The Race and Social Justice Community Roundtable is a partnership of twenty-five community organizations and public institutions working together to achieve racial equity in Seattle.
Roundtable members are committed to achieving racial equity throughout Seattle via coordinated actions. Members also are working to address institutional racism within their own organizations.
The task of the Roundtable is to work together to examine and interrupt the School to Prison Pipeline. Graduation rates, rates of discipline, test scores and other measures illustrate a clear racial divide in education. Typical explanations usually focus on the capacity of individual teachers, students, the curriculum, etc. Yet systemic race-based inequities sort and shape students in ways that are obvious to families of color, but often invisible to white families.
The result? Students of color are pushed out of the classroom and into the criminal legal system, where there is disproportionality in arrest rates, detention rates, sentencing and incarceration.
The Roundtable will build on the work that the Disproportionality in Discipline Committee of the Roundtable has done for the last several years to focus on establishing a culturally-anchored Restorative Justice model in the Seattle Public Schools, as opposed to the punishment-driven, zero-tolerance policies currently in place.
Member list: RSJ Community Roundtable
|Arab American Community Coalition||Devon Abdalla, Board Member|
|Childcare Resources||Deeann Burtch Puffert, CEO|
|Office for Civil Rights, City of Seattle||Patricia Lally, Director|
|El Centro De La Raza||Estela Ortega, Executive Director|
|Office of Equity and Social Justice, King County||Matias Valenzuela, Director|
|NAACP, Seattle King County Chapter||Gerald Hankerson, President|
|Nonprofit Assistance Center||Predeepta Upadhyay, Planning Development Director|
|One America||Rich Stolz, Director|
|People's Institute NW|
|Pride Foundation||Kris Hermanns, Executive Director|
|Puget Sound Educational Service District||Melia LaCour, Equity in Education Program Manager|
|Seattle City Council||Bruce Harrell, Councilmember|
|Seattle Education Association||Jonathan Knapp, President|
|Seattle Housing Authority||Andrew Lofton, Executive Director|
|Seattle Indian Health Board||Ralph Forquera, Executive Director|
|Seattle Public Schools||Bernardo Ruiz, School and Family Partnerships Director|
|Seattle University, Center for the Study of Justice in Society||Dr. Pamela Taylor, Director|
|Senior Services||Paula Houston, CEO|
|Social Justice Fund||Zeke Spier, Executive Director|
|Solid Ground||Gordon McHenry, President & CEO|
|United Way of King County||Sara Levin, Community Services Vice-President|
|Washington Community Action Network||Will Pittz, Executive Director|
|Youth Undoing Institutional Racism||Marcel Purnell|
|YWCA||Margie Haywood, Director of Youth Services & Girls’ Leadership|