Sellen Statement of Solidarity
Our Black community is living in pain, grief, and anger at the killing of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and so many before them. We see the police brutality and injustice of racism across the country, and close to home. We stand with Black families and with protestors who call for change—Black lives matter.
We do not want to return to normal – the normal of institutional and systemic racism that locked out black and brown people from opportunity and access. Instead, we want to move forward toward equity and justice. Forward to compassion and accountability for dismantling racism in our society, at work, and in our lives.
This work will improve the lives of those around us. This work will make us more human, and recognize people of color as peers.
It matters that we speak up. It also matters that we learn and take action.
- We will deepen the work we have begun with our partners, Moving Beyond, so that we can accelerate our learning and create greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging at Sellen.
- We will increase our financial and educational partnership with ANEW, connecting women and people of color with construction careers through mentorship and training.
- We will expand our diverse subcontractor and supplier outreach and create more opportunities on our projects for those companies.
- We will double our funding of minority student scholarships in construction management at Central Washington University, Washington State University, and the University of Washington.
- The Sellen Community Foundation is pledging $50,000 towards non-profits with a mission to serve racial justice, and has pledged $100,000 annually through 2023 to the Seattle Children’s Odessa Brown Clinic providing health services to black, indigenous, and people of color in our community.
- We will close the company on Martin Luther King Day to join others in the United Way of King County Day of Service.
“Racism in America is like dust in the air. It seems invisible — even if you’re choking on it — until you let the sun in.” — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
We have far to go, and we will go together.
The Sellen Executive Team