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Office of Equity and Human Rights

Realizing Equity. Enhancing the City of Portland.

Phone: 503-823-4433

Fax: 503-823-4420

421 SW 6th Avenue, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204

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About OEHR

OEHR LogoThe Office of Equity and Human Rights was created by City Ordinance in 2011
and charged to:

  1. Promote equity and reduce disparities within City government; 

  2. Provide guidance, education and technical assistance to all bureaus as they develop sustainable methods to build capacity in achieving equitable outcomes and service; 

  3. Work with community partners to promote equity and inclusion within Portland and throughout the region, producing measurable improvements and disparity reductions; 

  4. Support human rights and opportunities for everyone to achieve their full potential; 

  5. Work to resolve issues rooted in bias and discrimination, through research, education, and interventions.

Vision

City services are administered and delivered in a way that gives all Portlanders access to the opportunities necessary to satisfy their essential needs, advance their well-being and achieve their full potential.

 

Mission

The Office of Equity and Human Rights provides education and technical support to City staff and elected officials, leading to recognition and removal of systemic barriers to fair and just distribution of resources, access and opportunity, starting with issues of race and disability.

 

What is Equity?

Equity is when everyone has access to the opportunities necessary to satisfy their essential needs, advance their well-being and achieve their full potential. We have a shared fate as individuals within a community and as communities within society. All communities need the ability to shape their own present and future. Equity is both the means to healthy communities and an end that benefits us all.  - From the Portland Plan


2012-2013 Annual Report

The Year in Review