Equity and Inclusion

Meetings:

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


About

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)  The policy is still a DRAFT and the SWNI Equity & Inclusion Action Team is looking for feedback. We want your experience of life in SW Portland to help shape this document!

Equity and Inclusion Action Plan for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 (PDF) Action Plan (Word Version)