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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

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Slavic Empowerment Team (SET)

Slavic Empowerment Team (SET) is a voluntary, employee-driven affinity group that is organized around shared interest in Slavic Culture and/or self- affiliation with a Slavic Cultural heritage. SET is open to any and all employees within the City of Portland regardless of their race, religion, gender, marital status, family status, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, source of income, or veteran status.

 For more information, please contact: Svetlana Hedin or Irene Konev

City Mayor, Ted Wheeler, proclaimed second week of January 2020 to be Slavic and Eastern European Heritage Week. 

Proclamation at the City Hall

[Members of Slavic Empowerment Team, IRCO, City Commissioners and Mayor, Ted Wheeler standing in a semicircle holding 2020 Proclamation] 


Two couples dancing traditional Slavic dance  Girls dancing   several people standing wearing traditional clothing representing country their from

Slavic Cultural display  Slavic Cultural display  traditional wedding dress

Proclamation 2019 (City Hall)

Proclamation at the City Hall

 [Members of Slavic Empowerment Team, City Commissioners and Mayor, Ted Wheeler standing in a semicircle holding 2019 Proclamation]


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People wearing Traditional Slavic costumes

 [People posing for a picture dressed in cultural costumes representing 15 former USSR countries]

Display of Slavic Cultural items (IRCO Slavic Celebration, 2019)

Display of Slavic Cultural items

[Table displaying Slavic cultural items and Slavic traditional food]

13th Annual Serbian Festival!

September 14-15 , 2019 at St Stephen Serbian Orthodox Church, 11447 SE 27th Ave, Milwaukie, OR 97222

Serbian Festival

26th Polish Festival

September 21st, 2019 at 3900 N Interstate, Portland, OR 97227

 Polish Festival


11th Annual Slavic Festival

When: September 1st, 2019 from 10 am

Where: Gateway Discovery Park (10520 NE Halsey)

Please click on an image to see the Facebook Event Page.11th Annual Slavic Festival


Slavic & Eastern European Heritage Celebration

Portland Building Auditorium on January 24th, 2016 5 PM -7 PM

Slavic Culture



Slavic Culture Awareness display at the Portland Building, first floor lobby from July 11th to August 2nd, 2016

On the display are items from Russia, Ukraine, Latvia and Serbia.

Traditional dolls "Matrioshka," "Khokhloma" painted trays, traditional embroidery, Ukrainian dolls, "Samovar", traditional shirts and pictures.  


Display of Slavic Cultural items

Three people standing next to Slavic display


Slavic Bake Sale was on July 19th 10 am - 12pm, 2016 first floor lobby. It was very well attended by the City's employees that had an opportunity to try Slavic traditional foods.


Slavic Culture Awareness presentation took place on August 2nd 12 pm -1 pm, 2016 Portland Building, Auditorium, Second Floor 

Presenters were City of Portland's employees and SET Members: Svetlana Pell, Bureau of Environmental Services, Karina Rutova, Commissioner Saltzman's Office, The Gateway Center, Natasha Haunsperger Portland Police Bureau, Mia Sabanovic

Presenters gave an overview of Slavic Cultures, the region and countries of origin of Eastern-European, Slavic and Russian-speaking populations that are living in Oregon.

Post Soviet CountriesPost Soviet 1Post Soviet RussiaPost Soviet St. PetersburgPost Soviet 1Ukraine

KievMoldovaPost Soviet 2Post Soviet 3BalticEstoniaPost Soviet 5Post Soviet 6post Soviet 7Post Soviet 8Latvialatvia 1



 Balkan culturebalkan 1balkan 2Balkan 3balkan 4Balkan 5Balkan 6Balkan 7balkan 8Bulgaria





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Slavic Advisory Council

The Slavic Advisory Council works with the Portland Police Bureau.