Vision

Founding Vision

The cities of Lake Oswego, West Linn, Wilsonville, Tigard, and Tualatin are naturally linked through many commonalities, and these communities have begun to deepen partnerships across local city councils, city managers, police departments, school districts, and community organizations. There has been an ever-increasing need to address diversity, equity, and inclusion within all facets of our communities.

Multi-City Equity is a coalition of cities seeking to bring together citizens and public officials around community issues related to racism, discrimination, and exclusion. The focus of our group is to:

  1. Collectively deepen our understanding of how racism, discrimination, and marginalization are experienced in our communities. 
  2. Share ways that our communities are responding to the problem in neighborhoods, schools, and city governments ; and 
  3. Explore ways to address these issues at the local level, creating communities where diversity, equity, and inclusion are valued. 

As an initial step in our journey toward establishing a culture that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion, we held a Multi-City Equity Summit on October 19, 2019. We invited citizen and business leaders, government and police representatives, school teachers and administrators, and residents of all ages who were concerned about inclusion and diversity in our communities to attend. The event was very successful, with around 350 people attending.

The Multi-City Equity coalition is looking forward to 2020. We are seeking to provide opportunities where individual from all backgrounds can gather to learn, engage in meaningful conversation, and take relevant action plans forward to implement change.

For more information please contact David Salerno Owens at salernod@loswego.k12.or.us.