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Engaging for Equity: A Report on Portland's Diversity and Civic Leadership (DCL) Program, 2007-2013

Engaging for Equity: A Report on Portland's Diversity and Civic Leadership (DCL) Program, 2007-2013

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The Office of Neighborhood Involvement invites you to review and provide input on Engaging for Equity: A Report on Portland's Diversity and Civic Leadership Program, 2007-2013. The report documents the accomplishments, lessons learned from this groundbreaking program focused on strengthening the City's engagement, livability, organizational capacity, and self-empowerment for Portland's communities of color, immigrant and refugee communities. With the publication of this report, ONI will facilitate a community discussion in 2015 to receive input on the continued development and potential expansion of the Diversity and Civic Leadership program. This conversation will occur simultaneously with a broader discussion about funding equity for ONI’s community engagement programs taking place with our Bureau/Budget Advisory Committee (BAC).

ONI’s goals for the community conversation include:

  1. Recognizing and celebrating the amazing accomplishments of our community partner organizations; 
  2. Gathering community input to help inform deliberations within the ONI BAC and City Council on the future of the DCL program, including equitable funding, potential expansion, and making it a permanent component of the City’s civic engagement strategy.


Engaging for Equity report - PDF version

PDF version of report - Engaging for Equity: A Report on Portland's DCL Program, 2007-2013. Note: PDF file is 9MB so downloads may be slow. Please contact Jeri Williams if you want paper version mailed to you:

Engaging for Equity report - TEXT version

Text version of report - Engaging for Equity: A Report on Portland's DCL Program, 2007-2013


Learn more, provide feedback and your ideas

ONI invites your comments on the future of the DCL program. Comments are due by Tuesday, March 31, 2015. You can participate and provide input on the report, the above questions and any other ideas or questions in the following ways:

Saturday, February 28, 2015
Hear directly from DCL grantees and ONI’s program coordinator telling their story of accomplishments, challenges, and lessons learned from their work.

12 Noon – 1 PM – part of an all-day Community Summit
Ambridge Event Center
1333 NE Martin Luther King Junior Blvd., Portland
Please pre-register for this free Community Summit at:



Join us at an ONI Bureau Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting to share your thoughts, comments and questions regarding the report and the future of the DCL program. The BAC will continue to meet through 2015 to consider future development of the program.

Monday, March 9, 2015
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
ONI Bureau Advisory Committee (BAC) meeting
Portland Building, Room C, 2nd Fl., 1120 SW 5th Ave., Portland

Next meetings for the ONI BAC are 2nd Mondays each month, 5:30 PM. Monday, April 13, May 11, and June 8, 2015. Meeting locations vary. You’re welcome to join these meetings as well, provide comments, and join the conversation. To get on contact list to get notice contact Jeri Williams, or 503-823-5827.


Provide your comments online. You’ll need to set-up a account in order to access the online form. Go to:


Provide your comment via email at:


Provide your comments via USPS mail addressed to:
Office of Neighborhood Involvement
Attn: DCLinput
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 110
Portland, OR 97204


If you would like us to come to your group meeting to discuss we will do our best to make that happen. Please contact Jeri Williams, Diversity and Civic Leadership Program Coordinator at 503-823-5827, or



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