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City of Tigard

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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.

Progress Report
February 14, 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.

Last Six Months

  • 5,000+ viewed Mayor Snider’s article on the importance of a cultural diverse workforce.
  • 45 staff completed TigardUniversity which teaches new hires about the city’s culture.
  • 40 staff participated in a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) planning session. 
  • 32 - Number of questions in the DEI interview question bank. At least one question will be asked in each interview.
  • 24/7/365 availability for interpretive and translating services to support all staff in helping customers at counters, in the field or while planning outreach for the community we serve. 
  • 17 staff completed training for the Homeless Point-in-Time which addressed breaking down barriers with all members of our community.
  • 16 staff attended Northwest Regional Diversity Conference in 2018.
  • 2 staff participated in the planning of an Equity/Diversity Summit hosted by the Lake Oswego School District.
  • 1 City Manager (Marty Wine) wrote an article on Why DEI Matters.

Next Six Months

  • Beginning March 1, we will follow a “blind recruitment” which is the practice of removing personally identifiable information from applications.
  • Each department will identify at least one public-facing area to review with an equity lens.
  • Employees will receive training on interrupting and addressing microaggressions.
  • We will strengthen our commitment to the Building Bridges program.
  • A new-hire mentor program will be explored.

Objectives and Key Results

Objectives and Key Results
Achieving objectives requires all parts of the organization to engage in specific, measurable efforts…

 1  Build a workforce that is broadly reflective of the community we serve

  • Increase the overall diversity of job applicants and interviewees
  • Develop an on-boarding process to welcome and support new hires, and educate them about city culture
  • Establish a process to regularly collect demographic information from employees, boards, and commissions to compare to the community we serve

 2  Attract and retain a talented workforce skilled at working together with inclusion

  • Provide DEI training to interested staff at all levels within the City
  • Establish a DEI advisory staff group
  • Establish a communication plan to increase awareness of diversity, equity and inclusion among city staff

 3  Create a space for community conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion to help identify and address barriers within our organizational systems

  • Develop a communication plan for the community to enhance awareness of the city's diversity, equity and inclusion goals and establish a framework for conversations to continue
  • Engage the Committee for Community Engagement (CCE) in DEI conversations
  • Participate in the Lake Oswego Equity Summit where local government, schools and the community will discuss racism and discrimination at the local level
  • Commit to a larger participation in the Building Bridges Program

 4  Create processes, policies, plans, practices, programs and services that meet the diverse needs of those we serve

  • Establish a DEI Directors Team (Lead by City Management)
  • Using an equity lens to audit public processes in every city department

The objectives and key results outlined above will be used as core indicators of progress and measures of success for our first year's efforts around DEI initiatives. The city will report and publish on our website, no less than quarterly, our progress in these areas.

Why Diversity, Equity and Inclusion?

From the City Manager's Desk
Why Diversity, Equity and Inclusion?

City Manager Marty WineA 2019 direction for realizing Tigard’s strategic vision will be to help Tigard become a more inclusive and connected place. If you study the words in the vision, the idea of "all ages and abilities" and "interconnected" naturally suggest including everyone.

First of all, what are we talking about?

Diversity is the presence of difference in a given setting. In the workplace, that is about diverse identities, such as race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, language, age, and sexual orientation. Equity is an approach to ensure everyone has access to the same opportunities. We acknowledge that everyone does not start out from an equal place and that imbalanced access to opportunity needs correction. Inclusion means people with different identities are valued, invited, and welcomed in a setting.

Why is it important to work toward a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive Tigard? Because when we value these efforts, we are stronger for it. Exhibiting and practicing these values will bring more ideas to the city, and produce results that better meet the community we serve. It is becoming increasingly clear that having a diverse team creates a better organization, where people can bring their full selves to their work, and stay fully engaged. Staff who can be fully themselves are more productive, more satisfied, and stay in their jobs longer. Communities that value diversity, equity and inclusion make use of the talents, skills and experiences of the whole community. An inclusive community invites innovative change, opens doors and opportunities for everyone, and grows the talent pool exponentially.

We are better together when we focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.


Demographics

Gender Demographics

The Gender Demographics data incorporates the entire workforce, which includes regular, part-time, temporary and seasonal staff as of July, 2019.



Race Demographics

This infographic shows race/ethnicity demographics of Tigard’s workforce as of July 2019. The data incorporates the entire workforce, which includes regular, part-time, temporary and seasonal staff.

Staff Contact
Dana Bennett
Human Resources Director
503-718-2453
DanaB@tigard-or.gov
Job Opportunities

Message from the Mayor
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

We will create a more inclusive workplace and improve how we serve our growing diverse community. Tigard must become a vibrant, diverse, and livable community that fosters innovation, enriches the lives of all its residents, and embraces intentional community engagement. Read more in the Mayor's Message.
Mayor Jason Snider
Welcome!
At the City of Tigard, we honor our employees’ diversity and the diversity of the community we serve by:
  • Welcoming and including all,
  • Fostering an atmosphere of dignity and respect,
  • Encouraging new ideas and perspectives in a safe environment, and
  • Working with diverse communities to design, deliver, and evaluate services.

We are creating an inclusive and respectful organizational culture that appreciates and supports individual differences. We think Tigard is a place worth coming to and we hope you will agree it is the start of your next great adventure.

Interconnected Community
Through Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) efforts the City of Tigard commits to building a welcoming, equal and just community by:

  • encouraging and supporting a respectful and inclusive culture;
  • recognizing and embracing our differences;
  • identifying and reducing barriers to services; and
  • creating opportunities for connection among city staff and with our diverse community.
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