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DEEP Affinity Groups - City of Portland

What is a DEEP Affinity Group?

Affinity groups are voluntary, employee-driven groups that are organized around a particular shared interest or dimension. DEEP envisions that affinity groups will be organized around the protected classes set forth in non-discrimination laws such as race, disability, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation. However, DEEP will consider approving any Affinity Group that is organized around other historical barriers to an equitable and inclusive work environment. Each affinity group must be open to any and all employees within the City of Portland. If you would like more information on DEEP or how you can get involved, please send an email to DEEP or contact the Equity Committee.


Program Goals

The goal of DEEP is to support the Mayor's Office in creating a supportive and inclusive work environment. DEEP will be establishing mentoring and networking opportunities for all City employees. Same of the goals that DEEP will strive to implement will be:

  • Mentoring
  • Resources
  • Assistance with diversity events
  • Peer support on an individual or affinity group basis
  • Interview panel resources
  • Retention & recruitment strategies

Affinity Group Objectives

The affinity groups should share numerous objectives:

  • To provide a network of employees to promote professional development and advancement; to foster mentor relationships;
  • To encourage all employees to value their respective groups’ uniqueness and contribution to the City;
  • To discourage stereotyping;
  • To promote a positive work environment;
  • To bring to the attention of top management the concerns of their respective groups;
  • To work with other entities to address broader organizational and community concerns.

Affinity Group List

  • City African-American Network (CAAN) 
  • PDX cityMamas 
  • Dignity4All
  • Faith & Friends Affinity Group
  • Filipino American City Employees (FACE)
  • Hapa, Asian, and Pacific Islander (H.A.P.I.) Affinity Group
  • LGBTQ & Friends Affinity Group
  • Slavic Empowerment Team (SET)
  • Unidos Latinos Americanos (ULA)
  • Veterans Empowerment Team (VET)
  • Women's Affinity Group (WAG)