The City of Portland is committed to eliminating institutional racism in government and achieving racial equity in the community so our city can be a great place to live for all people and all generations from all communities. To do this we must change City policy, programs, practices, and procedures.
To move in that direction, the City Auditor’s Office participated in an all-staff equity training. The Racial Equity Toolkit Development training helped build on knowledge and skills already in place and provided tools to communicate about race. With the support of the Office of Equity and Human Rights, the training was led by Center for Social Inclusion staff Glen Harris and Jenny Levison, providing guidance on using the racial equity toolkit as it applies to our work in government auditing and accountably. This training empowered the staff to find new ways to communicate about race and strategies on implementing the Racial Equity Toolkit to our daily work.
The goals going forward are to set equitable outcomes, collect and analyze data, understand historical context, engage those most impacted, develop racially equitable strategies and refine outcomes, implement changes, and then evaluate accountability and report back.
This half-day training also provided the entire staff of the Auditor’s Office an opportunity to learn together, reconnect and bond as a team.