When RSJI began ten years ago, no U.S. city had ever undertaken an effort that focused explicitly on institutional racism. Since that time, Minneapolis, Madison WI, Portland OR and our own King County, among others, have all established their own equity initiatives.

Across the United States, local governments are acknowledging that race matters. The current impacts of institutional and structural racism combine to restrict opportunities for people of color, including immigrant and refugee communities.

In 2014, the Race and Social Justice Initiative completed a three-year plan that broadened the scope of the Initiative beyond Seattle City government.

In 2015, RSJI embarks on a new chapter in our work to advance the movement for racial equity.