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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

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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

See below for upcoming Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) trainings organized by professional groups, seasoned facilitators and equity practitioners in Portland and surrounding areas.  For more information and instruction about registration and staff time, please email

WORKSHOP: Equity Foundations Training

Date: January 16 (1:00 to 5:00 pm)

Description: This highly interactive training is an introduction to understanding the nature of the challenges diversity presents to us. It guides participants through self-awareness of cultural differences, the historical context of cultural differences and how we tend to navigate them, and it culminates with concrete strategies we can implement to promote equity at the workplace and our daily lives.

Venue: Oregon Food Bank Services, 7900 NE 33rd Drive, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97211

Cost: Free

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Conversation: The Cultural Soul Project Presents an Evening with Dr. Cornell West

Date: January 18, 2020 (7:00 pm to 9:00 pm)

Description: Join the Cultural Soul Project for an evening conversation with Dr. Cornell West where he will discuss the need for a prophetic gospel in inner city urban America. Cornel West is a prominent and provocative intellectual. He is Professor of the Practice of Public Philosophy at Harvard University and holds the title of Professor Emeritus at Princeton University. He has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, Harvard, and the University of Paris. He has written 20 books and has edited 13. He is best known for his classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and for his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. His most recent book, Black Prophetic Fire, offers an unflinching look at the 19th and 20th century African American leaders and their visionary legacies.

Venue: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland, Lloyd Center Ballroom, 1000 NE Multnomah Street, Portland, OR 97232

Cost: Free

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Conversation: Back to Basics: Urban Planning

Date: January 23, 2020 (6:00 pm to 8:00 pm)

Description: Urban Planning plays a huge role in how cities are shaped and if communities are able to thrive. Join Next Up for a night with Urban Planning professionals to discuss the basics and the important intersection between planning, accessibility, equity, and justice. The workshop will focus on key topics including gentrification, redlining, transportation, public health, the history of Portland, and more!

Venue: Radio Room, 1101 Northeast Alberta Street Portland, OR 97211

Cost: Free

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Seminar: Outside Advocate: Anti-Bias and Anti-Privilege in the Transportation World

Date: January 25, 2020 (10:00 AM to 2:00 pm)

DescriptionThe Brown Bike Girl invites fellow leaders, advocates, and volunteers of equity and inclusion projects in the cycling, recreation, and mobility community to a seminar addressing building awareness of self, racial context, and the role of bias and privilege can have on the successful implementation of collaborative projects in disadvantaged neighborhoods. This 4 hour seminar will unpack implicit bias and privilege through the lens of historical precedence applied to four traditional approaches to diversity and outreach and engagement commonly used in the cycling, recreation, and active transportation world. Participants will leave with increased understanding of the impact created by traditional approaches, greater ability to assess both their personal and organizational approaches to diversity and equity work, and increased ability to facilitate education in peer and working group settings. Workbooks and lunch will be provided. The seminar is conversational in tone with interactive exercises, and opportunities for questions throughout.

The Brown Bike Girl is a bicycle advocacy consulting firm operated by Courtney Williams, urban planner, experienced ride leader, and former organizer of a major women of color's cycling group. The Brown Girl provides ideas for individuals and institutions that work to promote cycling access and adoption in communities of color.

Venue: The Street Trust, 618 Northwest Glisan Street #401 Portland, OR 97209

Cost: $105

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Summit: Understanding the Local History of Exclusion by Business Diversity Institute

Date: January 27, 2020 (6:00 pm to 8:00 pm)

Description: Have you ever wondered why there are so few businesses owned by people of color in Oregon or why Oregon lacks racial diversity in the first place? This session will explore the laws and practices of the Pacific Northwest and Oregon that have created a history of exclusion. Understanding the past can help us make conscious changes to build an inclusive future.

Venue: 501 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland, OR 97214

Cost: $20

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Lecture Series: Institutional Equity I

Date: January 30, 2020 (9:00am to noon)

Description: The focus of this institutional equity series is to help you see the choices you and your organization make and learn how to foster and engage an applied equity analysis to align your outcomes with your intentions.

Venue: 5033 N Vancouver Avenue, Portland OR 97217

Cost: $240 or Pay what you can

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Lecture Series: Institutional Equity II

Date: January 31, 2020 (9:00am to 4:00 PM)

Description: Session II of this series will explore common racial inequities in the workplace and concrete shifts organizations can make right

Venue: 5033 N Vancouver Avenue, Portland OR 97217

Cost: $240 or Pay what you can

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Workshop: Reframing Racism: Language and Tools for Advancing Equity

Date: January 31, 2020 (5:00 to 9:00 PM)

Description: Reframing Racism provides an opportunity for people to build foundational understanding around equity, diversity and inclusion and understand their role in advancing this work within their personal and professional communities. During the training, participants will explore how race was constructed, build common language around equity, diversity and inclusion, analyze current events, learn new tools to support the advancement of equity and connect with others and participate in a learning community.

Venue: Center for Equity and Inclusion, 5757 SW Macadam Avenue, Portland OR 97239-3787

Cost: $500 + $32.07

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Dialogue: Diversity Dialogues Keynote Speaker: D'Lo

Date: January 31, 2020 (6:00 to 7:30 PM)

Description: D'lo is a queer/transgender Tamil-Sri Lankan American speaker and performer whose work ranges from keynotes and workshops to stand up comedy, from one person shows to poetry and spoken word. The discussion will focus on social justice, queer/trans issues, immigration, family and art.

Venue: Mago Hunt Center, 5000 N Willamette Blvd, Portland, OR 97230

Cost: Free

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Workshop Series: Interrupting Hate in Public Spaces

Date: February 4, 2020 (5:30 to 8:30 PM)

Description: Ensuring the safety of our communities is paramount. Yet public vitriol is skyrocketing, tensions flare at a moment’s notice and Oregon is consistently ranked in the top five states of per capital hate incidents. Participants will learn how to identify, understand and overcome the inhibitions that prevent them from supporting targets of hate. They will learn and use tactics for interrupting verbal hate; while centering and empowering the target. They will understand the risks involved in intervention and how to de-escalate a situation. 

Venue: Brentwood Darlington Community Center, 7211 SE 62nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97206

Cost: Free

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Workshop Series: Understanding & Addressing Islamophobia

Date: February 5, 2020 (6:00 to 8:00 PM)

Description: This workshop teaches the causes and effects of Islamophobia as well as the knowledge, tools, and strategies to address and effectively combat Islamohobia and anti-Muslim prejudice. Participants will leave understanding how to combat Islamophobia, be an ally to Muslims, and create healthy and safe environments free from the effects of Islamophobia. Offered by the Muslim Educational Trust.

Venue: Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, 4815 NE 7th Avenue, Portland OR

Cost: Free

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Webinar: Walkability for All: Putting Equity Into Practice

Date: February 12, 2020 (6:00 to 8:00 PM)

Description: This workshop teaches the causes and effects of Islamophobia as well as the knowledge, tools, and strategies to address and effectively combat Islamohobia and anti-Muslim prejudice. Participants will leave understanding how to combat Islamophobia, be an ally to Muslims, and create healthy and safe environments free from the effects of Islamophobia. Offered by the Muslim Educational Trust.

Venue: Online at 2pm Eastern, 11 am Pacific

Cost: Free

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Workshop Series: The Workplace, Trauma Informed and You: A Workshop for Thrivers

Date: February 21, 2020 (9:00 to 4:30 PM)

Description: Anxiety and stress are affecting millions of Americans everyday. When you are faced with a constant deluge of challenging behaviors at home, work, and everywhere else, it is enough to want to crawl under a rock. Join Health Equity Partners to discuss with Creative Behavior Systems founder Susan Jones. Susan will introduce you to proven methodologies in brain science with a set of supports to help you move through your day to day. You will also learn about continuing restorative practices using a trauma informed, health equity lens. 

Venue: TBD

Cost: $125

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Dialogue Series: Race Matters: A Community Dialogue Series

Date: March 5, 2020 (5:30 - 8:00 pm)

Description: Join Glencoe Elementary School & Mt Tabor Middle School PTAS to build skills and create a welcoming space for everyone to speak openly about the role of race in children's lives. Now, more than ever, we need to be a community that recognizes that systemic racism affects each of us differently, depending on our racial identity; that sees, welcomes, and respond to each of our children for who they are; and that celebrates the diversity of experiences and perspectives that each family brings.

Venue: Taborspace, 5441 Southeast Belmont Street, Portland OR 97215

Cost: Free

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Symposium: 30 Years of Theorizing Justice: Intersectionality, Critical Race Theory and Contemporary Challenges

Date: March 6, 2020 (6:50 to 8:30 PM)

Description: Looking back on its journey in the 30th year, Kimberle Crenshaw will expound on intersectionality through the lens of personal narrative, reflecting on formative experiences that shaped her political consciousness as a woman and as a Black person, and how those anecdotes directly informed her theorization and application of intersectionality. Her observation are grounded against a backdrop of a rapidly deteriorating political environment in which the destabilization of new and old democracies underscore the naivete of celebrating Obama era as "post-racial" and modern discourse as "intersectional" or even "post-intersectional." Kimberlee Crenshaw is a Professor of Law at UCLA and Columbia Law school. She is a leading authority in the area of Civil Rights, Black feminist legal theory, and race, racism and the law. 

Venue: Kaul Auditorium, 3203 Southeast Woodstock Boulevard, Portland, Oregon 97202-8199

Cost: Free

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Story Gathering: Sense of Place: Salmon People: A Confluence Story Gathering

Date: March 18, 2020 (6:50 to 8:30 PM)

Description: At this Story Gathering, speakers will share personal stories about Native Fishing, resource management, and the Columbia River Indigenous cultures. Themes will include principles and practice of climate change and restoration.

Venue: Columbia Center for the Arts, 215 Cascade Avenue, Hood River, OR 97031

Cost: $10

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Workshop Series: Transgender in America 

Date: April 7, 2020 (5:30 to 8:30 PM)

Description: Culturally enforced binary gender role stereotypes have erased the inclusive and expansive understandings of gender identity and expression embraced by indigenous cultures and customs. This oppression has marginalized and silenced the voices of gender expansive children, youth and adults for more than 400 years. “Transgender in America” facilitates conversation and reconsideration of a binary gender understanding through greater awareness of historical events, laws, ideology and personal stories at this time when violence against Transpeople is on the rise.

Venue: SE Uplift, 3534 SE Main Street, Portland OR 97214

Cost: Free

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Workshop Series: The Trauma of Hate Incidents: Impact & Intervention From a Trauma Informed Perspective

Date: June 2, 2020 (5:30 to 8:30 PM)

Description: This workshop offers a trauma-informed perspective on the communal impact of hate incidents and explores trauma-informed psychological and social interventions. Hate based incidents intend to instill trauma not only in individual victims but also entire communities. Anxiety, fear and social alienation therefore operate on both individual and communal levels. The workshop focuses on experiences of communal traumatization as well as communal reactions and responses to hate incidents from a global perspective. Offered by Lutheran Community Services Northwest.

Venue: TBD

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Workshop Series: Intercultural Empathy and Cultural Intelligence

Date: June 2, 2020 (5:30 to 8:30 PM)

Description: Intercultural communication is generally not taught in psychology graduate diversity classes. This is an opportunity to learn about how to “fill a gap” in your training. Bookmark Connections’ workshops focus on incorporating and integrating the intercultural perspective with the complementary social justice approach to diversity work as well. Some of the topics covered include: How intercultural communication (IC) differs from traditional approaches to diversity used in psychology, and why IC and CQ are needed for increased cultural effectiveness; Intercultural sensitivity; Cultural intelligence (CQ) (because EQ is often culture-bound); Key cultural values for an effective cultural analysis; Intercultural empathy skills (it's not the same as regular empathy!); Culture and emotions, language, and cognitive styles; Intercultural conflict and resolution skills.

Venue: Tabor Space, 5441 SE Belmont Street, Portland OR 97215

Cost: $380

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Did you know that PBOT Equity and Inclusion program has a library full of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion books. Email to learn more.