Equity and Inclusion


All meetings are open to the public. Everyone is welcome.

4:30 - 6:30pm
Multnomah Arts Center, Room 4
7688 SW Capitol Hwy

The SWNI Equity and Inclusion Committee usually meets on the 4th Monday of every month. Confirm scheduled meetings in the Southwest Neighborhoods Calendar.

Contact chair Glenn Bridger, gbridger@teleport.com

Proposed DRAFT Resolution from the SWNI Equity and Inclusion Committee regarding support for Portland Tenants United

At the October 24th SWNI Equity and Inclusion Committee meeting, members heard a presentation from Margot Black with Portland Tenants United. The committee reviewed a Draft Resolution and voted to forward the document to the SWNI Board on October 26th for feedback.  Neighborhood Board representatives will be sharing the draft document at their neighborhood association meetings in November and share feedback at the SWNI Board meeting on November 16th.


Racism. Equity. Diversity. Inclusion. There's a lot of buzz these days as racial differences in police violence and immigration headline the news and conversations on social media. 

Why would an organization such as SWNI choose to engage in equity and inclusion work? In part, because our mission is engaging neighbors to improve livability in SW Portland. If our work is defined only by a part of our community, and not representative of the whole, then we are not meeting our mission.  We are also losing out on the trust and involvement of many people within our community.

Want more background on racial differences in Portland?  Check out Communities of Color in Multnomah County: An Unsettling Profile (2010).

We are also engaging in this work because it is good organizational practice. A growing list of research studies by Stanford, Rutgers, University of Texas at Dallas, MIT and many others demonstrate that diversity within organizations yields increases in creative thinking, productivity, innovative problem solving, employee retention, financial performance and public image.  Simply put, our strength as an organization lies in the differences we all bring to it.

How can SWNI change the way we run our meetings, events and day-to-day operations to be more welcoming and inclusive, and therefore a more creative and effective organization? We can only answer this question through the involvement and input of neighbors! 

Click here to review the draft Racial Equity Policy and Action Plan (PDF). (Word version)  It is the midpoint of a process started by the SWNI Equity & Inclusion Action Team, but it is not yet complete.  We want your experience of life in SW Portland to help shape this document!

The questions we will be asking at the Community Conversation include:

  • We live in a stronger, safer community when everyone is at the table. Do you agree or disagree?
  • What actions do you think would be most effective to bring everyone to the table?
  • Have you noticed a lack of inclusion in neighborhood activities and events?
  • What worries you when you think about doing equity work?