Beaverton council adopts diversity plan
Document establishes goals around inclusion and racial equity
The Beaverton City Council on Tuesday unanimously adopted a diversity blueprint to guide its commitment to inclusion and racial equity.
A 13-member Diversity Advisory Board spent the past year crafting its Beaverton Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan.
Whoa, theres a lot there, council member Marc San Soucie told board members before the vote. I really love the wealth of ideas, the wealth of thought that you put into it.
The plan outlines goals and concrete actions in eight key areas, including language access, economic opportunity and city practices. Board members combined existing research and community feedback as they developed the plan.
This is the first time a plan like this has existed for Beaverton and it affects every single person in our community, board member Nael Saker said in a news release.
Participants told the council Tuesday that a third of Beaverton residents are people of color and a quarter were born outside the U.S. About 28 percent of residents speak a language other than English at home.
In the next year, the advisory board will begin implementing some of its recommendations with the help of community partners while setting a longer timeline for other goals.
For more information about the boards recommendations and ongoing work, see BeavertonOregon.gov/DAB.
The board meets publicly at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at The Beaverton Building, 12725 S.W. Millikan Way.