Status Summary

First reading, referred to Higher Education & Workforce Development on 1.14.21.

Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Higher Education & Workforce Development on 1.26.21.  

Executive session scheduled, but no action was taken in the Senate Committee on Higher Education & Workforce Development on 1.28.21.

Executive session action taken in the Senate Committee on Higher Education & Workforce Development on 1.2.48.21; 1st substitute bill passed.

Passed to Rules Committee for second reading on 2.5.21.

On motion, referred to Ways & Means on 2.9.21.

Public hearing in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on 2.17.19.
 
Executive action taken in the Senate Committee on Ways & Means on 2.19.21; 2nd substitute bill passed.  

Passed to Rules Committee for second reading on 2.22.21.
 
Placed on second reading by Rules Committee on 2.23.21.

2nd substitute bill substituted. Floor amendment(s) adopted. Rules suspended. Placed and passed on Third Reading on 3.3.21.
 
In the House
First reading, referred to College & Workforce Development on 3.5.21.
 
Public hearing in the House Committee on College & Workforce Development on 3.10.21.
 
Executive session scheduled, but no action taken in the House Committee on College & Workforce Development on 3.17.21.
 
Executive action taken in the House Committee on College & Workforce Development on 3.18.21; majority pass with amendment(s). 
 
Referred to Appropriations on 3.22.21

Public hearing in the House Committee on Appropriations on 3.30.21.

Executive action taken in the House Committee on Appropriations on 3.31.21; pass with amendment(s) by College & Workforce Development. 
 
Referred to Rules 2 Review on 4.2.21
 
Rules Committee relieved of further consideration. Placed on second reading on 4.5.21.

Committee amendment(s) adopted as amended. Rules suspended. Placed and passed on Third Reading on 4.9.21.
(updated 4.16.21)

Legislative Session

2021

Status

In Progress

Sponsor

Randall

SB5227 has the goal of each public institution of higher education annually assess the learning, working, and living environment on campus that students, faculty, and staff experience to better understand the evolving state of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Each WA state institution of higher education must: 

(a) Develop and establish a professional development program on diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism for faculty and staff. 
(b) Provide professional development training on diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism to faculty and staff beginning with the 2022-23 academic year;
(c) Develop clear learning objectives for professional development program participants by July 1, 2022, 
(d) Create an evaluation by July 1, 2022, with follow-up evaluation that focuses on participants' behavior and applied learning.

SB5227 requires that four-year institutions of higher education conduct a campus climate assessment to  understand the current state of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the learning, working, and living environment on campus for students, faculty, and staff and lays out related requirements.  They also must develop and establish a program on diversity, equity, inclusion, and antiracism for students.

Rules adopted under this act must meet 19 federal requirements that are a necessary condition to the receipt of federal funds by the state.