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Washington Pow Wow Calendar

Tuesday, May 28, 2024
Did You Know:
There are thousands of Pow Wows held across North America?
  • Community is welcome. Events are free.
  • They are held in all 50 states and all Canadian provinces.
  • Pow Wow Calendar

Washington State DEI Empowerment Conference 2024

Thursday, May 23, 2024 Olympia:
  • 1500 Jefferson St SE, Olympia, WA 98501 (conference room 1213) *light refreshments*
  • 212 Maple Park Ave SE Olympia, WA 98501 (ESD Building - 4th floor, Perkins Room)
  • Yakima / Union Gap: 1205 Ahtanum Ridge Dr. Union Gap, WA. 98903 (Yakima WorkSource – main conference room)
  • Spokane Valley:16201 E Indiana Ave, Spokane Valley, WA 99216 (Office of Administrative Hearings) *light refreshments and free parking*
The 2024 WA DEI Empowerment Conference (June 5 – 12) theme is Equity & Belonging Through Disrupting Policy & Practice. When we say “Disrupting,” we are focusing on the importance of pausing and analyzing current policies and practices to help us identify and remove barriers. We are committed to supporting statewide and agency-specific efforts to build a broad path toward equity, anti-racism and belonging in the workplace. All employees have the power to contribute.

Washington State DEI Empowerment Conference 2024 | Office of Financial Management

When is Human Rights Day 2024?

Monday, May 20, 2024 Human Rights Day is observed on December 10th each year. It serves as a day to reflect on the progress made in promoting human rights and to highlight the challenges that persist. The day also honors the individuals and organizations working tirelessly to protect and advocate for human rights.

When sharing your support for human rights and participating in discussions related to Human Rights Day, consider using these relevant hashtags:

  • #HumanRights
  • #Equality
  • #SocialJustice
  • #UDHR
  • #StandUpForRights
  • #Inclusion

Human Rights Day 2024 - Awareness Days Events Calendar 2024

Heritage Months 2024

Monday, May 20, 2024 Heritage Months:
  • January (Martin Luther King, Jr. History)
  • February (African American/Black History)
  • March (Women's History)
  • May (Asian American and Pacific Islander History)
  • June (LGBTQ+ Pride)
  • September (Hispanic Heritage)
  • October (Disability Employment Awareness)

Heritage Months 2024 (diversityresources.com)

Human Rights Day 2024 - Awareness Days Events Calendar 2024

Washington's new laws in 2024

Monday, May 20, 2024
  • SB 5462: Public schools in Washington must now teach students about the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community and their perspectives
  • SB 5778: Employers can no longer require employees to join meetings that discuss their religious or political views.

April is Fair Housing Month

Monday, March 27, 2023

April is Fair Housing Month 2023

April is Fair Housing Month because, on April 11, 1968, President Johnson signed the Fair Housing Act of 1968 after months of ideological gridlock. The legislative breakthrough came only when, on April 4th of that year, the Act's champion, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was murdered in Memphis.

The mission of the WSHRC is to eliminate and prevent discrimination in the Washington State through the fair application of the law, efficient use of resources, and establishment of productive partnerships in the community.

Washington State Human Rights Commission (WSHRC) partners with the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) to eliminate housing discrimination, promote economic opportunity, and achieve diverse, inclusive communities by leading the nation in the enforcement, administration, development, and public understanding of federal fair housing policies and laws.

WSHRC and HUD FHEO’s partnership activities include investigating fair housing complaints and managing fair housing grants.

There are also fair housing organizations and other non-profits that receive funding from HUD through the Fair Housing Initiatives Program (FHIP) and partner with WSHRC. FHIPs assist people who believe they have been victims of... more

Statement Regarding Recent Mass Shooting Events

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

The Human Rights Commission is left reeling after hearing the devastating account of more than seventeen dead, and numerous injured, from recent mass shootings within the communities of Monterey Park in Southern California and Half Moon Bay, an agriculture area near San Francisco. We stand with the families and friends as we remember those you loved so deeply. 

Update from Wenatchee for Immigrant Justice

Monday, August 29, 2022

Summer update from Wenatchee for Immigrant Justice (WIJ):

"As the heat and summer harvest season is upon us, WIJ has been hard at work behind the scenes. We are so grateful for your continued support, and we want to share this update about our ongoing work in the community and some exciting changes for WIJ this fall. 

A medida que el calor y la temporada de cosecha de verano están sobre nosotros, WIJ ha estado trabajando duro detrás de escena. Estamos muy agradecidos por su continuo apoyo, y queremos compartir una actualización sobre nuestro trabajo continuo en la comunidad y algunos cambios emocionantes para WIJ en el otoño."