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The King County Latinx Affinity Group (KCLx) Leadership Team developed a survey to better understand the needs of King County Latinx employees. We will use the survey results to define KCLx priorities, more effectively plan activities, and hopefully remove barriers to participation.

KCLx Mission & Values

The King County Latinx Affinity Group's mission is to build equitable community for King County Latinx employees and the Latinx community at large. Our values define the way we act, what’s important to us, and our expectations for ourselves and one another.

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Teamwork

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Authenticity

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Collective Impact

KCLx_ValuesEquity

Equity and Social Justice

KCLx_ValuesAccountability

Accountability and Transparency

KCLx_ValuesEmpowerment

Empowerment

KCLx_ValuesRelationships

Relationship-centric

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Strategic Impact

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Shared Leadership

Learn About the Affinity Group

Our General Meetings take place second Wednesdays from 12:00-1:30 p.m. Contact the membership chair to join our distribution list.

All Members

All King County employees who identify as being of Latin American origin or descent and are interested in the mission and goals of the group are welcome!

Membership is voluntary. Members can use up to three work hours a month to participate in KCLx meetings and activities. Time spent in KCLx meetings and activities is not eligible for overtime.

Leadership Committee and Structure

Role Expectations: Leadership Team members shall attend monthly Leadership Team meetings as well as general membership meetings with an expected time commitment of an average of 6 work hours per month.

Terms of Office: KCLx leadership will be determined by members via a voting process and will serve an 18-month term of which includes a 6-month transition period to help the next leadership team maintain continuity and momentum.

Positions:
  • Co-Chairs
  • Communications & Social Media Chair
  • Membership Chair
  • Employee Retention & Advancement Chair
  • External Community Engagement Chair
  • Events Co-Chairs
  • Finance Chair
  • Content Manager

Name

The official name is: King County Latinx Affinity Group. *

Mission

The mission is to build equitable community for King County Latinx employees and the Latinx community at large.

Values

Our values define the way we act, what’s important to us, and our expectations for ourselves and one another.

  • Teamwork
  • Authenticity
  • Collective Impact
  • Equity & Social Justice
  • Accountability &Transparency
  • Empowerment
  • Relationship-centric
  • Strategic Impact
  • Shared Leadership
*The term Latinx is commonly defined as: a person of Latin American origin or descent (used as a gender-neutral or nonbinary alternative to Latino or Latina). KCLx uses this term as the most inclusive term to identify our community as a whole, recognizing that no one term represents everyone of Latina American origin or descent.
Purpose

Consistent with the King County’s commitment to making King County a welcoming community were every person can thrive, King County’s Latinx Affinity Group (KCLx), works with leadership to inform policies and procedures that address racism and other forms of oppression.

KCLx builds relationships with colleagues who share common interests or backgrounds and provides opportunities for members to develop their leadership skills. KCLx is supported by the Office of Equity and Social Justice and advocates for the implementation of King County’s Equity and Social Justice Plan.

Goal 1: Develop opportunities for members to network, learn, build common ground, collaborate, share resources, grow professionally, and support one another

  • Create a space for ethnic, racial, and gender minorities within the Latinx membership, in which we operate consciously of social justice, accountably to each other, and intentionally to create equitable spaces.
  • Deepen understanding of systemic racism and issues affecting KC Latinx employees and the community at large.
  • Operate as a collective and for the interest of the group.

Goal 2: Advance equity and social justice within King County government

  • Inform policies and procedures that address racism and other forms of oppression
  • Support, advocate, and serve as a resource for the implementation of King County Equity and Social Justice Plan.
  • Support and advocate for recruitment and retention of Latinx employees.
  • Further awareness and increase visibility of Latinx issues within King County
  • Collaborate with other affinity groups

Goal 3: Advance equity and social justice across King County

  • Increase the visibility of Latinx issues
  • Support and advocate for King County social justice efforts engaging and impacting the Latinx community
  • Enhance recognition and reputation of King County in Latinx communities

Co-Chair: Antonio Herrera Garza Communications Specialist III, Community & Human Services (DCHS)

Co-Chair: Luis Enrique Herrera Perales Disease Research & Intervention Specialist, Health Services (Public Health — Seattle & King County)

Communications & Social Media Chair: CURRENTLY OPEN title to be confirmed

Membership Chair: Diego Galvan (Interim)Project/Program Manager I, Community & Human Services (DCHS)

Employee Retention and Advancement Chair: Rocio Martinez Lopez Special Projects Assistant, Regional Animal Services of King County (RASKC)

External Community Engagement Chair: Maria Jimenez-Zepeda ORCA Reduced Fare Project Program Manager II, King County Metro Transit

Events Co-Chair: Margarita Aguado Administrative Specialist II, Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP)

Events Co-Chair: Sabrina Torres Administrative Specialist II, Health Services (Public Health — Seattle & King County)

Finance Chair: Diego Galvan Project/Program Manager I, Community & Human Services (DCHS)

Content Manager/Administrator: Melissa Aguilar Regional Affordable Housing Specialist, Community & Human Services (DCHS)

What We're Working On in 2022

Learn about some of the ongoing projects at KCLx. There is always a lot more happening, and we encourage all members to reach out with ideas or help with or lead a project.

Check out our list of events and accomplishments to get an idea of what we do!

  Interested in Joining KCLx?

 Email KCLx Membership

 Check out Upcoming Events

 Learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month at KCLx

 Read our KCLx New Year Letter

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 More info on the proclamation


KCLx Initiatives

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Cafecito Connections

Cafecitos are a relaxed and fun social space we create and share to be in community with each other! Expect making connections with other Latinx folks in King County in a smaller group setting making lots of plática!

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Professional Development

Promotores Ignite Presentations:

Promotores is part of our Monthly Meetings to promote employee advancement This is a 5-minute presentation series that highlights a members' role a person in King County. Learn about what they are doing, how they got there, the skills and tools needed, plus other opportunities to network and connect with this line of work.

KCLx HR and DEI collaboration:

KCLx joins other affinity groups and professional development leaders in ongoing workshops to create actions plans that advance equity in employee experience for BIPOC people at King County. We are addressing issues in hiring and retention.

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Community Partnerships

Environmental Health Services Division and University of Washington Bothell:

KCLx co-hosted one of the “CoffeeConversations” series featuring our distinguished guest, Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Steven González!

Sea Mar Museum: (Info coming soon) 

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Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month

National Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month is observed September 15 to October 15 in the United States, Canada, and Latin America.

This month is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the long, important presence and contributions of Hispanic and Latino and Latina (Latinx) Americans. More than 62 million people of Latinx ancestry live in the United States, with almost 220,000 calling King County home. Learn more about how KCLx celebrates Heritage Month below.

Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month Events 2022