Racial Equity and Inclusion

Welcome 2023!  

January 16, 2023 is Martin Luther King JR Day.  While MLK is a relatively new holiday, it's traditions are rooted in the idea of promoting equal rights for everyone.  MLK Day is often considered a day of service and many people volunteer their time in community.  To learn more about the history of MLK:  MLK Day 2023 

 Another resource for information about MLK Day of Service MLK Day of Service

To engage in local volunteer opportunities:  

  • The City of Olympia and partners are hosting a volunteer service project at Squaxin Park, 2600 East Bay Drive NE Olympia.  Volunteers will restore habitat and improve trail surfaces.  For details:  Day of Service at Squaxin Park
  • The Stream Team of Thurston County and City of Lacey are hosting a MLK Day of Service volunteer opportunity at Woodland Creek Community Park.  Volunteers can pre-resgister at Stream Team Calendar of Events and Registration

For more local MLK celebrations and events:  2023 MLK Events                                                                      

To watch Martin Luther King Jr's famous speech:  I have a Dream

January 22, 2023 is the Lunar New Year.  To learn more:  Lunar New Year 2023 

Local celebrations:  Olympia_Chinese_Association

About the Thurston County Council on Racial Equity and Inclusion 

On December 14, 2021, the Board of Commissioners (BoCC) approved Resolution No. 16097, establishing the Thurston County Council on Racial Equity and Inclusion. This resolution supports Resolution No.15995 which declared Racism a Crisis in Thurston County and the Board of Health (BoH) Proclamation of Racism as a Health Crisis in Thurston County, both adopted on March 9, 2021.  

The Thurston County Council on Racial Equity and Inclusion will initially be comprised of seven Thurston County residents who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC). It is important the council is inclusive of the broad Thurston County geographical area, to include the cities of Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, Rainier, Rochester, Tenino, Yelm, the town of Bucoda, and unincorporated Thurston County.    

The purpose of the council is to advise and engage the BoCC, BoH, and elected and appointed officials on matters of racial equity and inclusion within all county services and the policies, processes, and practices used to accomplish the mission of Thurston County government.

The Council’s responsibilities include, and are not limited to:
  • Input on racial equity strategies based on the results of the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) Staff Survey Summer 2022.  
  • Recommendations for strategies to increase access for BIPOC residents and to reduce barriers to county services and resources.  
  • Identifying opportunities to increase the participation of underrepresented BIPOC community members in the development and implementation of county government ordinances, regulations, policies, and programs.
  • Providing input to BoCC, BoH, and elected and appointed officials, county employees and volunteers to develop and implement a county Racial Equity Action Plan, including future updates and modifications, and other efforts aimed at creating a more equitable community.
  • Providing input to the BoCC, BoH, and elected and appointed officials to conduct a regular reoccurring community assessment to understand the current state of diversity, equity, and inclusion as experienced by county residents.




Meetings - Special Meeting Notice for January 13, 2023 at 5:30pm.  

​August 26, 2022

​September 14, 2022

October 21, 2022

November 17, 2022

January 13, 2023 




Council Meetings are subject to the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA) 

Thurston County Council on Racial Equity and Inclusion

Currently Accepting Applications!    We have a vacancy on the council and are looking for residents of unincorporated, or south Thurston County who have a passion for engaging in diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging work.  Please complete the application if you are interested.  Please contact Nicole Miller, MA, CDE with any questions (contact information below).  REI Boards and Commissions Application Fillable.pdf

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From left to right:  

Marlon Wakefield, Jason Clark, Juliet Lawson-Hall, Evelyn Clark, Keoki Kauanoe, Tabissa Gainey, Dr. Auzimuth Jackson

Staff Contact Information 

Nicole Miller, MA, CDE ~ Racial Equity Program Manager


Office:  360-754-3362

Cell:  360-463-7123

Please feel free to contact me with questions about racial equity work happening in Thurston County.  I look forward to hearing from you and sharing more about what we are doing!