The City of Seattle is making an effort to reach out to its citizens with its first Race and Social Justice Community Survey. The survey measures how people who live, work, or go to school in Seattle think the City is doing on jobs, housing, and meeting community needs.

It’s a chance to participate in something that the city says will help to address racial and economic disparities.

The information collected will help guide the City’s racial equity work and determine areas for City government to prioritize through its policies and programs, the city said in a statement.

The survey is anonymous and takes about 12 minutes to complete.

Take the survey here: www.surveymonkey.com/s/seattlecommunitysurvey

The survey began on November 11 and will run through Wednesday, November 27.

The Seattle Office for Civil Rights is also conducting targeted outreach and partnering with community organizations to reach those without internet. Focus groups will be held in Seattle’s six most frequently spoken languages.

Survey results will be shared at a community forum in the spring of 2014.

The survey is part of the city’s 2012-14 Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) Three-Year Plan, which was the result of an extensive assessment in 2011 involving city employees and people from the community. The city’s 2009-2011 RSJI Accomplishments Report details some of RSJI’s strategies.

For more information, visit www.seattle.gov/rsji.

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