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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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The City of Portland’s Citywide Equity Committee (CEC) was established on September 12, 2012 by resolution No. 36956 which affirmed:

  1. Equity goes beyond diversity in that it requires an intentional examination of systemic policies and practices from both a historic and present day perspective.

  2. The City recognizes that in order to achieve equity throughout this institution, a well coordinated effort between bureaus and the office of City Council members is necessary.

  3. The renaming of the City Diversity Development Committee (CDC) to the Citywide Equity Committee.

  4. The CEC will be charged with the development and oversight for an equity strategic plan.


The City of Portland conducts business with the public in a racially equitable manner and empowers its employees to create, support, and champion racial equity in their own bureaus and throughout the City.


In collaboration and coordination with Office of Equity and Human Rights (OEHR), the Citywide Equity Committee (CEC) will facilitate, coordinate, and lead a citywide effort to shift internal City culture by promoting the recognition and removal of racially inequitable policies and practices.

Why Focus on Institutional Racism?

  1. Institutional racism refers to organizational policies, practices, and programs that work to the benefit of white people and the detriment of people of color, usually unintentionally.

  2. A focused effort to address persistent racial disparities allows us to make more significant progress than if we were to address disparities across multiple identity lines simultaneously.

  3. Racially equitable programs, policies, and practices benefit all of us, not just people of color.

CEC Meetings

The Citywide Equity Committee meets on the third Thursday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Meetings are held at the Office of Equity and Human Rights - 421 SW 6th Avenue Suite 500 Portland, OR 97204. These meetings are not open to the public.

The CEC is staffed by the Office of Equity and Human Rights. If you have questions or comments, contact: Email Kenya Budd or call 503.823.4427

CEC Advisement on Appointments

Citywide Equity Committee's advisement to City Council

CEC Membership

Roster of CEC Members

Bureau Equity Committee (BEC) Starter Kit

Resources intended to assist BECs toward generating high-quality policy analysis & recommendations