The Diversity And Civic Leadership Program-Working to increase the voices of all Portlanders.
The Center for CIO Intercultural Organizing-CIO
Over the course of 12 months, PILOT participants convene quarterly for two and a half day weekend retreats where they attend workshops relevant to the experiences of immigrants, refugees, and people of color. Additional joint convening with Latino Network, our partner organization in the Diversity and Civic Leadership Academy, expands cross-organizational relationships and exposes participants to the importance of coalition building.
PILOT also provides a pathway for immigrants and refugees to directly participate in democratic processes through hands-on projects and collective action. During PILOT, participants put their training into practice by learning how to testify at City Council, hold press conferences, participate in public policy deliberation, and implement short term community projects that they design and implement.
NAYA Portland Youth & Elders Council
We come together at monthly general council meetings which serve the Native community in a capacity that a neighborhood association would serve a certain geographical population. We are strong and vibrant and serve on many City and County Commissions, Councils and committees including: Human Rights Commission, PDX Planning Commission, Community/Police Relations Committee, United Way, Portland Indian Leaders Roundtable,Reynolds School District, Elders in Action, Oregon Native Chamber of Commerce, and Housing and Community Development Commission. We are strengthening relationships and bridging generations among our community members, engaging in cross-cultural sharing with our many neighbors in the City and helping to identify the common threads that bind us as community. One of our proudest accomplishments is to advocate for recognition of the historical significance our people hold in Portland public parks, most recently helping to realize a community dream by being part of the purchase of the Portland Public Schools Whitaker Lakerside property which was a historical Chinook Village site called Neerchokikoo and is now home to the Native American Youth and Family Center.
The Urban League of Portland
Additionally, participants work with the Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO) and their PILOT immigrant and refugee participant group on a series of co-trainings to build a cross-cultural coalition. Puentes, or Bridges in Spanish, is an organizing project where we build capacity and develop leadership opportunities for low-income Latinos to be leaders who advocate for the health, well-being, safety, and quality of life of their community. Trainings are on civic engagement, capacity building, leadership development, and involvement in local government, such as testifying to City Council and participating in city and county commissions and boards. Additionally we hold Living Room Dialogues whereby communities work together to dissolve stereotypes, gain deeper understandings and increased collaboration. Dialogues take place between Latinos and members of the police force and between Latino immigrants and the Anglo community. Discussions took place with government officials on the ways to meet the community’s employment and contracting goal. This resulted in government agencies requiring interested prime contractors to attend a mandatory prebid meeting in the Cully neighborhood, the first time a mandatory prebid meeting has been held to support local hiring and minority business contracting.
Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization- IRCO
CIO’s Diversity & Civic Leadership (DCL) program work closely with three communities: the Asian Pacific Islander, Slavic and African immigrant and refugees. IRCO’s DCL pogram works in partnership with the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, the Slavic Coalition of Oregon, African Community Coalition of Oregon, and many other mutual assistance associations.
DCL supports the goal of building the organizational and communication capacity of community organizations of color and immigrant/refugee organizations to build community identity and understanding of existing City governance structure and power dynamics; develop communication structures to encourage and maintain communication among community members and public agencies; develop leadership opportunities to be more effective advocates responding to City public involvement initiatives and policy making needs; foster effective representation on City advisory committees, boards and commissions and neighborhood associations, encourage collaboration and development of partnerships between a wide range of underrepresented community organizations and neighborhood and business associations; and develop culturally appropriate models for how these communities can safely and successfully interact in City processes. IRCO’s signature activity is the ENGAGE Diversity & Civic Leadership Training offered annually. Over 90 community members have graduated this program in 2008-2010, educating, organizing, informing, and engaging a new generation of leaders.
Neighborhood Program Coordinator
1221 SW 4th Ave, Ste 110