The state of Washington is a place where all individuals are respected for their unique qualities.

Educational, economic and other opportunities are open to all people of the state. All persons are encouraged to reach their full potential and in so doing contribute to our community.

The state's cultural environment is built on the values of fairness, mutual respect, understanding and cooperation. The richness of our state's diverse cultures is valued by all citizens and promoted by the state.

Creative innovations result from cooperative efforts of the diverse people of the state of Washington in building communities, solving shared problems and thriving in the global marketplace.

Washington State - is known for its wealth of human communities as much as for the beauty of its natural resources and wildlife.

WHEREAS, the state of Washington that values and promotes diversify must create a cultural environment where all people are valued and respected as individuals; and

WHEREAS, people of diverse perspectives arising from a multitude of differences as well as some commonalties must be involved in defining and creating this desired environment; and

WHEREAS, our state's population is comprised of indigenous people and recent immigrants, women and men, children and elders, people with disabilities and diverse family structures, beliefs and experiences; and

WHEREAS, our state can best meet the challenges facing us by tapping into the broad perspectives of its diverse citizenry; and

WHEREAS, the state of Washington can influence the creation of this environment in the communities of the state through 'the full participation of all citizens; and

WHEREAS, Washington State must create an environment that affirms and validates the unique qualities of each individual, encouraging the development of each person's full potential in making contributions to state service and state communities; and

WHEREAS, our state's success in providing quality services to our citizens is directly related to the quality and composition of our workforce compelling Washington State as an employer to create the highest quality work environment attracting highly qualified, talented people as a first choice career; and

WHEREAS, education is an important factor in gaining economic access, developing a strong social fabric and promoting understanding and respect for diversity; and

WHEREAS, Washington State government must bring people together to work effectively, efficiently and cooperatively in service to the citizens of the state; and,

WHEREAS, historically minority and women-owned businesses have been significantly underrepresented resented and have been denied equitable competitive opportunities in contracting; and

WHEREAS, state government has traditionally adopted employment policies and procedures to encourage employment practices intended to provide leadership for the private sector and local governments; and

WHEREAS, certain groups, including some which are not otherwise protected under existing state and federal law, may experience discrimination in hiring, promotion, recruitment, and tenure associated with their employment with the state; and

WHEREAS, because of the increasing diversity in the state's work force, it is important that agencies and higher education institutions create an organizational culture that respects and values individual and group differences and encourages the productive potential of every employee.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mike Lowry, Governor of the State of Washington, by virtue of the power vested in me, do hereby:

Direct all executive agencies and institutions of higher education to initiate actions to integrate the principles of diversity into all facets of workplace community and in the delivery of services to the people of Washington.

Reaffirm my commitment to the elimination of all barriers to employment which artificially restrict hiring, promotion, recruitment, and tenure on the basis of any physical, cultural, religious, language, or other status which is not directly related to the performance of a job.

Direct that all executive agencies and institutions of higher education to use equitable employment measures and corrective actions to employ, in all job categories, protected group members in accordance with applicable state and federal law.

Direct that full access to employment by persons with disabilities to be provided and that reasonable accommodation to be made to ensure the inclusion of people with disabilities in the work force.

Direct that state executive agencies and institutions of higher education shall not discriminate in employment on the basis of an individual's sexual orientation.

Direct all state executive agencies and institutions of higher education to take reasonable and appropriate steps to value, encourage and seek out the participation in the state work force of persons with multiple language skills where it would better serve our pluralistic society.

Accordingly, in order to implement the aforesaid policies, I direct all state executive agencies and institutions of higher education to:

The Governor's Affirmative Action Policy Committee established under Executive Order 91-06 is hereby reestablished as follows. The membership shall not exceed fifteen and shall consist of representatives from state agencies and higher education institutions involved in affirmative action issues. The committee shall include representation from, protected groups, the Department of Personnel and employee organizations. Membership on the committee shall also include geographic representation from Eastern and Western Washington. The Governor shall appoint the chair. Members from the general public shall be reimbursed for travel expenses for attendance at meetings of the committee.

The Governor's Affirmative Action Policy Committee which has jurisdiction in the area of employment for the development, approval and oversight of affirmative action plans shall:

The Department of Personnel shall:

The Higher Education Coordinating Board shall:

The Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises shall:

The Human Rights Commission shall:

The Office of the Governor shall:

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto
set my hand and caused the seal of the State
of Washington to be affixed at Olympia
this 27th day of September A.D., Nineteen hundred and ninety-three.




Governor of Washington

Secretary of State