A volunteer committee convened of representatives from the Beaverton Arts Commission, the Diversity Advisory Board, and the Central, Highland, and Vose Neighborhood Association Committees met in March and April to establish objective evaluation criteria and to conduct initial deliberations on the names submitted. More than 150 suggestions were submitted for consideration. The committee will meet again in May for their final deliberations to narrow down their recommendations to present to City Council for their decision in June.
The city is committed to supporting inclusion by recognizing the contributions of communities of color and our shared history in public spaces. Facilitating a community-led naming process overseen by a representative volunteer committee is an opportunity to further that goal. In an effort to advance the work of the city’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Plan, the committee will also consider suggestions from a list of Indigenous names and words generated through collaborative regional interjurisdictional work on land acknowledgments that is still ongoing. Acknowledgment of diversity in public spaces is a priority area for Community Building & Inclusion under the recommendations laid out in the DEI Plan.