October 15, 2019
In our effort to foster a diverse and inclusive workforce, we will hold ourselves accountable by being publicly transparent about our accomplishments, challenges, and the work ahead. The city’s commitment to DEI is reflected in our actions, including these 11 action items.
Last Six Months
- Established a Diversity Dashboard showing how our staff compares to the community.
- Began posting social media messages and the Mayor’s Corner in English and Spanish.
- Installed Born Learning Trail Signs in both Spanish and English in Cook Park.
- Completed 'Access Recreation' training to better understand barriers on our trails and in parks.
- Increased the number of bilingual employees throughout the city.
- Hosted DEI 101 classes.
- Strengthened our recruitment process through blind applicant screening, DEI question bank, and outreach to underrepresented communities.
- Hosted community conversations around equity and affordable housing.
- Provided citywide translation services. Advanced the ADA Transition Project by surveying the community on how the city should prioritize projects that remove barriers for everyone. Created an online survey, 'A Community for All' which asks for input on how the city should prioritize projects that remove barriers for everyone.
Tigard is special because the people who work here who are dedicated to serving our community. We will ensure all our staff and community feel welcome. We all gain when we help support a culture of respect and inclusion for all.
A Welcoming Tigard
by Paula Walker
Imagine that English is not your native language. While you have learned a few words, you cannot read most English sentences. How do you apply for a job? Get a driver’s license? Learn about the local culture without losing your own?
A vibrant Tigard relies on a diverse healthy community that serves all its citizens equally. It recognizes and embraces our differences and encourages people from different backgrounds, races, genders and sexual orientations to become involved in our government and help us connect with each other in a meaningful way.
Leadership begins at the top in order for meaningful change to occur. Recently Mayor Snider wrote a forceful article that clearly upholds the City’s commitment to reject discrimination and racism.
As he said, “I want it to be perfectly clear that Tigard is a community for everyone. We will stand up to hurtful speech and reinforce our efforts to attract a workforce that is representative of our community and our nation.”
The City has taken several steps to shatter barriers to employment. They include improving the recruitment process to make it more equitable to a broad variety of jobseekers.
It will continue to provide diversity awareness training for staff. Employees from a variety of backgrounds are more likely to stay if they feel welcome and included at their workplace.
We have made some progress, but we still have a long way to go to truly be a diverse, equitable and inclusive city that promotes the essence of its vision. A city where people of all ages and abilities enjoy healthy and interconnected lives.
Did you know?
- More than 5,000 people viewed the Mayor’s column about diversity, equity and inclusion, and received a majority of positive responses.
- Nearly one-fifth of Tigard speaks a language other than English.
- The City has sponsored a Latino Festival for the past four years.
- The library has a Spanish story time and two bilingual librarians.
- The Community Development department provides translation services, and attendance at events has grown when interpreters are present.