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Posted on: February 25, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Listening Sessions Scheduled to Help Commission

Postcard announcing listening sessions about diversity, equity and inclusion

The Mountlake Terrace Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission has scheduled two community listening sessions via Zoom teleconference on Wednesday, March 3, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, March 6, 10:00 a.m. to noon. A postcard was mailed citywide this week, so please check your mail to learn more or save the meeting information.

The Commission desires to help create a community where everyone feels welcome and valued with more equitable (equal or same) access to information and services. Therefore, you are invited to share your thoughts and ideas as they relate the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion to help the Commission learn more about our community. The Commission’s goal is to receive your input and help them plan their work and events over the next year. 

The format is intended to be free form as a “listening session” and not a back-and-forth dialogue with the Commission. The Commission asks that each speaker limit themselves to about three minutes to give everyone a chance to provide their thoughts.

If you are not sure what to talk about, here are some ideas: 

  • What makes a community feel safe and welcoming to you?
  • What should diversity, equity, and inclusion look like in our city?
  • What expectations are there for this Commission?
  • What current barriers do you see or have affected you personally?
  • In what areas is the city doing well and where do you think we can improve in regards to diversity, equity, and inclusion? 

Additional ideas are listed on the Commission’s listening session webpage at www.cityofmlt.com/2101

To participate in the listening sessions by telephone, the call in number is 1-253-215-8782.  To join online:  1) Go to https://zoom.us/join; 2) Enter meeting ID (860 9590 6457) for the March 3 session or (876 9104 7064) meeting ID for the March 6 session.  2) Click “join” (you will be prompted to install the Zoom application if you do not already have it); and 3) Enter password (030321) for March 3 listening session or (030621) for the March 6 listening session. 

To ask a question or provide comments, please use the “hand raise” tool within the Zoom application. Depending on your device, you can find it by clicking the “participant”, “reaction”, or “more” tabs. Or, if participating on the telephone, press *9 to raise your hand.  Once you are recognized to speak, the Commission will unmute you or if on the telephone, please press *6 to unmute yourself.  

For more information about the city’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Commission, visit the city’s website at www.cityofmlt.com/2084 or email cityhall@mltwa.gov

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