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Inclusion Network

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Overview
The purpose of the City of Kirkland's Inclusion Network is to create opportunities to help Kirkland be a more safe, inclusive, and welcoming place for all people.  It is an open, informal group of representatives from non-profit and faith-based organizations, civic and community-based organizations, service provider agencies, and other governmental agencies.   

Meetings
The Inclusion Network meets regularly to share information and build civic connections between the participant organizations and the City.  The group meets every other month, generally at City Hall (see sidebar for meeting dates/times). Inclusion Network meetings generally consist of three parts: 

  • Inclusion Network member check-ins on upcoming events or programs and current issues in the community;
  • Report from the City on civic conversations, upcoming opportunities, and other timely topics; and 
  • Presentation from an Inclusion Network member or outside organization on a topic of interest to the group. 

Participation
All community members are welcome to attend Inclusion Network meetings.  Attendance at Inclusion Network meetings is encouraged but not required for participation in the Inclusion Network, and no other commitment is required to be involved.  

The City also sends occasional emails to Inclusion Network members for opportunities for further civic engagement with the City.


Past Projects

City Hall for All
The Inclusion Network featured prominently at the first City Hall for All event in July 2017. Inclusion Network members representing specific organizations provided information about their organizations’ mission and how to get involved. About 180 community members attended the event. The 2018 City Hall for All event occurred on October 6, 2018. 

KirklandTalks
In response to the community’s desire to have a series of conversations about the challenges and opportunities related to creating a safe, inclusive and welcoming community, the City contracted with Eastside Immigrant and Refugee Coalition to create a self-contained dialogue kit that:

  • supports inclusive participation in diverse groups
  • can be used with a variety of question sets and topics
  • is relatively simple to facilitate
Find out more and download the dialogue kit by visiting the KirklandTalks web page.

City Manager's Office
123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033

General Inquiries
T. 425.587.3001 | F. 425.587.3019