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Council Corner

Council Corner – Deadline Approaching to Serve on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Task Force

In the last issue of HV News, the City Council highlighted that a new Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force was in process of being developed. Since then, we have launched the application process and we want to take a minute to encourage as many people as possible to apply. The deadline of Oct. 14 is quickly approaching.

We strongly believe that diverse and vibrant backgrounds, perspectives, and abilities contribute to the health, welfare, and economy of Happy Valley. This new task force will help guide the efforts of the City in undertaking strategic diversity planning and implementing long-term changes to become more diverse, equitable, and inclusive.  We are looking for community members who are passionate about creating opportunities for the City of Happy Valley, and those who are open and willing to challenge themselves and learn about others.

Role of the Task Force

  • Help the City identify and provide services, programs, and events to all members of the community and remove barriers to those services
  • Assist the City’s efforts to reach out to and communicate with individuals from historically marginalized groups
  • Act as a community voice in establishing a DEI Strategic Plan
  • Work with a consultant team, City staff, and elected leaders to develop a structure for DEI accountability and on-going conversations between the community and the City

In addition to the task force, there will also be regular open forums and town halls available to the general public to stay connected to the process and project.

For questions or more information, please contact Ben Bryant, Assistant City Manager at benb@happyvalleyor.gov or 503-886-8440.