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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Parks & Recreation

Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland

Phone: 503-823-7529

1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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Diversity & Equity Committee (DEC)


Portland Parks & Recreation’s Diversity & Equity Committee

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) recognizes that in order to achieve equity throughout the bureau, a well-coordinated effort across and at all levels of the organizations is necessary. Therefore, the role of the Diversity and Equity Committee is integral in creating a link between the employees, management and city leadership.

Mission Statement

Portland Parks & Recreation's Diversity & Equity Committee (DEC) will advise the bureau Director and Equity and Inclusion team on bureau policies and budget. The DEC will facilitate the implementation of Bureau policies and practices to remove barriers to and promote diversity, inclusion and racial equity best practices. 

Values: Respect and Inclusion

Value the diverse voices, experiences, and perspectives of all individuals; respect the voices of people of color, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and others who have historically been marginalized and continue to face institutional disparities.


To help promote best practices in diversity, equity and inclusion within the Bureau and the City of Portland, PP&R’s DEC has been active in the following ways:

Equity Dialogues
These quarterly, half day sessions are a collaboration between the Diversity & Equity Committee (DEC), the Fostering Equity Support Team (FEST), and the Senior Management Team (SMT). The facilitated sessions are designed to build trust, teamwork, and understanding around equity and inclusion outcomes for the bureau. 

Northwest Public Employees Diversity Conference
Since the DEC was established, a record number of PP&R staff (12% to 14%) have participated and/or volunteered for the annual City/County Diversity Conference.

Training
Several DEC members have completed cultural competency training and are now certified diversity trainers for the City of Portland.

Cultural Events
PP&R's DEC has sponsored monthly City of Portland cultural activities. These include National Disability Awareness, Hispanic Heritage Month, and Asian Pacific Heritage Month.

Career and Job Fairs
DEC members consistently help staff career and job fair booths.

Guest Speakers
The DEC invites individuals and community organizations from underrepresented populations to speak and educate PP&R staff in ways to engage these communities, as well as how to become more culturally competent.


Members and Meetings

The DEC is made up of staff from throughout Portland Parks & Recreation. The committee members typically serve a two-year term. PP&R employees are encouraged to contact any of the committee members listed below to help familiarize themselves on the committee’s efforts, or if staff have diversity-related questions or concerns.

The DEC meets monthly on the third Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Locations vary. Contact one of the DEC members listed below if you are interested in attending one of the committee meetings.

The Diversity & Equity Committee members: