Community Building Block

Equitable & Inclusive Communities

A community that is empowered is a community that can grow stronger.

Roberto Gamboa
Euvalcree
Community Building Block

Equitable & Inclusive Communities

A community that is empowered is a community that can grow stronger.

Roberto Gamboa Euvalcree

Fostering Inclusive Engagement and Diverse Leadership

Across Oregon, people of color, immigrants and refugees are excluded in ways that create barriers to full civic participation, preventing them from contributing meaningfully in their communities and reducing dialogue about important issues that impact their communities.

Advancing economic and social equity and fostering democracy require equal representation, and without this, we run the risk of making decisions, policies and laws that do not reflect the needs and perspectives of all community members.

Ontario, an Eastern Oregon city that sits near the Idaho border, is remarkably diverse: 40 percent of the population is Latino and 2 percent is Asian. Yet both communities are tremendously underrepresented in civic leadership in Ontario, greatly limiting their power to address or advocate for initiatives that reflect their needs.

To help close this gap, Latino-led nonprofit Euvalcree is creating community cohesion while developing meaningful opportunities for Latino community members to engage civically. The organization hosts culturally-responsive events, trainings and workshops, and implements projects and advocacy efforts to encourage ongoing involvement while motivating community members to pursue civic leadership roles.

To leverage their mission, the organization has established a strong relationship with the City of Ontario, including meeting regularly with City Manager Adam Brown. Evaulcree’s engagement and relationship-building have resulted in the creation of a city Diversity Advisory Committee that connects culturally-specific communities to elected officials, reviews policy and advocates for more civic opportunities for community members.

Euvalcree’s efforts demonstrate how the power of mobilizing for positive change can lead to sustainable outcomes that create a stronger, more inclusive Oregon.

Fostering Inclusive Engagement and Diverse Leadership

Across Oregon, people of color, immigrants and refugees are excluded in ways that create barriers to full civic participation, preventing them from contributing meaningfully in their communities and reducing dialogue about important issues that impact their communities.

Advancing economic and social equity and fostering democracy require equal representation, and without this, we run the risk of making decisions, policies and laws that do not reflect the needs and perspectives of all community members.

Ontario, an Eastern Oregon city that sits near the Idaho border, is remarkably diverse: 40 percent of the population is Latino and 2 percent is Asian. Yet both communities are tremendously underrepresented in civic leadership in Ontario, greatly limiting their power to address or advocate for initiatives that reflect their needs.

To help close this gap, Latino-led nonprofit Euvalcree is creating community cohesion while developing meaningful opportunities for Latino community members to engage civically. The organization hosts culturally-responsive events, trainings and workshops, and implements projects and advocacy efforts to encourage ongoing involvement while motivating community members to pursue civic leadership roles.

To leverage their mission, the organization has established a strong relationship with the City of Ontario, including meeting regularly with City Manager Adam Brown. Evaulcree’s engagement and relationship-building have resulted in the creation of a city Diversity Advisory Committee that connects culturally-specific communities to elected officials, reviews policy and advocates for more civic opportunities for community members.

Euvalcree’s efforts demonstrate how the power of mobilizing for positive change can lead to sustainable outcomes that create a stronger, more inclusive Oregon.

Fostering Inclusive Engagement and Diverse Leadership

Across Oregon, people of color, immigrants and refugees are excluded in ways that create barriers to full civic participation, preventing them from contributing meaningfully in their communities and reducing dialogue about important issues that impact their communities.

Advancing economic and social equity and fostering democracy require equal representation, and without this, we run the risk of making decisions, policies and laws that do not reflect the needs and perspectives of all community members.

Ontario, an Eastern Oregon city that sits near the Idaho border, is remarkably diverse: 40 percent of the population is Latino and 2 percent is Asian. Yet both communities are tremendously underrepresented in civic leadership in Ontario, greatly limiting their power to address or advocate for initiatives that reflect their needs.

To help close this gap, Latino-led nonprofit Euvalcree is creating community cohesion while developing meaningful opportunities for Latino community members to engage civically. The organization hosts culturally-responsive events, trainings and workshops, and implements projects and advocacy efforts to encourage ongoing involvement while motivating community members to pursue civic leadership roles.

To leverage their mission, the organization has established a strong relationship with the City of Ontario, including meeting regularly with City Manager Adam Brown. Evaulcree’s engagement and relationship-building have resulted in the creation of a city Diversity Advisory Committee that connects culturally-specific communities to elected officials, reviews policy and advocates for more civic opportunities for community members.

Euvalcree’s efforts demonstrate how the power of mobilizing for positive change can lead to sustainable outcomes that create a stronger, more inclusive Oregon.

Get the full report

Tracking Oregon's Progress (TOP) is a joint effort of Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) and Oregon State University (OSU) to track Oregon's economic, social and environmental progress. The full 2018 TOP Report includes 'How to Mobilize Communities' and 'Reflections on Community-Driven Solutions.'

Get the full report

Tracking Oregon's Progress (TOP) is a joint effort of Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) and Oregon State University (OSU) to track Oregon's economic, social and environmental progress. The full 2018 TOP Report includes 'How to Mobilize Communities' and 'Reflections on Community-Driven Solutions.'