The CIC's Diversity Outreach Training Program was honored with an Achievement Award by the National Association of Counties at a ceremony on Sunday, July 17th. The Award recognizes the Program's effectiveness and creativity, and also spreads knowledge about it to other counties across the nation.
The Program, which began in 2007, consists of CIC-sponsored trainings with staff from local organizations sharing successful strategies for conducting outreach to underrepresented populations. They 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 trainings, a community or government organization presents their "nuts and bolts" experiences when conducting their outreach to diverse communities. The trainings 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
The trainings are typically 90-minutes and take place two to four times each year at the Multnomah Building and at the Annual Northwest Public Employees Diversity Conference. Past program presenters have included the Multnomah Youth Commission, Our United Villages, Vision Into Action, Sisters of the Road, and Elders in Action.
SPECIAL THANKS TO CIC MEMBER GARY MARSCHKE WHO HAS PLAYED A HUGE ROLE IN THE PROGRAM"S SUCCESS!!!