Hillsdale Community Forum

Monday, April 24
6:30-8:30 pm
St. Barnabas Episcopal Church
2201 SW Vermont Street


With the goal of opening a dialogue between neighbors to strengthen community relationships, the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association (HNA) will be hosting a forum on Monday, April 24, from 6:30-8:30 pm: “Hillsdale: A Welcoming and Inclusive Community?” at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, located at 2201 SW Vermont Street.

The forum will feature speaker Samira Godil, Executive Director of the SW Community Health Center, who is Muslim, and Maria Elena Guerrera, the Executive Director of the Farmworkers Housing Development Corporation and a member of the Latinx community. Both women live or work in Southwest Portland, and play leadership roles within their respective communities.

Topics covered at the forum will include:

  • How can we ensure that Hillsdale is a safe community for all, now and in the future?
  • What have our Muslim, Jewish, Latinx and other neighbors been experiencing recently?

The community will be asked to share experiences, ideas, and concerns for how the neighborhood might become a more welcoming and inclusive place to live, work and play. There will be snacks, time to meet neighbors, and ideas for further involvement (including in the HNA).

The HNA has been looking for ways to make their community as welcoming as possible. Recently, an Outreach Committee was formed to promote more neighborhood participation. According to their bylaws, the HNA is organized to provide a balanced and open process by which all members of the neighborhood can involve themselves in the affairs of the community. Attendance at monthly HNA meetings, held the first Wednesday of each month, averages 20, except when a controversial issue is featured. A survey instrument was created to assess format and content preferences. Discussing current events and their local implications, and inviting dialogue with elected representatives scored highly, hence this forum. To learn more about the HNA please visit HNA-PDX.com.