Who We Are

Honoring humanity creates an equitable and just society.

Black women at conference table with laptops

Washington, with beautiful landscapes from the beaches of Neah Bay to the rolling fields of Asotin and every place in between, is home to a beautiful tapestry of people seeking to make a life for themselves and a better future for their children, grandchildren, and generations to come.  Yet, the Black Community still do not have the same opportunities to thrive as their nonmarginalized counterparts across nearly every measure including education, wealth, employment, health, and more. Inequities continue to be deep, pervasive, and persistent, and they come at a great economic and social cost.

The Washington State Office of Equity partners with numerous internal and external stakeholders to receive anti-racist, decolonized, disaggregated data in order to produce relevant information that result in everyone in the Black Community having full access to the opportunities, power, and resources they need  to flourish and achieve their full potential.

While the Black Community makes up a smaller part of Washington’s overall population, their presence in is strong. Black people are increasing in political representation, making economic gains and continuing to contribute the arts and education. Such opportunities have played a role in attracting Black people to the region and they continue to redefine Black excellence.

It isn’t just a pat on the back. Measures is about marking, but evaluation is about improving. amecorg.com
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