Minority and Justice Commission
Workforce Diversity Sub-committee
Conference Call Minutes
November 3, 1998
The Work Force Diversity telephone conference call began at 4:10 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3, 1998. Those who participated were: Judge Deborah D. Fleck, Judge Karen B. Conoley, Ms. Kazzie Katayama, Ms. Madelyn Botta, David J. Della, Tony Orange, Ms. Mary I. Yu, and Ms. Donna V. McConnell-Adams.
Judge Fleck recapped the October 16, 1998, Workforce Diversity Sub-committee meeting that was held in Seattle. The topic for the conference call was the direction of future Workforce Diversity Sub-committee educational programming options.
Educational Program Models
Conference Ideas Discussion
Educational Program Models
The sub-committee discussed possible models for educational programs. The consensus was to continue the program design of "How to be a Good Employer: Tackling the Tough Issues," used by Ms. Mary I. Yu, Ms. Karen Pool Norby, and Ms. Sheryl Willert as presented at the Superior Court Judges' Spring Conference in April 1998. The sub-committee discussed having a judicial officer participate as a speaker at the next educational program.
The sub-committee discussed a stand-alone program versus a program connected to an existing conference. The stand-alone statewide conference would be sponsored by the Minority and Justice Commission. Conference teams might include Judges, Court Administrators, and Human Resources representatives from every court. The sub-committee discussed having an Eastern Washington and a Western Washington conference.
Work Force Diversity programs could also be offered during annual Association conferences, for example, the District and Municipal Court Judges' Association, the Appellate Court Judges' Association conference, the Court Managers' Conference, and the Juvenile Court Administrators' conference. The sub-committee would seek partnership with these Associations.
Conference Ideas Discussion
Judge Fleck invited additional discussion from sub-committee members. Various ideas were raised, including the following:
A joint Superior Court Administrators and County Clerks' Conference is scheduled for April 1999. The sub-committee might sponsor a program at that conference.
- Including Court Administrators in any educational program planning.
- Presenting "How to be a Good Employer: Tackling the Tough Issues" at every court level before conducting personalized follow-up sessions.
- Offering a work force diversity program at the joint Judicial and Court Administrators' Conference scheduled for the year 2000.
- Having materials for each participant to take with them. Materials could include: checklists, summaries, and other resource material.
The sub-committee discussed possibly offering Work Force Diversity educational programs for the District and Municipal Courts first. It has been reported that limited diversity programs have been offered at that level.
Work force diversity educational programs could include a panel of presenters. The sub-committee discussed characteristics of possible presenters.
1. The ethnicity of presenters might affect the effectiveness of the program.
2. One of the Commission members who also serves in the capacity of Supreme Court Justice could be a presenter or panelist. This would demonstrate to the participants that diversity is not just an issue for people of color, but it is a priority for the Supreme Court.
3. A representative from each Association could participate in the panel presentations.
Having judges from every court level participate would fulfill one program goal. Another goal is to have conference participants view diversity as a court agenda item. This goal could be achieved by having Commission members visible at every program since the Commission is composed of judges from every court level.
The sub-committee discussed the packaging of educational programs and program content. Program content should demonstrate the importance and value of working in a diverse work environment while still discussing the nuts and bolts of creating a diverse work force.
The sub-committee discussed the possibility of using the Workforce Diversity Sub-committee budget of $13,250 that is available through the end of this biennium (June 1999) for educational programming. The budget will cover marketing and program costs which could include manuals, invitations, travel expenses and mailing costs.
The sub-committee raised the idea of using a portion of the budget for advertising. Various types of advertising ideas were discussed.
Some sub-committee members will make preliminary contacts about offering educational programs at upcoming association conferences. Commission member, Judge Monica J. Benton has volunteered to contact an association representative. Ms. Botta will talk with the Chairpersons of the District and Municipal Court Managers' Association. Judge Conoley will talk to the Juvenile Court Association's contact. A letter will follow all personal contacts.
Ms. McConnell-Adams will research upcoming conference dates and names of education chairpersons. She will also fax the course description from "How to be a Good Employer: Tackling the Tough Issues" to the sub-committee.
The sub-committee will determine how to market educational programs after all information is gathered on Court Associations.
The sub-committee will hold another conference call meeting on Wednesday, December 9, 1998, at 4:10 p.m.
Another regular meeting will be at noon on the same day as the Commission meeting. More information will be distributed after arrangements have been made.
The conference call ended at 5:15 p.m.