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MAT Co-Chair
Margaret Boddie

MAT Co-Chair 
Jose Uriarte



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We gather in our diversity to challenge ourselves and our communities to love one another.

We gather together in our diversity to listen to and speak our respective truths.

We have everyone’s uniqueness, talent and gifts engaging people so they feel free to speak openly about issues and concerns.

We gather our diversity to celebrate our varied histories, cultures, and triumphs.


“Diversity and inclusivity in an organization cannot be accomplished in an unstructured and informal manner. Creating the enterprise necessitates a responsive, comprehensive, and effective methodology developed specifically for creating process innovation and lasting organizational transformation. The goal is not to engage in a series of unrelated activities and or quick fixes. Rather the goal is to create a process, which would transform the organizational structure and become a part of day-to-day operations.”

(Catholic Charities USA)   

CCS/CHS Employee Pledge

CCS is committed to making our services, our agencies and our communities free of the divisive and dehumanizing ravages of racism. To live out this commitment every employee is expected to pledge the following:
I will not tolerate attitudes, behaviors, or statements that alienate, offend or injure any person associated with CCS because of their racial or ethnic origin;

I will enable and support all efforts to become aware of and eliminate racism and racist behaviors within CCS and the broader community;

I will take exceptional steps to identify and root out such biases, especially where there appear to be long-standing, institutional patterns of unacceptable behavior or lack of performance. 

CCS is committed to employing staff that reflect the diversity of the regional population. Professional Ethics, Mission orientation and Cultural Competency trainings are required of all employees to assist the organization in meeting its commitments in this arena.


MAT Leadership Team Members

MAT Team MAT Team
Shanika Parker, Jose Uriarte, Albert Green and Quilla Copeland Margaret Boddie, Josephine Tamayo Murray, David Beke, Courtney Smith
and Ellen Hegenauer


Past Events and Activities

img_Black-History-Month-2015---LogoCCS/CHS' MAT held its annual Black History Month event on Friday, February 27 at the Randolph Carter Family and Learning Center in Seattle. Over 60 staff and special guests attended and afterward shared a Cajun-themed lunch generously provided by CCS-King County. Special guests were King County Councilmember Larry Gossett and spoken word artist and storyteller Sharon Nyree Williams.




King County Councilmember Larry Gossett (front) with CCSWW President Michael Reichert (left), MAT Co-Chair and LTC African American Elders Program Manager Margaret Boddie (center), and CCSWW Corporate General Counsel Connie Proctor (right).








“We cannot allow people to say everything is all right, race doesn’t matter. We need to take this [race] into consideration because, unfortunately, across our nation, it does matter.”

—Larry Gosset, King County Councilmember (pictured at right with Gloria Burton, CCS Housing Developer)







"The riveting sounds of hope, faith, love and admiration of life.The openness of sharing pains and struggles . . . The understanding of the sacrifices of others . . . a village lifting you in the past, present and future."

—Excepts from Sharon Nyree Williams' poem, 
"It Started with Church" (Danielle Winslow, CCS-King County Operations Manager on left with Sharon Nyree Williams)






Join us for a literary exploration of how culture and race shape our communities and the world. We're adding two new recommended books for April:The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan and Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Goodreads describes The Valley of Amazement: "Moving between the dazzling world of courtesans in turn of the century Shanghai, a remote Chinese mountain village, and the rough-hewn streets of nineteenth-century San Francisco, Amy Tan's sweeping new novel maps the lives of three generations of women connected by blood and history-and the mystery of an evocative painting known as 'The Valley of Amazement.'" Read an interview with the author and an excerpt from her book at NPR's Code Switch.

To save myself, I destroyed another, and in doing so, I destroyed myself. (Amy Tan from her novel, The Valley of Amazement)

Americanah, NPR says, is the story of Ifemelu and Obinze who "fall in love as students in Nigeria, when the country is under military rule and those with the means to leave the country do. Ifemelu goes to America to study and prospers there. But Obinze can't get into to America and winds up living in London under assumed names. When they're reunited in their homeland 15 years later, they face the toughest decisions of their lives." Read an excerpt from the book.

If you don't understand, ask questions. If you're uncomfortable about asking questions, say you are uncomfortable about asking questions and then ask anyway. It's easy to tell when a question is coming from a good place. Then listen some more. Sometimes people just want to feel heard. Here's to possibilities of friendship and connection and understanding. (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie from his book, Americanah)

If you would like to host a CCS/CHS Reads lunch and book discussion in your area, please contact Margaret Boddie.

Here are some other highly recommended books that explore diversity. Books with stories about the Native American experience are highlighted.

African American, African
  • A Little Yellow Dog by Walter Mosley
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
  • Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison 
  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
  • Native Son by Richard Wright 
  • Proud Shoes: The Story of an American Family by Pauli Murray
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Asian American, Asian
  • (The) Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan 
  • Evidence Not Seen: A Woman's Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of WWII by Darlene Deibler Rose
  • (The) Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  • Honolulu by Alan Brennert
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
  • Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
  • Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
  • (The) Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan
  • When the Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe
  • Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
  • No Language but a Cry by Dr. Richard Anthony D'Ambrosio
  • Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
European American, European
  • Children in the Holocaust and World War II by Lauren Holliday
  • Evidence Not Seen: A Woman's Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of WWII by Darlene Deibler Rose
  • (The) History of White People by Nell Irvin Painter
  • How the Irish Became White by Noel Ignatiev
  • Mary Coin by Marisa Silver
  • (The) Nazis Next Door:How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler's Men by Eric Lichtblau
  • Savage Continent by Keith Lowe
Filipino American
  • Dream Jungle by Jessica Hagedorm
  • When the Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe
  • 7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas
Jewish American, Jewish
  • Children in the Holocaust and World War II by Lauren Holliday
  • I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovits
  • Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith by Gina B. Nahai
  • (The) Nazis Next Door:How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler's Men by Eric Lichtblau
  • Savage Continent by Keith Lowe
Hispanic/Latino/Latina American
  • Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolpho Anaya
  • Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States by Seth Holmes
Middle Eastern American, Middle Eastern
  • Moonlight on the Avenue of Faith by Gina B. Nahai
Native American/American Indian, Alaska Native American, First Nation
  • (The) Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Buffy Sainte-Marie
  • Daughters Are Forever by Lee Maracle 
  • Daughters of the Earth by Carolyn Niethammer
  • Extraordinary Acts of Native Life on the West Coast by Kathryn Bridge
  • Mary Coin by Marisa Silver
  • (The) Toughest Indian in the World by Sherman Alexie
  • Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit by Leslie Marmon Silko

Pacific Islander, Hawaiian American

  • Honolulu by Alan Brennert
  • Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
Southeast Asian American
  • (The) Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee
  • (The) Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri



Community Partners

 El Centro de la Raza
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El Centro de la Raza website.

Minority Executive Directors Coalition

Click here to visit the
Minority Executive Directors Coalition website.

United Indians of All Tribes

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 to visit the
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation website

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 to visit the
First Place website
Black Dollar Days 



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