Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee

Diversity Equity & Inclusion

Reflecting the Communities We Serve

The Diversity Equity & Inclusion Committee was created by Convention Resolution 21-03 to educate our members and to make recommendations to reduce and eliminate barriers to the recruitment and hiring processes which can be used by affiliated locals to develop a workforce that is more diverse and representative of the communities we serve. Committee members are selected by the WSCFF President, serve two year terms, and represent small, medium, and large locals. Contact the committee here.

  • Co-Chair Ricky J. Walsh, IAFF 7th District DVP
  • Co-Chair Alan Rivas, Local 1828 South County
  • Madeline Dailey, Local 1747 Kent
  • Anthony John, Local 2024 South King County
  • Phoenix Ceja, Local 2444 East Clark
  • Patience Taylor, Local 3520 East Pierce
  • Makenna Solberg, Local I-66 Boeing

DEI Video


At the 2021 WSCFF Convention delegates passed Resolution 21-03 to establish a standing DEI Committee. The resolution highlighted that it is essential for unions to be diverse and inclusive; labor must improve recruiting a diverse and inclusive workforce; and we must encourage employers to promote diversity in hiring and eliminate barriers. Resolution 21-03 tasked the committee to educate members, recommend changes, and eliminate barriers by providing tools and education to members and partner with stakeholders.


Eliminating barriers and educating for a diverse, equitable and inclusive Union.


  • Diversity
  • Equity
  • Inclusion
  • Education
  • Collaboration
  • Leadership


The WSCFF DEI Committee will employ strategic planning, communication, and accountability to provide Local Union Affiliates with the tools necessary to attain and foster a diverse workforce by breaking down barriers in recruitment, hiring, and retention throughout the career of a member.

Events & Resources


Anything by authors Ijeoma Oluo, Ibram X Kendi, Jason Reynolds, Kathy Obear, Robin DiAngelo, Richard Rothstein, Michelle Alexander,  Dr. Christopher Emdin, Isabel Wilkerson, Bridges to Heal US: Stories and Strategies for Racial Healing by Erin Jones; How to Have Difficult Conversations About Race: Practical Tools for Necessary Change in the Workplace and Beyond, by Kwame Christian.


  • American Radical
  • South Lake
  • Revisionist History
  • Teaching Hard History
  • Code Switch
  • This American Life
  • Words Matter
  • 1619 Project
  • Nice White People
  • Calling Justice
  • Seeing White
  • Facing Ourselves
  • Speaking of Racism
  • Throughline
  • Black History for White People
  • The Ezra Klein Show.



American Radical, South Lake, Revisionist History, Teaching Hard History, Code Switch, This American Life, Words Matter, 1619 Project, Nice White People, Calling Justice, Seeing White, Facing Ourselves, Speaking of Racism, Throughline, Black History for White People, The Ezra Klein Show