Using facilitated discussion, we can challenge stereotypes, understand the world experience and views of others, and increase our own and others' knowledge about race issues.
Ten actions a person can take to improve race relations today
New Advisory Board Members
Advisory Board 2003-2004
Germaine W. Covington,
Henri C. McClenney,
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