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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Upcoming Diversity Equity and Inclusion Trainings

Upcoming Portland-Area Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Trainings + Events

PBOT’s Equity + Inclusion Program has been ramping up several 2019-2020 activities and initiatives to advance our equity work and in support of the new Transportation Justice focus within the new 3-year Strategic Plan. Please be on the lookout for updates in the near future! 

In the meantime, we will continue to share information about upcoming equity training, professional development and networking events. Please consider these upcoming Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) trainings organized by professional groups, seasoned facilitators and equity practitioners in the Portland area. Employees are responsible for registering for these events, but the PBOT Equity + Inclusion Program can cover the cost of registration + staff time. For more information and instruction, please email

Screening and Discussion: Lost City, Living Memories: Vanport Through The Voices of Its Residents

Date: October 20 (3:30 to 5:30 pm)

Description: At this event, you will watch a selection of short documentaries that are a part of Vanport Mosaic's on-going oral history project, now in its fourth year, facilitated by Story Midwife Laura Lo Forti. Through archival footage, historic photographs, and compelling first-person narratives, the collection of short films created a rich and elaborate "mosaic" of the vibrant community that made up the City of Vanport.

Venue: Smith Memorial Student Union, 1825 Southwest Broadway, Portland OR 97201

Cost: Free

Host Organization: Portland State University

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 Panel Discussion: Women, Equity, and Class: Migration in the Workplace

Date: October 24 (5:00 to 7:30 pm)

Description: Join Katie Augsburger of Future Work Design for an evening of meaningful discussion on how to design a more equitable workplace for women. This hands-on workshop will leave you with a better understanding of the invisible presence of classism, shared experiences of class migration and its intersection with race and gender, and why it is critical to include in Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives.

Venue: 1140 Southwest 11th Avenue, Suite 200, Portland, OR 97205

Cost: $30

Host Organization: FINE

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Panel Discussion: Indigenous Healing: A Panel Discussion on History, Trauma, Resiliency, and How to Work with Native Americans in a Culturally Responsive Way

Date: October 25 (9:30 to 11:30 am)

Description: At this event, you will learn about the concept of historical trauma and its importance when working with individuals, families, tribes, communities and larger systems. You will build a contextualized understanding of historical oppression, learn about the intersection of historical trauma and a strength based, resiliency focused work with historically oppressed populations and be exposed to assessment and intervention strategies for culturally empowered work - including direct practice, policy, advocacy and research.

Venue: 3036 Northeast Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, Portland, OR 97212

Cost: Free

Host Organization: Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare

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Panel Discussion: Strategies and Tactics for Equitable Communication

Date: October 28 (5:30 to 8:00 PM)

Description: The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Oregon Chapter Diversity and Inclusion Committee presents, "Leadership, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Strategies for Equitable Communication," featuring Joy Fowler, VP Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Umpqua Bank and Gail Dundas, Communications Consultant. At this event, two dynamic communicators will share their stories, perspectives, and observations about diversity, equity and Inclusion in the world of communications.

Venue: Vida 401 NE 19 Ste 200 Portland, OR, 97232

Cost: $37.82

Host Organization: Public Relations Society of America

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SPEAKER SERIES: Gentrification is Weird

Date: November 6 (12:00 to 1:00 pm)

Description: Donovan Smith, Portland based award-winning journalist and artist, will discuss his “Gentrification is WEIRD! Project and explore Black history and future of Oregon.

Venue: 1414 Northwest Northrup Street #Ste 700 Portland, OR 97209

Host Organization: Zapproved

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SPEAKER SERIES: Meyer Memorial Trust Equity Speaker Series: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

Date: November 14 (5:30 to 8:30 pm)

Description: Meyer Memorial Trust and the Coalition of Communities of Color is hosting Rev. Dr. William J Barber, a nationally recognized social justice advocate building a broad based grassroots movement. In 2014, Barber founded Repairers of the Breach, a national leadership development organization, to respond to lawmakers in North Carolina who were working against efforts to expand voting rights, health care access, living wages, immigrant rights, public education and LGBTQ rights.

Venue: 126 Northeast Alberta Street, Portland, OR 97211

Host Organization: Meyer Memorial Trust and the Coalition of Communities of Color

Cost: Free

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SPEAKER SERIES: Using Equity as Lens We Create From

Date: December 4 (12:00 to 1:00 pm)

Description: This event is a conversation with Dr Steven Nakana, the Port of Portland Social Equity Manager. Dr. Nakana will explore how we can integrate equity into our thinking by asking ourselves two basic but highly important questions: who will be impacted and burdened by our decisions and what are our design outcomes?

Venue: 1414 Northwest Northrup Street #Ste 700 Portland, OR 97209

Host Organization: Zapproved

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Again, the PBOT Equity and Inclusion team has funds available to sponsor staff attendance at trainings that require payment. Please email Tosin for more information: