Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The City of Happy Valley is one of the most diverse communities in Oregon. As of 2021, many residents identify as Asian (22.7 percent), of two or more races (5.9 percent), and/or Hispanic or Latinx (4.4 percent). Diversity is also much more than just race in Happy Valley. The City strongly believes that diverse and vibrant backgrounds, perspectives, and abilities contribute to the health, welfare, and economy of the community. If you are looking for resources on diversity or interested in what steps that City has identified to embrace equity and inclusion, this webpage is for you.
June is Pride Month, a time filled with celebrations and an opportunity to reflect upon the progress made in recognizing and respecting the rights of LGBTQ+ people. Our friends at Happy Valley Library put together a list of book recommendations to help celebrate. Check out the link below to learn more!
Lunar New Year/Chinese New Year (January 22, 2023 – year of the rabbit)
Black History Month
Women’s History Month
International Women’s Day (Mar. 8)
Nowruz (Persian/Iranian New Year) (Mar. 20, 2023)
Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Mental Health Awareness Month
Juneteenth (June 19)
Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept 15-Oct 15)
Indigenous People’s Day (Oct. 9, 2023): gives recognition to the indigenous populations affected by colonization – replaces Columbus Day.
Native American Heritage Month
Need some reading inspiration? You’re in the right place – here are some lists of books hand-picked by your Happy Valley librarians. Check back often, as they will be adding to them regularly. Have a subject you think should be explored with a new booklist? Let your librarian know!
DEI Strategic Plan
In 2021, after over a year of public input from the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force, the City Council approved the DEI Strategic Plan. The City of Happy Valley strongly believes that diverse and vibrant backgrounds, perspectives, and abilities contribute to the health, welfare, and economy of the community. No statement against hatred and bigotry is enough. This work takes consistent and thoughtful actions every day to foster a community that values equity and justice for all. The DEI Strategic Plan demonstrates the City’s commitment to taking these actions.
Task Force Members
David Emami-Council Liaison
Markley Drake-Council Liaison
For more information contact:
Ben Bryant, Assistant City Manager
The City’s formal efforts to recognize DEI as a priority started in 2019 and have taken many steps since, including:
- March 2019: the City Council adopted a proclamation supporting local DEI efforts, as well as encouraging the community discussions that had been started by the United Community Alliance (UCA).
- March 2020: the City Council established a goal to support and foster a community and organizational culture that embraces DEI.
- September 2020: the City Council approved Resolution 20-27 condemning racism, supporting justice and equality, and created the DEI Task Force.
- October 2021: the City Council approved Resolution 21-20 approving the DEI Strategic Plan.
Approving the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan
Condemning Racism, Supporting Justice and Equality, and Authorizing the Creation of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force