Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) is a public agency governed by a council comprised of elected and appointed officials from jurisdictions and organizations in the Thurston region. The agency – as well as the council – are both often referred to as “TRPC.” To distinguish between the two, this document uses the term “Agency” when referring to the organization, and the term “Council” when referring to the elected and appointed members of TRPC.
The Council is committed to creating an environment that values and respects individual differences. For the purpose of this statement, the Council broadly defines diversity to include differences based on age, income, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious background or preference, and ability. The Council also recognizes that individual perspectives, situations, and abilities such as communication style, parental status, military service, educational background, job classification, life experience, physical capabilities, and other variables influence and enrich every agency project and program. The Council oversees an Agency commitment to cultural competency: the integration and transformation of knowledge about individuals and groups of people into specific standards, policies, practices, and attitudes used in appropriate cultural settings to enhance the quality and equity of services.
The Council formally recognizes the value of diversity as it relates to the work of Council members, Transportation Policy Board, other committees, and staff. The Council believes that considering and valuing diverse perspectives enhances the effectiveness of the Agency by improving communication, problem solving, and decision-making.
The purpose of this statement is to maximize the Council’s ability to respond to the needs of an increasingly diverse region.
This statement is meant to complement, not replace, Agency policies that reflect State and Federal laws regarding wage and hours, civil rights, health and safety, and unemployment/workers compensation, and programmatic guidelines such as those relating to Environmental Justice and the Americans With Disabilities Act.
OBJECTIVES AND ACTIONS
The Council promotes an atmosphere that recognizes and respects diversity both in the agency and in the region. The Agency commits to the following objectives and action items:
Objective: To promote awareness and understanding of diversity and its value to the agency, members, and staff.
Objective: To promote awareness and understanding of diversity and its value to the region.