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Neighborhood Involvement

Building inclusive, safe and livable neighborhoods and communities.

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1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204

New Portlanders Program


Training on Oregon Open Meeting Law, City of Portland protocols, charter and bylaws

February 10, 2018, 10am to 3pm

City Hall, Second Floor Pettygrove Room


NPPC Full Retreat


City Hall, 2/10/18                                                                                                                         

Retreat Aims:

  • Relational: NPPC participants engage and experience strengthened relationships
  • Objective: NPPC participants leave with an understanding of the opportunities, roles, and responsibilities of serving on a public advisory body
  • Objective: NPPC participants consider and make decisions about governance, structures, and processes that best serve the work
  • Relational and Objective: NPPC will co-create agreements for respectful, constructive, and productive communications

9:30 a.m.         Welcome and Context Setting (Co-Chairs and Polo)

  • Retreat objectives
  • Highlights from NPPC Exec Committee Retreat
  • Introduction of facilitator

9:40 a.m.         Quick Introductions and Review of the Agenda (Ashley)

9:50 a.m.         Traditional and Participatory Opening (Ashley)

Backing: Cultural teachings, neuroscience findings, groupwork best practices

10:05 a.m.       Respectful, Constructive and Productive Communications

  • Examples, reflection, and discussion in dyads
  • Consensus Exercise: Co-create agreements for respectful, constructive, and productive communications (Ashley)

12:00 p.m.       Working Lunch

12:10 p.m.       Presentation: Shared Space – Community and Government Working Together to Shape Public Policy (Ashley, Co-Chairs, and Dianne)

  • City of Portland government overview
  • City public advisory body role and opportunities
  • Public official protocol highlights

1:35 p.m.         Dialogue and Decision-Making: Governance, Structures, and Processes (Polo and Ashley)

  • NPPC mission, goals, and objectives
  • NPPC policy reform accomplishments
  • Decision-making
    • Define
    • When it’s occurring
    • Processes
  • Governance and committee structures
    • Executive Committee role and composition
    • Subcommittees alignment with goals
  • Process Mapping

3:10 p.m.         Next Steps (Ashley)

3:15 p.m.         Closing and Adjourn (Co-Chairs)



Ronault LS (Polo) Catalani

Immigrant integration policy advisor

New Portlander Policy Commission



Linda Castillo

Immigrant integration practice advisor

New Portlander Programs


Our commission and our programs develop policies and practices integrating immigrants and refugees (New Portlanders) into the life of our robust city. Our website is a place you'll find people and programs building us all a more equitable, a healthier and happier hometown. If we've missed local resettlement resources for our families or communities - please say so (click here).

Portland United Against Hate

Community initiated partnership of community organizations of color, neighborhood groups, and the City of Portland building a rapid response network that combines reporting and tracking of hate acts and provides support our communities need at this time.

People and Programs

Local resettlement and integration assistance

New Portlanders Policy Commission

Advise the City on policies and practices to integrate immigrant and refugee communities’ voices and needs into the provision of City services, City decision-making and civic engagement in Portland, and to seek constructive relationships with City Council

Community Engagement Liaisons (CELs) Program

Language interpretation and community engagement for your public involvement programs

Video: Welcome to Your Police

Short video on New Portlanders being introduced to Portland Police