Washington County commissioners seek public comment as they consider a resolution to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in county government, its budget and decision-making processes and the services provided to the public.
The resolution is expected to begin actions that will unfold over the next two to five years.
A draft resolution is available for public comment now. Commissioners are scheduled to take it up at an evening public meeting on Feb. 25.
Non-Hispanic whites make up two-thirds of its population, but Washington County is Oregon's most diverse.
Among the organizations that have contributed to the groundwork for the resolution are Centro Cultural, Adelante Mujeres, Vision Action Network and the Coalition of Communities of Color. The latter group issued a report in 2018, "Leading with Race: Research Justice in Washington County," which offered recommendations to advance racial equity.
More information, including links to the draft resolution and a survey, can be found here:
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