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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The City commits to making sure community members have fair access to our jobs and services.

Program information

  • Statement of Work and Deliverables
  • Project Background
  • Milestones and Upcoming Events
Statement of Work and Deliverables

The City will:

  • Adopt a DEI statement (complete); read it below.
  • Hire a DEI manager (complete). Welcome Denise Johnson!
  • Develop, recruit, hire and retain a DEI workforce.
  • Support community engagement.
  • Support staff and DEI workforce development.
  • Establish a DEI executive subcommittee.

View the full list of deliverables

Project Background

In 2021, Dr. James Mason and the Organizational Cultural Competence Assessment and Training (OCCAT) team finished a diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting project to help the City of Gresham lay a foundation for a long-term DEI program.

Building off of Dr. Mason's recommendations, the City is establishing a full DEI program with specific actions and goals.

Milestones and Upcoming Events
  • In December 2020, the City hired Organizational Cultural Competence Assessment and Training (OCCAT) to begin Phase I of its DEI program. View the statement of work and deliverables in the OCCAT contract.
  • Between March-June 2021, Dr. James Mason held a series of workshops with the Gresham City Council. The group discussed rationale for creating and managing a diverse and inclusive workforce and taking equity into account as it relates to service delivery. Watch the June 15 meeting.
  • In August 2021, Dr. Mason submitted a DEI services program report, explaining how a full DEI program could improve the City's ability to achieve more equitable and inclusive outcomes. Dr. Mason proposed a Phase II work plan.
  • In September, the City began the process to hire a DEI manager. 
  • In fall 2021 and winter 2022, City leadership engaged in DEI training, with staff training to follow.

Contact us

For more information, email DEI Manager Denise or call 503-618-2398.