Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Commission

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Overview

The City of Mountlake Terrace Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Commission (DEIC) was created in August of 2020. The seven (7) member DEIC has a mission of promoting and embracing diversity through action, education, and guidance. The Commission seeks to foster an understanding that includes, accepts, respects and appreciates each individual member of our community. 

Being a new Commission, the initial terms are staggered, with subsequent appointments having a term of three years. Therefore, three (3) of the initial terms will expire on June 30, 2022 and four (4) of the initial terms will expire on June 30, 2023. 

Resources

Resources to the Greater Puget Sound community and regional organizations that provide information and contacts on cultural and ethnic diversity, physical and developmental disabilities, civil and human rights information, LGBTQ, age related questions, and directory for public institutions. Thanks to the City of Edmonds for sharing this information!

Upcoming Community Events/Trainings

Juneteenth Proclamation:
On June 3, the Mountlake Terrace City Council will adopt a Proclamation in Recognition of Juneteenth. From History.com: "Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end to slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday."

The Washington State Legislature recently recognized Juneteenth (June 19) as an official paid state holiday.

Asian America 2021: Anti-Asian Racism and Unlearning the Model Minority Myth Event Recording - Recording Available through November 11, 2021
On May 11, Dr. Nina Kim Hanson. Dr. Hanson, an educator, anti-racist bridge builder, and member of the Lake Stevens Allies for BIPOC Advisory Board held a virtual lecture. It was recorded on the Sno-Isle Libraries YouTube channel and will be available for six months. Learn about: North America's history of anti-Asian racism, highlighting Pacific Northwest history and stories, and how the model minority myth attempts to continually devalue Asian American voices and stories today. Also how to unlearn and critically examine common misconceptions of Asian American history and actively learn to participate in anti-racism that best serves alongside our Asian American siblings better.

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Commission Information

Meeting Schedule and Location
Regular meetings occur on the third Wednesday of each month beginning at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom/Telephone.

Upcoming DEIC Meeting
To listen to the August 18 meeting via telephone, call 1-253-215-8782. To watch the meeting online: 1) Go to https://zoom.us/join; 2) Enter meeting ID 813 0437 9110 and click “join” (you will be prompted to install the Zoom application if you do not already have it); and 3) Enter passcode 08 18 21.

Meeting Schedule: August 18, September 15, October 20, November 17, and December 15.

Public Comment Policy

Commissioners/Term Expiration
Karissa Richards, Chair - June 30, 2023
Saboora Deen, Vice Chair - June 30, 2023
Alvaro Guillen - June 30, 2022
Hannah Meier - June 30, 2022
William Paige Jr. - June 30, 2022
Samatra Doyle - June 30, 2023
Gary Hale - June 30, 2023

City Council Liaison
Councilmember Steve Woodard

Staff Liaison
City Manager Scott Hugill

The City of Mountlake Terrace strives to provide access and services to all members of the public. Please notify the city at least one week prior to the event if reasonable accommodations are needed. Large print and audio are available upon request. Meeting materials are available here. You may also make a request for records by contacting the Public Records Officer at 425-744-6235 or recordsofficer@mltwa.gov.

Police Department Policy Manual
The Mountlake Terrace Police Department Policy Manual is the product of our effort and collaboration with Lexipol, which is a nationally-recognized firm, that provides public safety policies. As part of Lexipol’s program, we regularly refresh our knowledge of these policies through updates and answering questions when we log on to computers as we begin our shifts.  

These policies are continually reviewed to reflect all legal updates and best practices throughout the law enforcement profession.