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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


Events and Activities

On May 20, 2016, CCS/CHS' MAT hosted Bob Santos, Seattle Civil Rights Activist, for a discussion of his book Gang of Four. Below are some photos from the event.





In celebration of Black History Month, February 2016, MAT recommends the following:

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Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi CoatesIn a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden? Listen to an interview with the author on NPR.

Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward. Coates shares with his son, and readers, the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through  a series of revelatory experiences.

A searing meditation on what it means to be Black in America today.

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
  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 
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
  • The Valley of Amaxement by Amy Tan
  • 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
Click here to to visit the
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

Click here
 to visit the
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation website

Click here
 to visit the
First Place website
Black Dollar Days 



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