Washington County flourishes like no other region in the state as a place to live, work, worship, and play because of its commitment to equity and racial justice as demonstrated by the presence, power and influence of its communities of color.
Increase the level of engagement and impact of people of color in the education, business, and public sectors for the benefit of the entire Washington County community.
The REC has identified three primary strategies to accomplish this goal, each of which depends upon long-term investment from partners who recognize the benefits to Washington County.
1) Develop and strengthen the capacity of culturally-specific nonprofits and allied partners that work to empower communities of color,
2) Establish a foundation that supports the civic, economic, and cultural infrastructure for Washington County’s communities of color; and
3) Increase collaboration between communities of color and existing bodies of leadership across sectors including government, business, and education.
Beaverton Downtown Equity Strategy
In March 2021, VAN was awarded the contract for the Beaverton Downtown Equity Strategy, and will serve as prime convener on a multi-disciplinary project team, which includes four culturally-specific community-based organizations: Adelante Mujeres, Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), Bienestar, Coalition of Communities of Color and the economic consulting firm, ECONorthwest. All of the project team members have substantial histories of partnering with local jurisdictions to develop strategies and tools that advance racial equity. During the project, we will consistently engage residents and businesses in the project area, especially Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) community members.
VAN’s work on this project will provide the City of Beaverton recommendations on how to prevent and mitigate involuntary displacement of residents and businesses, to create an inclusive downtown with amenities desired by communities of color, and to center racial equity in the City’s decision-making processes and community engagement.
Learn more and follow the project updates at Beaverton Downtown Equity Strategy.