DEEP is dedicated to enhancing a work environment that is inclusive and supportive of
the City of Portland’s diverse workforce that is committed to quality public service.
Welcome to new DEEP Executive Committee members, Wing Grabowski and Becky Chiao!
Wing works as a Senior Administrative Assistant/Sustainability Events and Outreach Assistant with the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. Wing has been with the City of Portland for 12 years and the reasons for wanting to volunteer for DEEP’s Executive Committee is to further the cause of equity, diversity, and inclusion in the work performed by the City of Portland, and to support the diverse workforce at the city. Also to help connect BPS to resources provided by DEEP and to inform DEEP as to the needs and desires of the bureau.
Becky is a Civil Rights Claims Analyst with the Bureau of Internal Business Services (BIBS) and has been with the City of Portland for 15 years. She has been impressed with the work of DEEP over the years. As her work with the BIBS racial equity plan is near completion, she wanted to continue to work within the city to promote the values of equity, diversity and inclusivity.
If you are interested in joining DEEP’s Executive Committee, please complete the application here.
Left to right: DEEP Executive Committee members Maximo
Behrens, Carolyn Q. Lee, Debbie Caselton and Commissioner Amanda Fritz
Bittersweet Pride Month in June
At least 49 people died and another 53 were injured in the Pulse nightclub shootings in Orlando, Florida on June 12. Many City of Portland employees, from all walks of life, reacted with shock, fear, anger, and extreme grief, among many emotions. DEEP’s LGBTQ & Friends Affinity Group had a meeting planned on June 16 at City Hall, turned into a support group and safe space for employees to express their feelings.
Portland Bureau of Transportation and Pride NW jumped into action that week, inviting the public to show their support for Portland’s LGBTQ Community by visiting and signing the Better Naito Doors of Love from June 17 to 20. PBOT employees worked with reuse organizations, the Rebuilding Center who provided over 80 doors, and SCRAP PDX who provided writing/drawing materials. A small portion of the Doors of Love exhibit have been moved into City Hall.