Equity and Social Justice
Fair and just.
This principle, stated in our county's strategic plan, is incorporated into all of our work at King County. We recognize that our economy and quality of life depends on the ability of everyone to contribute. We will work to remove barriers that limit the ability of some to fulfill their potential. It is troubling that race, income, neighborhood are each major predictors of whether we graduate from high school, become incarcerated, how healthy we are, and even how long we will live. We are committed to implementing our equity and social justice agenda, to work toward fairness and opportunity for all.
New and noteworthy
New 2015 Equity and Social Justice Annual Report
Read the report and learn how King County is building equity through Best Starts for Kids, increased access to health care and transportation, becoming a more equitable and diverse employer, and more.
Call for literary and spoken word artists
King County seeks up to eight individual literary artists to participate in readings as part of its Cultivating a Culture of Equity and Social Justice through Literature and Poetry project. Applications due on September 14.
2015 Governing for Racial Equity Conference
The King County and partner jurisdictions are convening the 2015 Governing for Racial Equity Conference on June 11-12, 2015, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington. Learn more.
Determinants of Equity Report
The Determinants of Equity Report (January 2015) is a catalog of community-level indicators and King County data covering the 13 Determinants of Equity. This landmark report is intended to support the ESJ Strategic Plan and be a catalyst for conversations on how we can incorporate equity measures into ongoing business and performance management processes.
King County Equity and Social Justice Strategic Plan
In September 2014, King County Executive Dow Constantine signed an Executive Order calling for the development of the first Strategic Plan for King County Equity and Social Justice, involving county agencies, employees and the community.
Report on serving limited-English proficiency populations in King County
In June 2014 and after meeting with local community leaders and organizations, a Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Workgroup issued its report with research findings and recommendations on how King County may increase access to government services and better work with limited-English speaking populations. Read the full LEP proviso report with findings and recommendations and the transcript of the panel with community leaders.
Building equity and opportunity
In his State of the County speech in February 2014, King County Executive Dow Constantine addressed what he called "the great generational challenges of our time" -- building equity in our community, and confronting climate change. You can watch a video of the speech. See the new infographic on building equity and opportunity in King County and the Executive's policy brief on King County's efforts to build a shared and sustainable prosperity.
King County serves all residents by promoting fairness and opportunity and eliminating inequities.. Learn more...
The Office of Equity and Social Justice works jointly with the Inter Branch Team - representing all branches, departments, agencies and offices of county government - to facilitate accountability and collaboration in order to advance the "fair and just" principle within the county. Learn more...