Cultural Inclusion Program
Program Mission & Goals
To help the City of Beaverton become increasingly welcoming, inclusive, representative, and responsive to historically underrepresented and underserved communities, particularly communities of color, immigrants, and refugees.
- Welcoming. Support integration and access to city programs and resources for target communities.
- Inclusive. Lead internal racial equity initiatives to create institutional change.
- Representative. Increase participation of target communities in decision-making and leadership roles.
- Responsive. Ensure that a framework of equity is used to develop key priorities and allocate resources.
The City of Beaverton was honored with the 2016 Public Involvement Best Practices Award recognizing the BOLD Program as an innovative approach to engaging historically underrepresented communities in city government, from IAP2 (International Association for Public Participation).
Congratulations 2016 BOLD graduates! This year's training days finished on May 21 with a special visit by U.S. Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici and a graduation ceremony with families and elected officials.
On Mar 1, City Council unanimously passed the "Resolution to Declare Support for the Muslim Community and Reaffirm Beaverton as a Welcoming City," drafted by the Diversity Advisory Board.
SAVE-THE-DATE for the 2016 Beaverton Night Markets! There will be two markets this year on July 23 and August 13 at The Round.
The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan Year 1 Accomplishments was presented to city council on January 12. The document summarizes progress on implementation of the plan in 2015, including evaluation ratings by the Diversity Advisory Board.
On Oct. 20, City Council adopted a citywide Language Access Policy, which guides translation of vital city documents into several priority languages to meet the needs and ensure the rights of English Language Learners (ELLs) in the City of Beaverton.
To receive City of Beaverton Cultural Inclusion updates:Join Our Email List
Beaverton Organizing and Leadership Development (BOLD)
The BOLD program is a leadership development and civic engagement training for emerging immigrant and refugee leaders and leaders of color in Beaverton. The program is a partnership between the City of Beaverton and Unite Oregon (formerly the Center for Intercultural Organizing) and is a key strategy of the Cultural Inclusion program to boost engagement of underrepresented communities in city governance. Note: applicants must live within the Beaverton city limits.
Applications are closed for 2016. E-mail equity@BeavertonOregon.gov for more information and to let us know you're interested in participating next year!
"Night Market brings the world to Beaverton” Beaverton Valley Times 7/28/16
"Beaverton's BOLD program wins best practices award" Beaverton Valley Times 06/25/16
"Bonamici visits final session of Beaverton BOLD program" Beaverton Valley Times 5/24/2016
"Beaverton council OKs resolution supporting Muslims, tolerance for all" The Oregonian 3/2/2016
"City Council supports Muslim community on Super Tuesday" Beaverton Valley Times 3/2/2016
"Beaverton Naturalization Ceremony Swears in 49 new citizens" The Oregonian 9/15/15
"Beaverton International Night Market Wildly Successful, Very Crowded" The Oregonian 9/13/15
"World Cultures in Spotlight at Beaverton Night Market" Beaverton Valley Times 8/8/15
"Beaverton graduates first all-Spanish speaking emergency response volunteers" Oregon Live 6/10/15
"Beaverton Night Market moved to Sept. 12" Beaverton Valley Times 5/21/15
"Beaverton honored for diversity work" Beaverton Valley Times 3/9/2015
"Beaverton's Diversity Advisory Board plans International Night Market" Beaverton Valley Times 2/11/15
"Beaverton wants to speak the same language as its residents" Oregon Live 1/16/15
"Leadership and development training program tailored to Beaverton's minority communities"
Oregon Live 12/30/14
"How Beaverton is capitalizing on its diversity, inside and out" Oregon Live 10/21/14
"Beaverton leadership program promotes diversity in civic engagement" Oregon Live 07/30/14
|2016||On Mar 1, City Council unanimously passed the "Resolution to Declare Support for the Muslim Community and Reaffirm Beaverton as a Welcoming City," drafted by the Diversity Advisory Board.|
|Diversity Equity and Inclusion Plan Year 1 Accomplishments was presented to City Council on Jan 12. The document summarizes progress on implementation of the plan in 2015, including evaluation ratings by the Diversity Advisory Board.|
|A citywide Language Access Policy was adopted by City Council in October, which guides translation of vital city documents into several languages. In December 2015, the City Council also passed a Title VI Statement for non-discrimination.||
|The Diversity Advisory Board hosts the first-ever Beaverton Night Market, with over 5,000 attendees, 20 vendors, and 9 stage performers. Part of National Welcoming Week which also included a USCIS Naturalization Ceremony, in which 49 individuals from 25 countries became naturalized U.S. citizens.|
|Minority, Women, and Emerging Small Business (MWESB)policy 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.||
|The Cultural Inclusion Program tied for 1st at the 2015 City Cultural Diversity Awards in the population category 25,001-100,000 presented by the National League of Cities.|
|The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan is adopted by City Council.|
|2014||A 13-member Diversity Advisory Board begins their work together with training, staff support and Council liaison.|
|2nd BOLD Program is completed successfully with 22 graduates from more than 11 countries participating.|
|The DAB creates a DRAFT Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Plan with recommendations across 8 key areas for adoption by City Council.|
|2013||Multicultural Community Forum organized by the Diversity Task Force in collaboration with community partners to update priorities.|
|Diversity Advisory Board (DAB) is established as an official standing city advisory board. Special recruitment efforts yield 60 diverse applicants from a variety of communities.|
|2012||Cultural Inclusion Program, permanent Outreach Coordinator position created in the Mayor's Office.|
|City contracts with the Center for Intercultural Organizing to hold the 1st BOLD (Beaverton Organizing and Leadership Development) training for immigrant and refugee leaders.|
|2011||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.||
|2010||Annual staff "Diversity Summits" created with Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District and the Beaverton School District (now called "Equity Seminars")||
|City Services Guide translated (below) into multiple languages to increase access to information about city services|
|2009||Multicultural Community Leadership Forums sponsored by the Mayor’s Office and community partners bring 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.|
Ways to Get Involved
- Support the city’s cultural events: Beaverton International Celebration, Ten Tiny Dances
- Attend a Diversity Advisory Board meeting and participate during “Public Comments”
- Apply to be on a city board or commission
- Contact us to share your ideas!
Beaverton City Services Resource Guide