Community invited to May 22 event to help form vision for county-wide racial equity commission

Virtual event offers education, success stories, opportunities for feedback

May 13, 2021 - by Janice Keller, Communications Director

Bellingham and Whatcom County residents are invited to a virtual Community Visioning Summit, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 22, as the Chuckanut Health Foundation engages with the community to develop a proposal for a county-wide racial equity commission.

This interactive event will feature guest presenters with expertise in using diverse approaches to address racial inequalities as well as offer opportunities for attendees to ask questions and provide feedback.

For more information and to sign up to receive a link to this virtual event, visit the Chuckanut Health Foundation website.

The Community Visioning Summit will feature presentations from experts whose work has led to successful steps toward addressing racial inequities in their communities, including:

  • United Way of Greenville County/Racial Equity and Economic Mobility Commission (Greenville County, South Carolina)
  • Groundwork Leadership Institute (Salem, Oregon)
  • King County Office of Equity and Social Justice (Seattle, Washington)

The summit will be highly interactive, with many opportunities to connect with other participants and provide feedback on the development of a county-wide racial equity commission.

The Chuckanut Health Foundation is partnering with the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County to support a community-led vision for the eventual commission. To get involved and find more information on the development process, visit the Chuckanut Health Foundation website to register for the summit, apply to join the stakeholder group, or sign up for the mailing list.

Media Contact

Heather Flaherty, Executive Director
Chuckanut Health Foundation or (360) 224-7313

Janice Keller, Communications Director
City of Bellingham or (360) 778-8100

Jed Holmes, PIO & Community Outreach Facilitator
Whatcom County or (360) 778-5209

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