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 regular members who are appointed for three year terms and up to 3 alternates.Group photo of 2018 Diversity Advisory Board members.

Updates


The 2018 board has selected three focus areas for the year: Housing, Public Safety, and Outreach/Youth Engagement (“Voice of Color”)

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan 2015-2017 Report was released in February 2018. This report provides an update on the city’s progress implementing the original goals and action items in the DEI Plan: Save-the-date for the 2018 Beaverton Night Markets: Saturdays, July 21 and August 11. See the Beaverton Night Market page for more details.

The DAB released an open letter in November 2016 reaffirming Beaverton as a welcoming and inclusive community committed to creating a safe environment for all.

Members of the Diversity Advisory Board maintain an independent Facebook page to share about their activities in the community.

Regular Meetings


When?


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

Meeting dates for 2018: Jan 13*, Feb 12*, Mar 12, Apr 9, May 14, Jun 11, Jul 9, Aug 13, Sep 10, Oct 8, Nov 13, Dec 10

*Jan 13, 2018 is a retreat; 9 AM-4PM; Cooper Mountain Nature Park, 18895 SW Kemmer Rd, Beaverton
*May 14, 2018 location change to Columbia River Room

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
DEI Plan Year 3 Accomplishments Report DEI Plan Year 2 Accomplishments Report DEI Plan Year 1 Accomplishments Report

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