Equity and justice for all, statewide across state government.

About the Washington State Office of Equity

The newly created Washington State Office of Equity (the Office) was established by the legislature and signed into law in April 2020 because the Legislature found that:

  • The population of Washington state has become increasingly diverse over the last several decades.
  • As the demographics of our state change, historically and currently marginalized communities still do not have the same opportunities to meet parity as their nonmarginalized counterparts across nearly every measure including education, poverty, employment, health, and more.
  • Inequities based on race, ethnicity, gender, and other characteristics continue to be deep, pervasive, and persistent, and they come at a great economic and social cost.
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To promote access to equitable opportunities and resources that reduce disparities and improve outcomes statewide across government
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Everyone in WA has full access to the opportunities, power, and resources they need to flourish and achieve their full potential