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City African-American Network (CAAN)


City African American Network (CAAN) 

Welcome to CAAN!

You are invited to finalize CAAN’s workplan and formation of the leadership team.  Our next meeting will be October 3rd, 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm at 421 SW 6th, 13th floor conference room.  After the work session, we will gather on the beautiful Commonwealth Building roof top for a happy hour, with beverages and snacks provided. Even if you cannot make time for the meeting, please join your colleagues for the after work event, at the same address, for friendship and networking.

At our kick-off meeting last week, nine bureaus were represented and seven people showed interested in the leadership team!  At the October 3rd meeting we will confirm the people that expressed interest in the leadership team and they will choose a committee to lead. The committees that were most supported by members, through the sign-up sheet, included engagement, communications, resource fair, policy, and Black History Month. With seven leaders, we can accomplish everything that you envision.  If you could not attend the last meeting please join this one.  Thank you for making time to finalize these plans together. 


Kim, Tosin, Dyvisha, Tyesha, Sabrina, and Jay


CAAN  Meeting and Social Hour

Confirm Leadership Team, join a committee, finalize the CAAN calendar.

Thursday, October 3

03:30 p.m. to 04:30 p.m.

(After work beverages and snacks provided 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm)

421 SW 6th Suite, 1300  

Learn More 

Sign Up for the CAAN Newsletter + Event Invitation HERE

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The City African-American Network (CAAN) seeks to build a common bond of fellowship among Black employees who honorably serve the City of Portland. CAAN advocates for fair employment and equal promotional opportunities for African-Americans through positive relationships with City and community leaders who value and embrace “diversity” beyond just awareness. Opportunity Builds Diversity.

City African American Network (CAAN) Affinity Group is

     an approved affiliation of Diverse and Empowered Employees of Portland.




Black History Month 2019

Schedule of Events

City African American Network (CAAN) Newsletter - January 2018

Schedule of events for the 2018 Black History Month, Professional Development Opportunities, etc.

The Angry Eye - Documentary 51 min.

In 1968, Jane Elliott changed the lives of her class of third grade students by teaching them about the consequences of racism firsthand. By dividing the students into groups based on eye color, she put them in the position of minorities.

Whiteness History Month: Context, Consequences and Change

A multidisciplinary, district-wide, educational project examining race and racism through an exploration of the construction of whiteness, its origins and heritage.