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Hillsboro Announces Draft Equity Statement
Two “listening sessions” in August will encourage community input
Hillsboro’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is taking a significant step forward. The City of Hillsboro has announced a Draft Equity Statement and a schedule for public engagement on the statement.
Community members are invited to get an early look at the Draft Equity Statement and share their ideas and perspectives on what an inclusive city looks like during two upcoming listening sessions:
Saturday, August 17
12 pm to 1:30 pm
Shute Park Library
Thursday, August 22
5 to 6:30 pm
The drop-in events will feature copies of the Draft Equity Statement and an explanation of how the City of Hillsboro’s Equity Team — a collaboration of City employees from multiple departments — developed the statement. Attendees will be able to talk with Equity Team members, ask questions, and share their insight about equity and inclusivity.
Draft Equity Statement
"Equity is central to the City of Hillsboro’s mission and core values. Equity, particularly racial equity, is essential to providing exceptional public services and creating an inclusive and safe work environment for everyone.
Equity is the pursuit of equality. We strive to advance equity work in Hillsboro by identifying disparate social and economic outcomes, by centering those who have historically been left out of the decision making process, and by removing barriers to end disparities and achieve equality.
The City recognizes that people of color and other communities have been historically marginalized and excluded – both intentionally and unintentionally – from constructing the institutions that govern our lives and the services we depend on to protect our health, safety, and well-being. We further acknowledge that structural and cultural barriers impact access to, and representation in, City government.
Without an intentional focus on equity, we will continue to perpetuate and deepen inequality. We must ensure that all people in Hillsboro experience a sense of belonging, prosperity, and happiness, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, or other individual identities.
To realize our mission and core values, the City of Hillsboro commits to integrating equity into the fabric of our organization and the delivery of public services in pursuit of equal, fair, and just outcomes for all."
“Equity is the foundation for a healthy and strong community,” said Mayor Steve Callaway. “Those who live here, work here, or visit here all benefit when our city works to achieve equity for our entire community.”
The Council will also hold two Work Sessions to discuss the Draft Equity Statement and community engagement on Tuesday, August 6, and again on Tuesday, September 3. Both Council Work Sessions begin at 6 pm. Community members are invited to listen and observe, without commenting. Time is dedicated for public comment time during the 7 pm City Council meeting.
For those unable to attend the listening sessions, a new Equity webpage on the City of Hillsboro’s website — Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/Equity — includes a link to the Draft Equity Statement.
The webpage also includes a form to submit comments, and highlights of ongoing programs, events, and community partnerships that support the City’s priorities and principles.
Council Priorities and Principles
In 2019, the Hillsboro City Council made it a priority to “Support diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in City policy-making and in the delivery of services by adopting an equity statement, continuing DEI training, and utilizing an equity lens.”
The City Council also declared it a guiding principle to “Instill diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential parts of policy-making and the delivery of City services.”