Equity and social justice
King County's first Strategic Plan for Equity and Social Justice is a blueprint for action and change that guides pro-equity policy direction, decision-making, operations, and workplace practices.
Our goal is simple—to advance equity and social justice within King County government and in our communities. This six-year strategic plan was co-created by county employees and community partners, and represents a critical opportunity for King County to do ground-breaking work:
- Applying a theory of change that fundamentally shifts the county away from policies and practices that react to problems and crises toward investments that address root causes.
- Balancing a bold vision with actionable and measureable objectives.
- Allowing for innovation and adaptability across our government to help us be more dynamic and culturally responsive.
Our strategies as One King County are to invest upstream and where needs are greatest—in employees and community partnerships. We will do this with accountable and transparent leadership.
Pro-Equity Policy Agenda:
King County is expanding access to opportunity in eight areas—child and youth development; jobs and economic development; environment and climate; health and human services; housing; information and technology; transportation and mobility; and the justice system.
We are advancing pro-equity policies, systems and practices in six areas of governance—leadership; operations and services; plans, policies and budgets; workforce and workplace; community partnerships; communications and education; and facility and system improvements.
Regional Equity Collaborative:
Given the need for increased coordination and cross-sector solutions that match the scale of inequities we face, King County is committed to regional collaboration on equity issues for greater and more sustained change.
Examples of our work:
- King County has become a Welcoming Community, recognizing that emigration of people from many parts of the world makes us a stronger, more prosperous region.
What is equity? King County's 2010 "fair and just" ordinance defines equity as all people having full and equal access to opportunities.
- Expanded voting access to immigrant communities means having voter registration and information in multiple languages.
- Best Starts for Kids is the nation's most comprehensive program investing in prevention and early intervention for children, youth, families and communities.
- Communities of Opportunity, launched with The Seattle Foundation, addresses inequities in health, social, and economic outcomes via place-based and policy-systems changes, with partners playing key roles in shaping solutions.
- Familiar Faces is a community partnership focused on improving health and social support services and crisis prevention for jail-involved individuals who have mental health or substance use conditions.
- Juvenile Justice Equity Steering Committee is establishing short- and long-term actions to end disproportionality in the juvenile justice system.
- ORCA LIFT is King County Metro Transit's nationally-recognized reduced-fare program for passengers who earn a lower income, increasing access to opportunities by making transit for accessible.
Equity and social justice resources:
- INFOGRAPHIC: Building equity and opportunity in King County [view, share, or download]
- Office of Equity and Social Justice
- Gráfica informativa sobre equidad social