Chapter 3.128 Office of Equity and Human Rights

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(Chapter replaced by Ordinance No. 184880, effective September 21, 2011.)

3.128.010 Creation and Organization.

There is established the Office of Equity and Human Rights.  The Office of Equity and Human Rights shall consist of the Director and such other employees as the Council may provide.  The Director shall report to the Commissioner in Charge.

3.128.020 Purpose.

The purpose of the Office of Equity and Human Rights is to:


A.  Promote equity and reduce disparities within City government;


B.  Provide guidance, education and technical assistance to all bureaus as they develop sustainable methods to build capacity in achieving equitable outcomes and service;


C.  Work with community partners to promote equity and inclusion within Portland and throughout the region, producing measurable improvements and disparity reductions;


D.  Support human rights and opportunities for everyone to achieve their full potential; and


E.  Work to resolve issues rooted in bias and discrimination, through research, education, and interventions.

3.128.030 Director's Powers and Duties.

The duties of the Director of the Office of Equity and Human Rights include, but are not limited to:


A.  Overall administration of the Office and supervision of its staff;


B.  Implementing the policy directives of the City Council and the Commissioner in Charge, and proposing policies and practices to achieve the purpose of the Office;


C.  Developing an annual work plan to organize and prioritize the work of the Office;


D.  Working with the Human Rights Commission, the Portland Commission on Disability and all other City bureaus, offices, boards and commissions, as well as regional partners in government, business and the community, to increase equitable outcomes and reduce disparities;


E.  Recommending implementation strategies, accountability mechanisms, evaluation standards, and specific actions to the City Council that will achieve the goals of the Portland Plan Equity initiative, and other equity and human rights policies adopted by City Council;


F.  Providing reports to Council and the community annually and as requested.