Sellen Statement of Solidarity

As a company, Sellen is engaged and invested in doing what we can to ensure a more just future for everyone. In May 2020, we shared Sellen’s Statement of Solidarity – a commitment signed by Sellen’s executive team recognizing injustice and inequities in our country today and outlining the actions we would take to do our part in building a better tomorrow. We are proud of the progress we have made over the last two years in pursuit of these ideals, and we recognize that significant work remains.

It felt appropriate to update our statement to reflect the work that has been done and where we intend to go from here:

We see the injustice of racism across our country and close to home. We stand with Black families and communities of color in ending the institutional and systemic racism that stands in the way of opportunity, access, and justice.

As a leader in our industry and in our community, Sellen is committed to doing our part. Our purpose – to improve the lives of those around us as builders, partners, and neighbors – and our values call us to build a stronger, more just, and more equitable future.

We commit to engaging stakeholders both within and outside of Sellen to advance our understanding of racism, oppression, and bias as a barrier to effective diversity. We commit to incorporating more equitable practices into our daily work and to lead with accountability and compassion. We commit to using our influence and voice to open doors and remove barriers that have kept Black and brown people from opportunity and access.

It matters that we speak up, and it also matters that we learn and act. We do this in several ways.

  • Sellen’s DEI Council actively listens, learns, and makes improvements to organizational processes using a DEI lens.
  • Sellen’s DEI strategy includes four pillars: Leadership & Talent; Culture; Economic Inclusion; and Industry. These pillars create clear opportunities and areas of focus for building a more inclusive and diverse future.
  • We are individually learning to lead with inclusivity and to challenge processes and practices that do not produce and support diverse teams of people, and to seek out diverse voices in our feedback and leadership practices.
  • We spend Martin Luther King Day joining others in our communities to participate 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

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