Diversity Advisory Board (DAB)

About


The Diversity Advisory Board (DAB) exists to advise the Mayor and City Council on equity and inclusion strategies that strengthen connections among diverse communities living in Beaverton and with the city government. The board is composed of 13 members who are appointed for three year terms.

Of Note ...


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 DAB.

The Dec 5, 2016 meeting will be held in the Columbia River Rm, 5th floor of City Hall.
November 14, 2016

An Open Letter to City of Beaverton Residents,

As we have shared in the Diversity Advisory Board’s plan for the city: diversity, equity, and inclusion matter because we have a shared fate as individuals within the Beaverton community. Regardless of political views, we feel a tremendous responsibility to reaffirm the values of building a place that is welcoming and embracing of all people. We commit to making our voices heard in a positive and respectful way, while protecting the wellbeing of our communities and our families.

There have been many hurtful words and acts across our nation through the latest election and after. Most important, harassment and intimidation of community members including: people with disabilities, immigrants, the LGBTQ community and marginalized people of color including our Latino/a and Muslim brothers and sisters. We have seen these things not only occur in our neighborhoods, but with our children—and no community should tolerate that behavior.

We will continue to empower communities to know their rights and engage with those who disagree. We believe in the Constitution and the rule of law. We believe in our city and the ability to come together. Despite disagreements, lifestyles, political views, language, color, nationality or any other differences that make us a wonderfully diverse city, we pledge to create a safe environment for all our residents.

Sincerely Yours,

The Beaverton Diversity Advisory Board

See related statement from elected city leaders

Regular Meetings


When?


Every first Monday of the month from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Meeting dates for 2016: Jan 11, Feb 8, Mar 14, Apr 11, May 9, Jun 13, Jul 11, Aug 8, Sep 12, Oct 10, Nov 14, Dec 5
 

Where?


Beaverton City Hall
Council Chambers, 1st Floor
12725 SW Millikan Way
Beaverton OR 97005

Agendas & Minutes


Agendas are available here prior to monthly meetings.
Most Recent Agenda | View All

Prior month's minutes are also available following board approval.
Most Recent Minutes | View All

Can I Participate?


Meetings are public, so please join us! Time for public comment is reserved on the agenda.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Plan


The DAB has accepted the following definitions for their work:

Diversity is the variation of social and cultural identities among people existing together in a defined setting.

Equity is when everyone has access to the opportunities necessary to satisfy their essential needs, advance their well-being and achieve their full potential.

Inclusion means that everyone can participate and everyone belongs.

Diversity Equity Inclusion Plan
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan highlights the following 8 key areas:
  • Language Access
  • Economic Opportunity
  • City Practices
  • Family Support
  • Infrastructure and Livability
  • Community Center
  • Public Safety
  • Health and Wellness

Board Purpose & Duties

  • Advise the City on diversity and equity strategies that strengthen connections among diverse community groups and with city government
  • Assist the City with the generation and implementation of outreach strategies to encourage and foster the participation of Beaverton’s diverse ethnic community members with City government
  • Work with residents, staff and elected officials to develop a diversity, equity and inclusion plan that embraces the City’s goal to build a welcoming and friendly community
  • Promote the City’s efforts to be inclusive of ethnic communities and sponsor opportunities for residents to become more involved on City volunteer committees, boards, commissions, and neighborhood associations, as well as seek employment
  • Make recommendations to the City Council for widespread and ongoing diverse public involvement and to assist the City Council by advising on methods by which Beaverton residents can better participate in the decision-making process
  • Advise the City on public information and materials to ensure they are culturally competent and presented in understandable formats
  • Perform other related duties as directed by the Mayor or the City Council
DAB Ordinance & By-laws Diversity Advisory Board Ordinance and Bylaws

Additional Information


The selection process for new board members happens annually in the fall alongside the city’s other boards and commissions. Applications are accepted throughout the year but will only be reviewed for open vacancies after the application deadline in early October. For more information, please visit: Boards and Commissions Application Process