Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Ellensburg City Council wants Ellensburg to be a place where everyone has the chance to flourish. We seek to create a community with a built environment that improves lives and supports a wide range of people. 

Ellensburg is growing. More people call our city home than ever. We see more pressure for affordable housing, livable wage jobs, and infrastructure – from roads to utilities and open spaces – that supports this growth. We also know that as we grow, certain groups of people continue to feel excluded. Historical inequities are illuminated. We are listening to and acting on behalf of our residents to create a more equitable, just, and safe community – one where all citizens know they belong and are welcome.  

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiative has three key foundational pillars: 

1. Ellensburg cares. 

We are a community that cares for one another, and as such we want all people to feel a sense of belonging in this community. 

2. There are long-standing concerns about the treatment of people based on how they look, speak, or act, not by whom they are as a person. 

We are making history. We are embracing a future that sees diversity in Ellensburg – be that age, skin color, gender identity, religion, disability – as what makes us stronger. 

3. We can do better. 

Working together, all who live in Ellensburg today, and in the future, will have access to what they need to reach their full potential. 

There are several actions planned that support this initiative including, but not limited to, creative projects, community celebrations, community listening tours, and the possible formation of an Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Board/Commission. 

Recent News:

View the City Council proclamation for Veteran's Day 2020

View the City Council proclamation for Native American Heritage Month 2020

An open letter for Indigenous Peoples' Day, October 12, 2020

City Council Proclamation (9/21/2020) to honor and celebrate Hispanic Americans (English/Spanish).

YouTube video: What to know before your first round dance

Ellensburg Daily Record article published 8/14/2020 City council moving forward with diversity and inclusion dialog

Ellensburg Daily Record Guest Column: The words behind BLM painting

Facebook post, a message from the Mayor in support of EPD

Final IDE Report

African American History Month February 2021

Irish American Heritage Month March 2021

National Women's History Month March 2021

Jewish American Heritage Month May 2021

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month May 2021

Listening Tour

Ellensburg City Council members Nancy Goodloe, Bruce Tabb, and Nancy Lillquist went on a listening tour around Ellensburg in 2020, to learn how we can do better. 

For more information send us an email. We welcome your comments and feedback.


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