Skip to Main Content View Text-Only

The City of Portland, Oregon

Community & Civic Life

Promote the common good

Main: 503-823-4519

City/County Info: 503-823-4000

TDD: 503-823-6868

1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204

Diversity and Civic Leadership Program

  • Latino Network Volunteers Latino Network youth at Multco budget hearing

  • Strategic planning Urban League participant deep in thought

  • Creating Policy change Urban League project manager Midge Purcell and member in DCL retreat

  • IRCO youth ENGAGE Girls in traditional clothing celebrate their culture

What is the Diversity and Civic Leadership Organizing Project?

This is a capacity building program for underrepresented community-based organizations in order to increase constituent participation in the civic governance of the City. The grantees:
  • Design, develop and implement projects that broaden diverse participation in the City
  • Build constituent identity and communication structures
  • Improve the livability and sense of community with a focus on communities of color, immigrant and refugee communities. 
  • Show demonstrated experience in community organizing, organizational development, leadership development, and communications  


Engaging for Equity: A Report on Portland Diversity and Civic Leadership (DCL) Program, 2007-13

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement invites you to review and provide input on Engaging for Equity: A Report on Portland's Diversity and Civic Leadership Program, 2007-2013. The report documents the accomplishments, lessons learned from this groundbreaking program focused on strengthening the City's engagement, livability, organizational capacity, and self-empowerment for Portland's communities of color, immigrant and refugee communities. With the publication of this report, ONI will facilitate a community discussion in 2015 to receive input on the continued development and potential expansion of the Diversity and Civic Leadership program. This conversation will occur simultaneously with a broader discussion about funding equity for ONI’s community engagement programs taking place with our Bureau/Budget Advisory Committee (BAC).


Project Goals

The goals of the project are to support efforts to build the organizational and communication capacity of community organizations of color and immigrant/refugee organizations to:
  1. Develop culturally appropriate means to build community identity, understanding of existing City governance structures, and skills to analyze City power dynamics.
  2. Develop communication structures to encourage and maintain communication among community members and public agencies to support community building and livability efforts, foster dialogue on policy issues, and opportunities for involvement with the City.
  3. Develop leadership opportunities to be more effective advocates responding to City public involvement initiatives and advancing policies to achieve economic and social equity for their constituencies. 
  4. Create a source of leadership to develop representation on City advisory committees, boards and commissions, neighborhood associations, and a wide array of City public involvement opportunities.
  5. Encourage the development of collaborations and partnerships between a wide-range of underrepresented community organizations, neighborhood and business associations, where there may be opportunities to work on common community and neighborhood livability issues.
  6. Develop culturally appropriate models for how these communities can safely and successfully interact in City processes in meaningful ways that adds value to both their communities and the City.