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The City of Portland, Oregon

Nick Fish (In Memoriam)

City of Portland Commissioner

phone: 503-823-3589


1221 S.W. 4th, Room 240, Portland, OR 97204

Citywide equity

July 9, 2015

Yesterday, Nick was proud to join City Council in unanimous approval of new citywide racial equity goals

The Office of Equity and Human Rights (OEHR) presented a resolution with the goals to Council, to help transform Portland for the better. The goals are:

  • We will end racial disparities within city government, so there is fairness in hiring and promotions, greater opportunities in contracting, and equitable services to all residents.
  • We will strengthen outreach, public engagement, and access to City services for communities of color and immigrant and refugee communities, and support or change existing services using racial equity best practices.
  • We will collaborate with communities and institutions to eliminate racial inequity in all areas of government, including education, criminal justice, environmental justice, health, housing, transportation, and economic success. 

These equity goals are an important investment in our community. Council voted to make them binding, meaning that the City of Portland will ensure that equity is a major priority.   

OEHR works hard to promote equity and reduce disparities within City government, and for the people of Portland. It helps remove barriers so that all Portlanders can have access to opportunities and achieve their full potential.

Portland is a regional model for equity. Director Dante James consults with other cities around the US, to develop other offices of equity and human rights.  

Check out the OEHR’s website to learn more.

Video courtesy of the Office of Equity and Human Rights.