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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Developing policies that place equity at the forefront takes time, resources, a commitment to learn, and a dedication to be inclusive.

In 2019, the Hillsboro City Council made it a citywide 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.

Read the full 2019 City Council priorities.

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.

We are working on an inclusion and engagement strategy to benefit everyone. Read the "Building Equity and Inclusion in Our City" news article to learn more.

Equity Statement and Public Engagement

The City’s Equity Team drafted an Equity Statement to reflect why our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is central to realizing our mission and core values.

Public Engagement

In August, the Equity Team shared the draft statement and requested comments from community members, employees, and City Council through the following channels: 

  • City website
  • Social media
  • Listening sessions at the Hillsboro libraries and Civic Center

Three Emerging Themes

From the 135 comments and suggestions collected, three themes emerged to help move the Equity Statement forward:

  • Provide greater clarity on the definition of equity.
  • Ensure community members know the City’s Equity Statement is internally focused to guide the City’s work in providing external services to the public.
  • Re-examine terms and wording choices, and revise the Equity Statement with feedback in mind.

Approved Equity Statement

The Hillsboro City Council voted unanimously to approve the official Equity Statement during its December 3, 2019 meeting.

Equity Statement
City of Hillsboro Programs and Projects
Community Partnerships
Equity Events
City of Hillsboro Equity Team

Contact the Equity Team