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City African American Network (CAAN) Newsletter - January 2018






  • Welcome
  • Schedule of Events for the 2018 Black History Month
  • Professional Development Opportunities (National Forum for Black Public Administrators and Say Hey Events)
  • Connect to CAAN


Hello Beautiful people! Happy 2018.

This is going is be a great and exciting year for the City’s African American Network (CAAN). One of the main goals CAAN is setting out to achieve in 2018 is to further build our community and inspire leadership, greatness, and courage in every Black employee who honorably serves the City of Portland. CAAN will continue to advocate for fair employment and equal opportunities through positive relationships with the City and community leaders who value and embrace “diversity” and “racial equity” beyond just awareness.

To achieve these goals, we have created and developed exciting programs, events, and activities. Starting this month, we are joining the army of volunteers in different parts of Portland to "give back" on Martin Luther King (MLK day). We are going to set time aside to uplift those in need and build our community. I know MLK Day is a day off for City employees, but we encourage you to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  by connecting with people and organizations making a huge difference within and outside your neighborhood or community. 

CAAN is going all out for the 2018 Black History Month. Let the CAAN members say, "Yes" and rejoice! We will be connecting with different Black
community organizations within Portland to make sure our achievements, history and contributions are celebrated and duly recognized. The theme for the 2018 Black History Month is "African Americans in Times of War." We plan to celebrate Black Veterans and implement fun and interesting activities and events that everyone can enjoy.

Please mark your calendars, plan ahead, and set time aside to participate. We have also highlighted a number of professional development opportunities that can help you become the amazing leader you want to be. Take advantage of these amazing opportunities and stay plugged.

Wishing you all the best at all times.

Upcoming 2018 Black History Month Events

Black History Month Proclamation

January 31st, 2:30 PM  Time Certain

Join us as veterans give their perspective on the Black History Month theme
"African Americans in Times of War"




Noir Happy Hour

February 2, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM 

Join us at our kick-off event at Saucebox, 214 SW Broadway St, Portland, OR
97205 . Enjoy appetizers and drinks while connecting with other members.
This event is free, but please RSVP. Register Here to reserve your spot!

Never Eat Lunch Alone (Networking Event)
February 16, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Are you eating lunch at your desk again? Bring your lunch and connect with
other City employees at our monthly lunch meetings. Keep an eye out for an
Outlook calendar invitation from CAAN. 


CAAN Black Professionals Panel Brown Bag

February 21, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Bring your brown bag lunch and learn about the experiences of your Black
professionals working for the City. More details to come.


Community Forum with Speakers from PAALF

February date and time to be determined. More details to come. 



National Forum For Black Public Administrators

Contact Tawyna Harris to find out how to enter this professional
development forum this April, 2018.

To learn more about NFBPA, visit their website at


Upcoming Community Events

African American Read-In

February 18, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

North Portland Library 

512 N Killingsworth St

Portland, OR 97217

Click here for details

Partners in Diversity
Say Hey!

February 20, 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Karl Miller Center Atrium

631 SW Harrison St

Portland, OR 97201

Click here for details