Pierce County has released the first of several planned annual reports on its diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts in county government, including progress made so far and work yet to be done.
Goals include having 34.4 percent minority employees and 50 percent female employees. Currently, the numbers are 21.3 percent and 48 percent, respectively, according to the report.
“Of course, DEI is about much more than just numbers and data,” county executive Bruce Dammeier noted in an introduction to the report. “It’s about creating a workplace where everyone can use their distinct voice, achieve their career goals, and have an opportunity to fully be themselves. In this way, we ensure we not only create a positive fulfilling place to work, but we also provide the best services for the residents of Pierce County.”
County employees are championing the county’s DEI initiative, and the report includes messages from a number of them in addition to work they’re doing to advance DEI in the community.
So far, the county has created a DEI video series that has been viewed more than 9,000 times, hosted career fairs in underserved parts of the county, created five DEI workgroups, worked to build government-to-government relationships between the county and local tribes, implemented DEI training for all employees and implicit bias training for hiring managers, and performed a DEI survey of staff that resulted in 978 responses, the report said.
Looking ahead, the county plans to create a manager’s DEI toolkit; measure and report on recruitment efforts; develop a DEI retention plan; and launch a three-year, comprehensive countywide DEI training plan, according to the report.
“Change doesn’t happen overnight, but I’m confident we are making good progress,” Dammeier said. “We remain committed to being transparent and accountable in our government operations, and that includes our work with DEI.”
The City of Tacoma also has a site on its equity and inclusion efforts.