By identifying and addressing the root causes of inequities, the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (OEDI) will deepen the Port’s current efforts toward equity and further catalyze organization-wide, systemic change.
OEDI is conducting a variety of foundational initiatives. We will lead employee and leadership trainings to improve understanding about equity at the Port, participate in strategic planning to infuse equity in all initiatives and objectives, and collaborate with the Commission office to embed equitable policies Port-wide.
This office will foster a transformational and lasting change to the culture of the Port. Those directly and deeply impacted by systemic and institutional discrimination will find opportunities for economic gain, leadership development, and participation in how the Port operates and impacts our communities.
We need everyone, Port leadership and staff, community partners, and Port of Seattle contractors to work together to improve our practices and generate lasting, transformative change.
The Port of Seattle Equity Statement and Vision
The Port of Seattle commits to taking a lead role in regional and national efforts to achieve equity and social justice. We are identifying and dismantling structural barriers to ensure that historically oppressed communities, particularly communities of color, have access to the resources they need to thrive.
Bias and oppression are embedded in our society, systems, and our organization. By failing to acknowledge inequities, we play a role in perpetuating them. We can and must do better. In order to achieve equitable outcomes for all our communities, we must be accountable for equitable policies that ensure racial, social, and economic justice are achieved in strategies, practices, and projects.
Our Vision is to develop a Port that mirrors — throughout its breadth of operations and services and within its leadership hierarchy — the diversity of our community, instills principles of equity in its culture, and ensures a fair and intentional distribution of opportunities to expand economic development and quality of life for all.