Diversity Outreach Workshops

Diversity Outreach Workshops are CIC-sponsored trainings in which staff from local organizations share successful strategies for conducting outreach to underrepresented populations. 

The 90-minute "brown-bag" workshops are intended to assist county staff and community organizations in creatively expanding their outreach efforts—especially their outreach to a variety of cultural and minority communities. During the workshops, a community or government organization presents their "nuts and bolts" experiences when conducting their outreach to diverse communities. The workshops typically provide information about:

  • Evaluating and improving the effectiveness of the organization's outreach and community involvement efforts
  • Discovering and adopting new strategies for earning greater public trust in the engagement process
  • Specific tools that have and haven't worked when conducting outreach

Trainings take place two to four times a year, at the Multnomah Building and at the Annual Northwest Public Employees Diversity Conference which is held in October. Past program presenters have included Asian Family Center, TransActive Gender Center, Outside In, Janus Youth Programs, Basic Rights Oregon, U.S. Small Business Administration, Oregon Food Bank, Coalition of Communities of Color, Regional Arts & Culture Council, Central City Concern, Community Energy Project, Multnomah Youth Commission, Our United Villages, Vision Into Action, Sisters of the Road, and Elders in Action.

Experience past workshops:

See a summary of tips and Powerpoints about doing equitable outreach and engagement from the Northwest Public Employees Diversity Conference in October 2014. 

See a summary of tips and a Powerpoint from Outside In and Janus Youth Programs in September 2014. 

See a summary of tips from Basic Rights Oregon in February 2014.

See a summary of tips from the U.S. Small Business Administration in August 2013.

See a summary of the workshop about creating inclusive and multicultural partnerships from the Northwest Public Employees Diversity Conference in October 2012.

See Central City Concern's Powerpoint along with a summary of their tips for conducting successful outreach from their workshop in May 2012.

See a summary of tips about expanding collaborations with other organizations that was conducted at the Northwest Public Employees Diversity Conference in October 2011.

See a Powerpoint summary of the workshop conducted by the Community Energy Project in August 2011.

See a summary of the workshop conducted by Elders in Action in February 2011.

See a summary of the workshop conducted by Sisters Of The Road in August 2010.