The Lake Oswego School District will participate in a Multi-City Equity Summit Oct. 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lake Oswego High School.
Members of the LOSD worked with other school districts and sponsors in the Portland metro area to put the summit together. West Linn-Wilsonville and Tigard Tualatin school districts are sponsors, as well as the cities of Lake Oswego, Tigard, Tualatin, West Linn and the Lake Oswego and West Linn Police Department. Community organizations from LO and West Linn also sponsored the summit: West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community, Respond to Racism LO and LO for LOve.
"The Multi-City Equity Summit reflects the strength and dedication of many people from our local communities," reads the summit's website. "The inspiration for the summit was an acknowledgment that barriers exist which prevent some people from fully participating in the quality of life that our communities have to offer.
"Barriers to equity can be deliberate, but more often are inadvertent. It is only through examining how we approach diversity, equity, and inclusion that we can recognize these barriers and collectively find a way to remove them."
Founders of the summit say the goal is to provide a forum to, "Collectively deepen our understanding of how racism and discrimination are experienced in our communities; share ways that our communities are responding to the problem in neighborhoods, schools and the city government; and explore ways to address these issues at the local level."
The summit is designed to promote learning, dialogue and action. It will feature speakers, panel discussions, and workshops to help everyone more fully understand where the barriers to equity are and participate in developing plans to break down those barriers.
Citizen and business leaders, government and police representatives, school teachers and administrators, and residents of all ages who are concerned about diversity, equity and inclusion in our communities are welcome to attend.
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