City Continues Racial Equity Work

Race, equity and social justice are central priorities for the city. Community members as volunteers and partners with staff and Beaverton City Council are critical as we continue to make Beaverton a more welcoming and equitable place. We have more to do to ensure the city reflects the diversity and values of the people whom we serve. 

In July and August, the City Council held a series of work sessions to better understand Beaverton Police Department (BPD) practices and policies, including sessions on the 8 Can’t Wait Initiative, changes by the state legislature related to public safety, school resource officers and police hiring and training standards. 

In August, the city contracted with an outside consultant, Ellen Wyoming DeLoy, to meet with representatives from community organizations representing traditionally marginalized communities and individuals to address crucial issues around public safety, policing, race and accountability. Four sessions were conducted in August and September without city staff present to ensure confidentiality and to connect in a safe and meaningful manner. 

The report can be found at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/beheard. Recommendations include the City Council holding further community conversations, engaging in learning sessions and joining regional racial equity efforts, all resulting in action items. 

The BPD and the Human Rights Advisory Commission (HRAC) continue their joint project “BPD-HRAC Inquiry Sessions.” The sessions are held during HRAC’s regularly scheduled monthly meetings on the first Wednesday of the month. The sessions are a dedicated space for listening and dialogue regarding police operations and policy, response to demands for police reform and consideration of long-term structures for community oversight. 

The Wednesday, Nov. 4, inquiry session will be focused on community oversight and will explore potential use of a community review process. On Wednesday, Dec. 2, the inquiry session will be focused on review and next steps where the commission will consider and finalize recommendations and plans. 

BPD-HRAC topics are chosen by HRAC and may change. Meetings are open to the public and minutes and videos from prior meetings are available at www.BeavertonOregon.gov/HRAC. HRAC will provide a report to City Council in December 2020 or January 2021. 

We are committed to the ongoing 

work and we extend a deep gratitude to the community organizations, Diversity Advisory Board, Human Rights Advisory Commission and all of our residents who have participated in this journey thus far. Stay up to date on our progress and find ways you can be involved in the next steps by visiting www.BeavertonOregon.gov/beheard. 

History of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives 

2009 

Multicultural Community Leadership Forums sponsored by the Mayor’s Office and community partners brought together more than 80 leaders of color to discuss priorities for cultural inclusion. 

Diversity Task Force created as the first ongoing volunteer committee to advise the Mayor’s Office on diversity and equity. 

2010 

Annual staff “Diversity Summits” created with Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District and the Beaverton School District (later called “Equity Seminars”). 

2011 

Diversity Task Force issued report and recommendations.  

Beaverton International Celebration created as an annual celebration of the multitude of diverse racial/ethnic communities that make up Beaverton. 

Community Outreach meetings hosted as another forum for dialogue with communities of color. 

Multicultural Center Feasibility Study conducted to gather information and build momentum for the future center envisioned by the Diversity Task Force. 

City budgeted for first Cultural Inclusion Program staff. 

2012 

Cultural Inclusion Program and one fulltime Outreach position created in the Mayor’s Office. 

City contracted with Unite Oregon to hold the first BOLD (Beaverton Organizing and Leadership Development) training for immigrant and refugee leaders. 

2013 

Multicultural Community Forum organized by the Diversity Task Force in collaboration with community partners to update priorities. 

Diversity Advisory Board was established as an official standing city advisory board. Special recruitment efforts yielded diverse applicants from a variety of communities. 

2014 

The 13-member Diversity Advisory Board began work with training, staff support and a City Council liaison. 

Second BOLD Program is completed successfully with 22 graduates from more than 11 countries participating. 

The Diversity Advisory Board created a draft Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Plan with recommendations across eight key areas for adoption by City Council. 

2015 

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan was adopted by City Council.  

City adopted Title VI nondiscrimination statement. 

Citywide Language Access policy passed. 

City celebrated first Beaverton Welcoming Week. 

Diversity Advisory Board hosts the first Beaverton Night Market, attracting more than 5,000 attendees. 

Minority, Women and Emerging Small Business (MWESB) policy (now called COBID) adopted by City Council and added to City Purchasing Code. 

City of Beaverton declared a Welcoming City, as part of the National Welcoming Cities and Counties initiative. 

Chief’s Breakfast Forum, a two-year initiative to facilitate dialogue between police and communities of color, was initiated. 

The Cultural Inclusion Program tied for first at the 2015 City Cultural Diversity Award in the population category 25,001–100,000 presented by the National League of Cities. 

2016 

Beaverton Night Market doubled in size from first year and attracted an estimated 14,000 attendees. 

BOLD Program recognized with the Public Involvement Best Practices Award from the International Association for Public Participation Cascade Chapter. 

City Council passed welcoming resolution in support of Muslim Community, drafted by the Diversity Advisory Board. 

City’s Internal Equity Team created. 

DEI Plan Year 1 Accomplishments Report published. 

City co-hosted Partners in Diversity’s Say Hey! event at Children’s Museum. 

2017 

City sponsored welcoming grants and convened third annual Welcoming Week celebration. 

Mayor Denny Doyle and City Council joined area elected leaders in joint message combating racism. 

Cultural Inclusion Program hosted the city’s first intern from the Portland Community College Future Connect Program. 

Beaverton officially declared a Sanctuary City. 

Open letters to the community published post-election by the Diversity Advisory Board and elected officials. 

Resolution passed to declare the second Monday of October Indigenous People’s Day in Beaverton. 

2018 

Leading with Race: Research Justice in Washington County report released, in which Beaverton participated and was the first jurisdictional funder. 

Human Rights Advisory Commission proposed and City Council adopted a resolution to affirm that Black and Brown Lives Matter. 

All city staff members attended mandatory half-day “Leading with Equity” training. 

2019 

City Council attended Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training. 

City Council adopted current Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan grounded in the Leading with Race report and focused more narrowly on institutional reforms. 

City expanded bilingual pay policy to match the city’s priority languages.  

2020 

City Council adopts a resolution denouncing racism in which City Council commits itself to eliminating racism in city structures and practices.  

City contracted with an outside consultant, Ellen Wyoming DeLoy, to meet with representatives from community organizations representing traditionally marginalized communities and individuals to address crucial issues around public safety, policing, race and accountability. 

For more information, visit www.BeavertonOregon.gov/culturalinclusion