Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging Committee

On August 23, the Pullman  City Council approved the adoption of the Diversity Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Committee as outlined in Ordinance NO. 22-20.


The City of Pullman will use its resources and collaborate with community partners to understand and work to eliminate social inequities to provide everyone an opportunity to participate in the civic, economic, and cultural life of the city and to deliver a greater sense of belonging, quality of life and a sustainable local economy.


The City of Pullman is committed to establishing and supporting the highest standards of practice to provide equitable services; advance cross-cultural learning and strengthen a shared sense of belonging.

DEIB Committee Goals

Provide diversity, equity, and inclusion training for City staff and elected/appointed officials.

Coordinate a series of events and workshops designed to promote the community’s level of engagement around social inequity to encourage dialogue between community members and elected officials.

Collaborate with Washington State Office of Equity & Diversity and community entities, including but not limited to the Chancellor's Office for the Washington State University Pullman campus, Pullman School District, etc., to develop solutions to address social inequities.

Provide to the City Council regular and consistent recommendations of ways the City can partner with the community to become more inclusive and responsive regarding social inequities.

Enhance the well-being of all those that live, work, and visit Pullman in their interactions by fostering belonging and intentionally facilitating greater empathy, trust, mutual understanding, and cooperation.

AuthorityPullman City Code 1.57
MembershipSeven (7) members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Committee shall select a chairperson and a secretary from among its members. 
TermCommittee members shall be appointed to fill terms as follows:

  • Two (2) for one (1) year
  • Two (2) for two (2) years
  • One (1) for three (3) years
Thereafter, all appointments shall be for a term of four (4) years.
MeetingsThe Committee shall hold one meeting each month on the third Thursday at 4:00 p.m.  All meetings of the committee shall be open to the public. 
ResponsibilitiesIt shall be the duty of the Committee to seek private donations and grants to fund special events, outreach, and/or other activities associated with the Committee's mission, vision, or goals. The Committee shall propose recommendations, policies, etc., to the City Council for review and adoption on a mutually determined as-needed basis.
Reporting RequirementsMinutes from each meeting shall (without limitation) contain its recommendations to the City Council. A copy of these minutes shall be forwarded to the City Administrator for delivery to the City Council.
Committee Chair
SecretaryEfren Ramos
MembersTerry Buffington
Juan Garcia
Roberta Kramer
Julian Matthews

Ordinance NO. 22-20
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