Why we strive for Equity
Equity of opportunity is the core of what Oregon ON stands for.
Equitable access to resources and opportunity is the means to healthy, economically vibrant people and communities.
In order to be relevant and effective in a rapidly changing and increasingly diverse environment, Oregon ON commits to the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion for all our members and the communities we serve.
We achieve increased innovation, effectiveness and more successful outcomes by listening to, acknowledging and being accountable to the communities we represent and serve.
Recognition of this inclusive and culturally competent model will strengthen our partnerships, value proposition and funding base.
Desired Future State
By the end of 2018, Oregon ON will:
Interim Equity Workplan
Our path toward equity:
Oregon ON's Equity Committee
We are grateful to the commitment of our equity team, which has been working together since 2014 and includes representation from Oregon ON's Board, staff, and membership:
Ruth Adkins, Oregon ON Staff
Robin Boyce, Housing Development Center/Oregon ON Board member
Stacey Daniel, NeighborWorks Umpqua/Oregon ON Board member
Roberto Jiménez, Evolve Workforce and Multi-Family Housing Services
Travis Phillips, Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives (PCRI)
Felicia Tripp, Portland Housing Center
Tanya Wolfersperger, Oregon ON Staff
Racial Equity Lens
(source: Portland Public Schools)Objective: By utilizing a racial equity lens, Oregon Opportunity Network aims to (a) provide a common vocabulary and protocol for evaluating policies, programs, practices and decisions for racial equity and (b) produce policies, programs, practices and decisions which result in more equitable outcomes.
Procedure: For any policy, program, practice or decision, consider the following five questions:
1. Who are the racial/ethnic groups affected by this policy, program, practice or decision? And what are the potential impacts on these groups?
2. Does this policy, program, practice or decision ignore or worsen existing disparities or produce other unintended consequences?
3. How have you intentionally involved stakeholders who are also members of the communities affected by this policy, program, practice or decision? Can you validate your assessments in (1) and (2)?
4 What are the barriers to more equitable outcomes? (e.g. geographic, mandated, political, emotional, financial, programmatic or managerial)5. How will you (a) mitigate the negative impacts and (b) address the barriers identified above?