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Committee for Diversity & Inclusion

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

photo of Ken SoKen So, Chief Diversity Officer 

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” -- Maya Angelou

To me, diversity and inclusion means creating a sense of connectedness, community, and understanding. Our Office’s Committee for Diversity & Inclusion promotes these objectives by organizing cultural, educational, and other impactful events. We’ve celebrated Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and Asian Pacific American Heritage Month through food, live performances, fashion shows, movie showings, and more. We’ve had panel and Continuing Legal Education discussions on significant issues relating to gender, Native Americans, and the LGBT community. We have also had important conversations about racial equality through Office-wide roundtable and book club style discussions. We are committed to increasing awareness of key issues affecting our diverse communities in creative and inclusive ways.  

photo of An DangAn Dang, Committee for Diversity & Inclusion Co-Chair 

“Nothing can stop the power of a committed and determined people to make a difference in our society.” -- John Lewis

As Co-Chair of the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, I am committed to elevating the meaning of the Committee’s work beyond creating a diverse and inclusive office, to one in which those who have been systemically discriminated against feel they belong. Our work strives to amplify the voices of those who have faced injustices, educate the privileged on how to become better allies, and motivate our entire Office to commit to making a difference in our society. From bringing cultural awareness to the Office to presenting educational events, our Committee seeks to create a community of understanding and belonging at the San Diego City Attorney’s Office.

photo of Evonne PerrymanEvonne Perryman, Committee for Diversity & Inclusion Co-Chair 

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” --John F. Kennedy

Diversity and inclusion permeate every aspect of my life. I truly enjoy interacting and surrounding myself with friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers from all different backgrounds. One of the most impactful events that I have been involved in is co-facilitating a discussion centered around the book, “Between the World & Me” by Ta-Nahesi Coates. Through creating a welcoming and supportive environment, the other participants and I had an opportunity to share our own personal experiences relating to race and what touched us about the struggles that the Black author had to go through. I find that being involved with diversity and inclusion gives me an opportunity to show love for others and to let their voices be heard. 

photo of Anjana Pottathil,Anjana Pottathil, Committee for Diversity & Inclusion Co-Chair 

“You can start changing our world for the better daily, no matter how small the action.” -- Nelson Mandela

I am proud to serve as Co-chair of the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion and am passionate about promoting a diverse and accepting workplace. I believe our different life experiences make us each diverse in our own way and we have a lot to learn from one another, if given the opportunity. Our events strive to bring together colleagues of different cultures and beliefs to foster a sense of community within the San Diego City Attorney’s Office. We hope to spark conversations that will elevate the voices of our colleagues, especially those whose lives have been directly impacted by discriminatory practices.

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