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Board will help increase diversity among boards, commissions and expand engagement with diverse communities.

The Lake Oswego City Council took a huge leap forward in its work around diversity Tuesday evening.

During the April 6 meeting, the council approved an ordinance that established a permanent Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board.

A permanent board was one of the many recommendations that came before the council from the DEI Task Force last year.

According to the city's staff report, the board will implement the task force's recommendations, help increase engagement to diverse communities and enhance diversity among boards, commissions and other civic volunteer opportunities.

The board will consist of nine members who will serve staggered terms, "with 3 one-year terms, 3 two-year terms, and 3 three-year terms," the staff report read.

Out of those nine members, the board will include two youth members who will have the opportunity to serve one-year terms with the option for an additional year. To become a member, a person must reside in Lake Oswego, own a business in the city or be employed full time in the city.

"Once the ordinance is adopted, staff will ensure that recruitment for the DEI Advisory Board is included in the boards and Commissions recruitment process. The DEI Advisory Board will be staffed by the City's Equity Program Manager," the staff report read. "Staff recommends that at least one member of the former DEI Task Force sit on the interview panel and participate in the recommendation of appointment of the DEI Advisory Board members to the Council."

The city plans to eventually hire an equity program manager.

For more information, visit the city's website.

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