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September 5, 2014

Building Community: An Equitable and Inclusive Approach


Workshop Description

Using a Public Health approach to community development, we will define and adapt theories of equity, diversity and inclusion to the Portland context. Tools for small group analysis – such as models, charts and data – will be distributed to increase participant’s understanding of the social ecology model, the intersectional impact of the Social Determinants of Health on populations, and ways of healing.

Our shared understanding of Oregon’s context will form the starting point from which we will work to identify robust strategies for monitoring and strengthening our state-wide equity, diversification and inclusion initiatives. Given the urgency, our common goal will be to work to promote the greatest opportunity and most equitable (fair) outcomes for all our residents.

Groups will conduct asset-based analyses and brainstorm culturally responsive solutions on poster paper. We will then discuss how to evaluate, implement, and monitor proposed solutions.

About the Presenter(s)

Cat Goughnour is a human rights activist and equity advocate with a MSc Sociology: Race, Ethnicity and Post Colonial Studies from London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London (2009), and a BA Liberal Arts: Social and Political Philosophy from Portland State University (2008).

Cat’s multi-systemic equity work for Portland’s communities focuses on innovating sustainable Public Health interventions for community cohesion and empowerment. As a certified Multnomah County Community Health Worker, facilitator with Resolutions NW/ Uniting to Understand Racism (2013), Office of Equity and Human Rights Equity Training and Dialogue Program participant (2012), Metro consultant, researcher and presenter on equity and racial justice, Cat is deeply committed to helping Oregon’s communities understand how issues of diversity, inclusion and equity affect us all. She employs a solution-focused approach to catalyze meaningful social change.

Stephanie McBride, M.Ed., Board Chair, Resolutions Northwest whose goal is to heal communities through conflict resolution and racial dialoguing. Former high school teacher and teacher educator at Portland State University.


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