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Timeline of Events

Mar. 18, 2021—Hugo House confirms that both searches (DEI consultant and ED) are suspended

Mar. 16, 2021—Hugo House releases an adult class survey, where community members and others who are interested can mark the kinds of classes they would like to see offered

Mar. 16, 2021—Hugo House introduces Your Hugo House community forums to improve transparency and programmatic processes

Mar. 10, 2021—WOCA reiterates demand for Hugo House to halt the DEI Consultant and Executive Director searches

Mar. 5, 2021—AIED Rob Arnold begins working to broker a meeting with WOCA to move forward on a collaborative process

Mar. 3, 2021—Hugo House names Rob Arnold acting interim executive director

Feb. 22, 2021—WOCA calls off the strike

Feb. 19, 2021—Hugo House announces leadership transition

Feb. 8, 2021—WOCA calls for ED resignation

Feb. 6, 2021—WOCA holds community forum about Hugo House

Jan. 25, 2021—Progress on Racial Equity Action Items

January 2021—Internal hire named development director

Dec. 17, 2020—Racism at Hugo House: A Public Acknowledgement

Dec. 11, 2020—Community Forum for racial justice held at Hugo House

November 2020—Hired facilitator to run community forum for racial justice

Sep. 19, 2020—Board held listening session with WOCA leaders

September 2020—Ten percent teacher pay increase goes into effect for Fall quarter.

August 2020—Board, staff, and teachers all attend ally training.

July 31, 2020—Received open letter from WOCA about racism at Hugo House

July 22, 2020—Scholarship program is overhauled to be more inclusive and visible on our website.

Jun. 11, 2020—27 free spaces are offered to BIPOC writers in our summer classes.

Jun. 5, 2020—First version of 2020–25 Strategic Plan is approved and released on website.

May 15, 2020—Scribes summer camps are shifted to sliding scale pricing model to increase access.

May 5, 2020—Board adopts updated version of racial equity statement, revised by DEI committee. The first racial equity statement was published on the website in May 2019.

May 1, 2020—Write with Hugo House (free writing program with the Seattle Public Library) is launched virtually.

Mar. 31, 2020—DEI committee meets for the first time. Earlier meetings in the year were delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jan. 27, 2020—Formed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee.

Jan. 14, 2020—Initial draft of 2020–2025 Strategic Plan is approved by board of directors.