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BHR-16.01 - Diversity Development/Affirmative Action Guiding Principles and Strategic Plan

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WHEREAS, the City of Portland (the City) is committed to serving all citizens of the City in the most respectful, effective and efficient manner possible;  and

WHEREAS, the citizens of Portland are becoming increasingly diverse in race, culture, ethnicity and lifestyle;  and

WHEREAS, the City's experience in implementing Affirmative Action Plans to meet its responsibilities under federal affirmative action guidelines and other civil rights legislation has convinced the City of the value of such efforts;  and

WHEREAS, the City is committed to continuing its leadership in providing a model to private business and other local governments to improve employment and service practices and eliminate barriers to inclusion;  and

WHEREAS, the City recognizes that establishing a culture of inclusion in the City;  developing the cultural competency of City employees and increasing the diversity of City employees, is crucial to providing services in a respectful, effective and efficient manner;  and

Whereas, the City has established the Diversity Development/Affirmative Action Office in the Bureau of Human Resources for the purpose of directing the City in its efforts to establish a culture of inclusion, develop the cultural competency of City employees and increase the diversity of its employees.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Portland, a Municipal corporation of the State of Oregon, that the City:
(a) The Diversity Development Guiding Principles , attached hereto as Exhibit A*, are hereby adopted and shall provide direction for implementation of diversity development strategies in the City.
(b) The Diversity Development/Affirmative Action Strategic Plan , attached hereto as Exhibit B*, is hereby adopted.
(c) Affirms the authority of the Bureau of Human Resources Director, in concern with the Diversity Development/Affirmative Action Office, to provide leadership and direction for City-wide implementation of the Strategic Development Plan.
(d) A City-wide Diversity Development Coordination Committee be established as described in the Plan.
(e) City Council and Bureau Directors shall provide leadership and foster diversity development and affirmative action activities and Strategic Plan strategies, including support for training and communication.


Resolution No. 36035.
Adopted by the Council October 17, 2001.

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