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Anti-racism, equity, social justice and inclusion support a key organizational value at Seattle Center to steward a safe and welcoming place for all. As a public-facing department of the City of Seattle, the Center plays an important role in the City’s efforts to expand its Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI).

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Our public programming brings together a broad spectrum of our community in ways that increase awareness and celebrate diversity. Programs such as Seattle Center Festál showcase our region’s diverse ethnic cultures as a means of building greater understanding. Other programming serves families with free and affordable art, culture, entertainment and hands-on learnings.
Seattle Center also maintains a strong and enthusiastic RSJI effort for its staff. The RSJI Change Team is leading a 10-month, department-wide program exploring the dominant work culture and introducing new cultural concepts to counteract dominant characteristics and cultural patterns.
The Seattle Center Racial Equity Cohort addresses institutional racism and public inclusion among organizations that reside on the grounds. These arts, cultural and educational institutions collectively consider how embedded biases in our social systems create barriers to participation, and they take on the issue through extensive outreach and engagement to better serve communities throughout our city.
Seattle Center also supports the use of woman-owned and minority-owned (WMBEs) businesses. A WMBE Team raises the visibility of the effort within the department, tracks purchasing and consultant contracting by ethnicity and shares WMBE utilization successes and best practices among department work groups.
These are just some of the ways Seattle Center seeks to create a community in which all voices are welcome, cultural expression is highly valued and diverse perspectives help Seattle Center live into its purpose to create exceptional events, experiences and environments that delight and inspire the human spirit and building strong communities.

The RSJI Change Team is leading a 10-month, department-wide program exploring the dominant work culture and introducing new cultural concepts to counteract dominant characteristics and cultural patterns. The goal is to raise awareness within the department of new cultural perspectives and ways of interacting to create greater inclusion and equity that result in a more productive workplace.
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