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Welcome to the City of Edmonds Diversity Commission whose purpose is to promote an environment that accepts, celebrates, and appreciates diversity within the community.   The nine-member volunteer advisory Commission is intended to:


  • Serve as a resource for City government and the community by providing information, education, and communication that facilitates a better understanding and celebrates our differences.

  • Provide recommendations to the Mayor and City Council that would identify opportunities to address diversity issues, promote diversity programs, and/or provide guidance to create a more accessible, safe, welcoming and inclusive government and community.

  • Assist the City of Edmonds in supporting and challenging all areas of government and the community to eliminate and prevent all forms of discrimination.

Commissioners are appointed for three-year terms.


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NEW - Diversity Film Series 2021


You can find details and trailers on each film here


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Sno-Isle Libraries has put together a wonderful book list on Black Folks Mental Health: Our Stories Being Told. This list coincides our February screening of "Outside the House" by Darnell Lamont Walker.


Check it out: Black Folks Mental Health: Our stories being told | Sno-Isle Libraries | BiblioCommons


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Check out these local stories from local community members and their challenges through COVID19. This labor of love came from the project team who put in many hours, and included in addition Program Coordinator and Producer Michelle Burke; Editors Isaiah Reitan, Kristina Rothe and Gaby Molina, Producer and Program Manager Karen Barnes, and Co-Star and Producer Chase Keffeler. You can view them on the Edmonds Historical Museum website:



Downloadable Resources for coping with Trauma: 

 Resiliency Toolkit PDF

Simple Ways to Say "No" 

Simple Ways to Set Boundaries



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Diversity Commission Grant Program. Stay tuned for more information on the next round of grant applications.  


SHARE YOUR STORY - The Edmonds Diversity Commission is actively connecting with our community through our "I am Edmonds" Facebook page to share stories, films, articles and more that celebrate our diversity in Edmonds and globally. Join us and share your story here: I am Edmonds


Join us on our facebook page "I am Edmonds" to share your stories and inspiration with us. 


Upcoming Regional Events Intended to Embrace Diversity and Encourage Inclusiveness are listed below. For arts & cultural events located in Edmonds please go to our events calendar  


Social Justice Book Group meets at the Edmonds Library, 650 Main St., Edmonds on most 4th Thursday of the month. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the Conference Room. 


Sno-Isle Regional Library, click here for information on events held throughout the Snohomish and Island County libraries. 

Community and Regional Resources

Resources  to the Greater Puget Sound community and regional organizations that provide information and contacts on cultural and ethnic diversity, physical and developmental disabilities, civil and human rights information, LGBTQ, age related questions, and directory for public institutions. 


City of Edmonds Diversity Commission - Racial Equity Toolkit

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Calendar of Observances
The Diversity Commission promotes awareness of, and respect for, the full array of holidays, observances and festivals that are of cultural, ethnic and/or religious importance to residents in and around Edmonds. Click on this link to view a full Calendar of Observancesfor 2021. 

Diversity Commission Info

Meeting schedule:
Regular Commission meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Until COVID-19-related restrictions are eased, meetings are held virtually via Zoom.

Next virtual special retreat meeting is Wednesday, March 3, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Zoom Link

Location (when physical meetings are held):
Brackett Conference Room
Third Floor
Edmonds City Hall
121 5th Avenue North
Edmonds, WA  98020 


Tina (Arwen) Marohn, Diversity Commission Coordinator
Community Services

Patrick Doherty, Director
Economic Development & Community Services

Ardeth Weed, Chair 
Dean Olson (Vice-Chair)
Nikki Okimoto Glaros
Donnie Griffin
Sekou Koné
Alberto Orejel Malfavon
Sarah Mixson
Alison Alfonzo Pence
Melinda Woods 
Caitlin Chung, Student Rep.

 Ex Officio Commissioner: 

Luke Distelhorst, City Councilmember