The City of Shoreline values all residents and envisions a community in which people from all backgrounds have equitable access to opportunities to live, work, and play. Shoreline is home to an increasingly ethnically diverse community:
- 30% of Shoreline residents are people of color
- One in five Shoreline residents is foreign born
- One in four speaks a language other than English in the home
- 46% of Shoreline School District students are youth of color
In 2016, the Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator position was created to support the City’s work in becoming an anti-racist multicultural organization. Three areas of focus are:
- Increase the capacity of City staff to promote service equity and inclusion
Provide mandatory staff training on institutionalized racism, working with diverse populations, and evaluating City policies and procedures.
- Increase access to City information and services by diverse communities
Promote outreach and community engagement through use of language specific resources and intentional outreach to diverse populations.
- Increase community-based support for diverse communities
Provide technical assistance and support to community groups and organizations serving diverse populations to promote multicultural and anti-racist efforts.
City Council Support
The 2016-2018 City Council Goals and Workplan includes expanding the City’s focus on equity and inclusion to enhance opportunities for community engagement. On January 23, 2017, the Shoreline City Council unanimously adopted Resolution 401 declaring the City of Shoreline to be an inviting, equitable, and safe community for all. The resolution states, “As leaders in the community, we have a special responsibility not to stay silent in the face of discrimination, harassment or hate against any of our residents, and we choose to be a leader in protecting human rights, equity, public safety and social well-being.”