Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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The City of Wilsonville’s staff and elected officials are committed to engaging in a long-term collaboration with the community to develop meaningful, actionable and sustainable strategies to support a more inclusive Wilsonville.

As a critical first step, we invited community members to participate in a moderated listening session, which provided a forum to speak directly to the Wilsonville City Council, City staff and the Wilsonville Police Department about personal experiences with inclusion and aspirations for a more inclusive Wilsonville. .

This community-led dialogue is helping the City -- in collaboration with the community and DEI facilitator Bill de la Cruz -- identify the community's foremost concerns, establish priorities and develop new strategies. The long-term goal is no less than to ensure that Wilsonville is a place where every resident, worker and visitor feels valued and has an equal opportunity to thrive.

In January, the City Council directed City staff to seat a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee to set the City's DEI strategies and serve as a liaison between City Hall and the Wilsonville community. Applications for the committee are being accepted until April 5. >>More info/Más información

We invite community stakeholders of every race, ethnic identity, gender, religion, sexual orientation and ability to join the conversation. To develop a successful long-term approach, we have a vital need to hear from people experiencing exclusion and/or who feel under-represented in local government.

The City of Wilsonville’s staff and elected officials are committed to engaging in a long-term collaboration with the community to develop meaningful, actionable and sustainable strategies to support a more inclusive Wilsonville.

As a critical first step, we invited community members to participate in a moderated listening session, which provided a forum to speak directly to the Wilsonville City Council, City staff and the Wilsonville Police Department about personal experiences with inclusion and aspirations for a more inclusive Wilsonville. .

This community-led dialogue is helping the City -- in collaboration with the community and DEI facilitator Bill de la Cruz -- identify the community's foremost concerns, establish priorities and develop new strategies. The long-term goal is no less than to ensure that Wilsonville is a place where every resident, worker and visitor feels valued and has an equal opportunity to thrive.

In January, the City Council directed City staff to seat a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee to set the City's DEI strategies and serve as a liaison between City Hall and the Wilsonville community. Applications for the committee are being accepted until April 5. >>More info/Más información

We invite community stakeholders of every race, ethnic identity, gender, religion, sexual orientation and ability to join the conversation. To develop a successful long-term approach, we have a vital need to hear from people experiencing exclusion and/or who feel under-represented in local government.

Share Your Experiences and Aspirations

For those unable to attend the Dec. 8 listening session, or who prefer providing input in a less public forum, we invite your comments here.

  • Share your personal experiences in Wilsonville, whether you have felt a sense of inclusion and belonging or exclusion and othering
  • Advocate for steps you'd like to see the City take to address barriers to equity in Wilsonville 
  • Offer how you and other community members might participate in the long-term collaboration to improve Wilsonville

Hearing these stories better prepares us to identify and implement long-term solutions that achieve equity and allow every member of our community to thrive and feel valued. If you're uncomfortable sharing here, you can send feedback anonymously via SurveyMonkey. 

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What about our Native American Indian fellows exhibition to be inclusive to a forgotten about and oftentimes quiet minority.
Rich in history locally it would be nice to hold powwow, fair, speakers, educational, students from Chemawa exhibition, native crafts and history

NMHW 5 months ago

I would like the city to start intercambio sessions at the library, similar to what you see in Tualatin and Beaverton. Google "intercambio oregon library" if you need more information. It's a good place to start for language and culture exchange.

Jason J 6 months ago

Hello -- first and foremost I want to thank the City of Wilsonville for holding this session. I plan to attend, but I'm already involved with the City in this work so I plan to do a fair amount of listening. If I don't get the chance to make the point, I wanted to share how important I feel it is that as 'dig sites' emerge from the 8-December session -- be they housing, policing, education or what have you -- that those who may be affected are always invited to the table to either improve outcomes and/or maintain positive outcomes.

There are some who may feel that 'they know best' about a given City service or policy, but so long as groups in the City are affected by a given service, they maintain the right to have input regarding that service.

Again, many thanks and I look forward to the session next week.

tuffgong7 6 months ago