On January 27, IPR collaborated with the Latino Network and the City of Portland’s New Portlanders Program to hold our first community dialogue of 2016, in the Cully neighborhood. Latino Network provided IPR with guidance on best practices in community engagement as it pertains to creating an emotionally safe space for dialogue about community and police interactions. Latino Network staff designed the flyers, found the meeting space, provided childcare and brought the community to the dialogue.
IPR’s intern Keela Johnson of Resolutions Northwest facilitated the event with a goal of creating an emotionally safe dialogue. Keela also created the outline for the evening, designed a survey which IPR Investigator Deidre Perez translated into Spanish. Over 35 people attended. Participants learned about IPR, and provided feedback about police as well as shared ideas of how IPR can serve the community better. IPR staff members attended and were able answer questions from community members.
At the end of the dialogue, participants used one word statements to describe how they felt at the end of the session and several chose “informed, hopeful, strong, and knowledgeable”.
We look forward to working with the many partners who joined us from the Latino community, and to furthering our relationships in the Cully Neighborhood.
IPR has more community dialogues planned for later this spring.
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