Paving the 'High Road' to Racial Equity

Date: November 17, 2020, at 10:00 am PST/1:00 pm EST

Join us for Paving the ‘High Road’ to Racial Equity, a two-hour virtual workshop on best practices around racial equity in the Seattle’s restaurant industry, along with critical conversations on the recruitment process adopting a Racial Equity Toolkit.

Led by the Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United, in partnership with the Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR), the convening will feature speakers–including Mariko Lockhart, director of SOCR, and Dominique Apollon, research director at Race Forward–restaurant workers, owners, supporters and experts.

This workshop comes after the release of a new report examining the experiences of workers of color throughout Seattle’s restaurant industry. The report, The Great Service Divide: Occupational Segregation, Inequality, and the Promise of a Living Wage in the Seattle Restaurant Industry, indicates that communities of color, who more often work in low-wage, low-visibility positions, are also more vulnerable to the devastating effects COVID-19 pandemic due to systemic racism. 

At the workshop, speakers will discuss in-depth about: 

  • Why is racial equity important in the restaurant industry? 
  • Why are we talking about this now? 
  • Why should restaurant businesses care? 
  • Racial segregation in the Seattle restaurant industry
  • Racial Equity Toolkit

We invite all of those who, with personal experiences and stories to share, seek to build an equitable, integrated and discrimination-free in the Seattle’s restaurant industry.