Our Commitment to Inclusion and Equality
The recent civic eruption around systemic racism has emphatically brought to light a challenge we face as a nation. It highlights the need for our society to acknowledge and address our faults and inadequacies, and our collective responsibility to take action toward creating a world in which diversity, equity and inclusion is matter-of-course.
At the Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) we support actions that propel equality and help to quell injustice in all instances and situations, because it is the right thing to do, whether it is identified as “Black Lives Matter” or any other legitimate social justice movement. As a leader in the convention center industry, we strive to create event environments in which all individuals and groups feel welcome, safe, respected, supported, and valued, and we are honored to facilitate richer connections and broader perspectives.
WSCC is steadfast in holding itself accountable to create a diverse and inclusive workforce but realize there is room for improvement. Our board of directors represents our broader community and sets policy to create a diverse workforce. We set measurable goals for minority- and women-owned business participation in our procurement and contracts, and we equitably distribute economic benefits. As we grow our staff to service two convention center buildings, our practices can improve for recruitment, training, promotion, and outreach at all levels of the organization.
The Addition Project for the Summit building (link) describes our fully voluntary commitment to diversity and inclusion, not mandated by any jurisdiction. For the Addition project, the WSCC Board of Directors has set a goal of $80 million in participation by WMBE firms. Like the City of Seattle, WSCC defines WMBE as state-certified or self-identified firms that are at least 51 percent WMBE owned, which includes Black-, Asian American-, Hispanic-, Native American- and White female-owned firms.
As we greet each morning and continue to navigate a pandemic, an economic crisis, and long-running social and political issues in need of resolution, we can do more–and together we will.
We look forward to welcoming you when we can safely reopen the building.
Jeffrey Blosser Frank Finneran
WSCC President/CEO WSCC Chairman of the Board
We invite you to these resources to support our local community or learn more about the ways our state, county, city and Visit Seattle leadership are working to support human rights, human dignity, diversity and inclusion:
City of Seattle https://www.seattle.gov/rsji
Washington State https://www.atg.wa.gov/#