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Beaverton honored for diversity work

National League of Cities calls Beaverton's work 'remarkable' in giving City Cultural Diversity Award.


SUBMITTED PHOTO - Mayor Denny Doyle (right) and Beaverton City Council members Mark Fagin, Cate Arnold and Lacey Beaty were in Washington, D.C., Monday, where the city was honored with a 2015 City Cultural Diversity Award from the National League of Cities. They are with NLC President Ralph Becker (left) and Joyce Barnard (next to Doyle).Beaverton’s efforts to include people of all cultures got national recognition Monday for its work to enhance and promote cultural diversity.

The National League of Cities (NLC) praised Beaverton’s “remarkable” program in giving it a first-place City Cultural Diversity Award. Beaverton tied with Cupertino, Calif., among cities with between 25,001 and 100,000 people.

“It truly is a shining example of diversity and total community collaboration and partnership,” said Priscilla Tyson, program chair of the 2015 City Cultural Diversity Awards. The award was given March 9 during the Celebrate Diversity breakfast at the NLC Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C.

“Beaverton has made huge strides in supporting diversity, equity and inclusion,” Mayor Denny Doyle said in a news release. “This award honors the guidance and leadership from Beaverton’s communities of color.  I am so happy to see their hard work recognized.”

According to the city, Beaverton’s Cultural Inclusion Program serves as a bridge between city government and historically underrepresented and underserved communities of color to promote racial equity.

In the past year, the city’s program has:

• Established the Diversity Advisory Board to focus on engagement and support of racially and ethnically diverse populations in Beaverton

• Developed and adopted the city’s first Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan, a community-led vision of what it will take to build a more inclusive and equitable city

• Partnered with the Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO) to host the Beaverton Organizing and Leadership Development (BOLD) program, to support emerging immigrant, refugee, and other leaders of color

• Started developing a Minority, Women, and Emerging Small Business (MWESB) policy for city purchasing

• Became the first city in Oregon to join the Welcoming Cities and Counties Initiative, a national coalition focused on supporting local immigrant integration

• Partnered with the Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District and Beaverton School District to organize an equity seminar training series

Doyle accepted the award on behalf of the city at the Celebrate Diversity breakfast.  Councilors Cate Arnold, Lacey Beaty and Mark Fagin also attended.

For more information on the cultural inclusion program, contact Alexis Ball at 503-526-2503 or email aball@BeavertonOregon.gov.


By Eric Apalategui
Beaverton Reporter
503-906-7903
email: eapalategui@commnewspapers.com
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