The City of Everett recently held its Lunch and Learn for the month of August at Everett City Hall. This month’s program was titled: “Strengthening Community Through Language Access.”
City employees were pleased to be joined by Community Engagement Specialist Najee Nunnally and Subregional Programs Manager Sasha Parodi from the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to discuss and learn strategies to enhance language access for all in the City of Everett.
City employees who participated were encouraged to share their experiences and examples of how language access is utilized in their departments when interacting with residents. The guest speakers also talked about different resources that can be utilized to improve language access in City departments that deliver direct service and care to residents.
“This lunch and learn was especially helpful for our staff members whose work includes direct service and care to our residents and visitors,” said Mayor DeMaria. “I’d like to thank Najee and Sasha for taking the time to share this information with our employees.”
Lunch and Learn is a monthly program created and moderated by the City of Everett’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director Cathy Draine. It allows City employees to come together, share ideas and experiences, and discuss new topics while enjoying lunch. The series is a part of the City’s commitment to engage, educate and elevate.