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NWPEDC 2017 Workshop Request for Proposals Now Closed



7:30 am – 1:00 pm Registration Open (Portland Ballroom Lobby)
8:00 am – 8:20 am Welcome and Opening Announcements
8:20 am – 8:30 am Ted Talk
8:45 am – 10:15 am General Sessions Period 1
8:45 am – 11:45 am Executive Sessions
10:30 am – 12:00 pm General Sessions Period 2
12:00 pm – 1:40 pm Lunch Service with Award and Keynote Speaker
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm General Sessions Period 3

This year, nineteen leading municipalities have combined resources to present this one-day conference on October 24, 2017 at the Oregon Convention Center. They are Multnomah, Clackamas, Clark and Washington Counties; Cities of Portland, Hillsboro, Gresham, Tigard and Lake Oswego; Metro, Prosper Portland, Home Forward, Portland Public Schools, Oregon Health Authority, TriMet, Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District, Department of Environmental Quality, Beaverton School District, and Bonneville Power Administration.

Who will attend:  Public employees at all organizational levels including line employees, technicians, managers and executives.

This collaboration offers a unique opportunity to cross diverse boundaries in pursuit of a common purpose that promotes the values of inclusion, cultural awareness, and equal opportunity.

We are focusing on the skills and techniques that public employees need to achieve Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the public sector workplace. This is your opportunity to train a large group of public employees to better serve our population. As our conference continues to expand, we welcome new ideas and innovations to enhance public service. In your proposal please outline what contemporary learning techniques will be used to engage conference attendees to actively participate throughout each session.

Presenter Information: The conference is seeking presenters and facilitators to conduct workshops during two (2) 90-minute morning sessions and one (1) 2-hour afternoon session.

If you need to discuss your proposed workshop or require additional information prior to submitting your proposal please contact Carolyn Lee by email at

Past conference programs can be viewed here

All proposals will be reviewed by a panel of conference planning committee members and you may be contacted by one with further questions about your proposal. You will be notified by email if you are selected to present at the conference. Note that all conference presentation materials (handouts, PowerPoint, etc.) must be submitted 3 weeks prior to the event (10/3/2017). Any presenter not sending materials to the Conference Coordinator by that date is subject to cancellation of the presentation.

The conference will also provide selected presenters a complimentary pass to the conference luncheon and keynote address, as well as access to the full day of activities at the conference. All presenters will receive recognition for their contributions. We thank you for helping us to make this conference the best yet.

If you are interested in being a presenter, please complete the online Session Proposal Form no later than July 21, 2017 to be considered.

Preview the online proposal form questions here

Download the official RFP


2017 Robert Phillips Regional Diversity Award – Now Accepting Nominations

Robert Phillips’ name graces this award due to his tireless advocacy of inclusion, diversity, equity, and equal opportunity. Phillips expanded the focus of this conference to include multiple jurisdictions and agencies, growing it into one of the most important diversity events for public employees in the region.

In keeping with the spirit and commitment of Robert Phillips we are seeking nominations where extraordinary contributions have been made in relation to inclusion, diversity, equity, and equal opportunity. This award will honor an employee, work groups, teams or departments that have demonstrated exemplary respect and commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity that went beyond the requirements of day-to-day job performance.

Help us identify and nominate individuals and/or work groups who have raised the bar in supporting, promoting and implementing efforts to bring diversity, equity and inclusion to your government organization. Award recipients must be current, regular employees in good standing of one of the partnering municipalities/agencies.

The Selection Committee is comprised of at least three members of the Northwest Public Employees Diversity Conference Planning Committee and who represent various municipalities. The winner will be notified in advance and will be presented with the award at the conference.

Please fill out the online nomination form and submit your nominations no later than end of business Friday, September 8, 2017 to be eligible. We appreciate your assistance in identifying this year’s recipient of the Robert Phillips Regional Diversity Award.

Preview the questions.


Reason for the Award

This award is named in recognition of Robert Phillips, Multnomah County Affirmative Action Officer, who has worked in the area of equal employment opportunity for over 25 years and has a long history of involvement in the civil rights field. As Director of Multnomah County’s Affirmative Action Office, Robert was responsible for the development of policy initiatives, plans and programs that promoted respectful work environments for diverse employees and assisted the organization in meeting its equal employment opportunity and affirmative action obligations. Additionally, Robert served as a commissioner for the Port of Portland’s Civil Service Commission where he has served for 10 years. His community service includes appointments to the Nike Corporation’s Minority Affairs Advisory Board; Gubernatorial appointments to the State Commission on Black Affairs and the State Board to Register Clinical Social Workers; and service on the Oregon State Bar Affirmative Action Committee.

In 1996, the diversity program he managed for the City of Portland was recognized as a best practice model by People Management Resources, a division of Watson Wyatt Worldwide. Robert was also responsible for initiating the first national conference on performance measures for diversity programs, sponsored by the National Quality Institute. In addition, Robert was a recipient of the 2009 Arthur Flemming Award by the Multnomah County Managers of Color, the Oregon assembly for Black Affairs Political Development Award, the Northwest Conference of Black Elected Officials Leadership Award and the 2009 Northwest Public Employees Diversity Conference Robert Phillips Regional Diversity Award. He was the first public sector African American graduate of the Center of Creative Leadership’s African American Leadership Program.

The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners proclaimed February 28, 2012, as Robert Phillips Appreciation Day in Multnomah County, Oregon. In retirement from Multnomah County, Robert has an encore career during which he will serve as a member of the NW Renal Patients Advisory Board; the Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs Political Convention Planning Committee and the Port of Portland Fire Department Civil Service Board.

This award was created to honor his many contributions in the field of equity for all.


Past Recipients








2016 – Kory Murphy: 2016 Award Insert



Procurement Services





2015 – City of Portland, Procurement Services: 2015 Award Insert












2014 – Victoria Cross: 2014 Award Insert



Carole Smith







2013 – Carole Smith: 2013 Award Insert










2012 – Loretta Young: 2012 Award Insert











2011 – Donny Adair: 2011 Award Insert











2010 – Vera Pool: 2010 Award Insert











2009 – Robert Phillips: 2009 Award Insert



Registration for Conference Sessions Opening September 2017

Registration for the NWPEDC is not open to the public and is available for our sponsoring organizations, or any outside public agencies who have made special arrangements to attend.

Look for your organization’s internal announcement for more information and instructions. For questions, please contact the appropriate planning committee member as follows:

Multnomah County – Victoria Cross:

Clackamas County – Emmett Wheatfall:

City of Portland – Diane Avery:

Prosper Portland

Washington County

Metro – Nyla Moore:

Clark County

Portland Public Schools – Phu Dao:

Department of Environmental Quality – Susan Korn:

Home Forward – Rebecca Koon:

TriMet – Monika Johnson:

City of Hillsboro – Tami Cockeram:

Oregon Health Authority

City of Gresham – Sylvia Cossar:

City of Tigard – Brandi Leos:

City of Lake Oswego – Megan Phelan:

Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District  Kylie Bayer-Fertterer:

Beaverton School District

Bonneville Power Administration 

City of Tualatin 

Oregon Department of Corrections 

City of Beaverton 

All Other – Carolyn Lee:


Beyond Inclusion: Partnerships that Change the Culture of Public Service

Session Description

If you cannot identify with people or a problem, then it’s difficult for you to create policy that can solve it. – Tennessee Rep. Raumesh A. Akbari, District 91

Envisioning an inclusive public engagement and decision-making process asks that we set a new expectation for what community partnerships look like. It starts with a public service culture committed to listening deeply to the people it serves.

It requires a responsiveness and openness to the difficult conversations that emerge from authentic engagement between public agencies and communities. The desired outcome is decisions that better reflect the cultural diversity of the region.

Workshop participants will hear from and engage with community partners, Metro staff from three public engagement efforts and a Metro councilor. Together, workshop participants and facilitators will explore the opportunities, challenges and difficult conversations that push public agency culture change. The workshop program will be framed around the following objectives in Metro’s equity strategy:

  • Establish and strengthen relationships with communities of color

Discover how Centro Cultural de Washington County in Cornelius is helping Metro connect with community members to plan for a future nature park at Chehalem Ridge.

  • Increase accountability by ensuring community involvement in the evaluation and implementation efforts Learn how Metro’s 2018 Regional Transportation Plan update is bringing community leaders to the decision-making table with elected leaders of the region to help create a vision for the transportation system of the future.
  • Increase participation of communities of color in Metro’s decision making

Hear directly from young social justice leaders of Momentum Alliance’s Student Alliance Project and Leveraging Momentum Youth Education Advocates (YEA!) about how their active participation in the development of Metro’s equity strategy helped shape the final plan adopted by the Metro Council in June 2016.

Beyond inclusion: Partnerships that change the culture of public service moves the conversation from planning for inclusion to implementing collaborative and co-created engagement activities that bring voices from communities of color into the decision-making process in authentic and impactful ways. Connecting community to policymakers through shared experiences, problem-solving and opportunities to envision the future of the region together builds the trust and resilient relationships needed in these transformational times.

Participants attending this workshop will learn:

  • Three things every public agency can do to more effectively engage with communities of color – as related by Metro community partners
  • How community partners from each project measure inclusive and meaningful public engagement
  • What community engagement experiences most impact decision-makers and why

Come prepared!

  • Community and staff presenters will be seated with workshop participants in theater-in-the- round format and use an open space to promote access, conversation and connections between presenters and participants.
  • Participants are invited to bring examples of engagement activity and presenters offer suggestions for making activity inclusive and meaningful for their organization or community.
  • Participants are invited to place an inclusion challenge in a fishbowl to be drawn by presenters who facilitate a crowd-sourced solution.

About the Presenter(s)

Speaker Bios


Community Measures

Executive Summary

Voices from the Region


Volunteer Registration Opening Fall of 2017


About Scott Winn

Scott Winn is a faculty member at the University of Washington, School of Social Work where he teaches courses centered on the role of social workers as agents for social and economic change.  He is active with a variety of community groups including the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites and Western States Center. He is a Policy and Development Lead for the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative.  Scott supports institutions, organizations and movements in addressing racism, heterosexism, classism and other forms of oppression through trainings and strategic development.


About Michael Hulshof-Schmidt and Kenya Budd

Michael Hulshof-Schmidt

Michael Hulshof-Schmidt is the Executive Director of Equality Works, NW. Michael’s education includes a Masters in Social Work from Portland State University, and a degree in English from Oglethorpe University. He teaches Social Justice in Portland State University’s School of Social Work. His mission is to create and sustain conversations around race, gender, privilege, and LGBT issues: to speak one’s truth respectfully and with honor.


Kenya Budd

Kenya Budd is an educator and consultant with over 10 years experience in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has trained leaders across sectors and developed measurement tools for organizations, helping improve diversity outcomes. Additionally, Kenya has designed and led peace building projects for communities in  conflict, specifically in Cowlitz and Clark counties in Washington.





About Glenn Harris

Glenn HarrisGlenn Harris has been working on issues of race and social justice for over twenty years He has worked with community groups, foundations, and government agencies dedicated to building a more democratic, and racially equitable society. He is currently the President of the Center for Social Inclusion, a national strategy organization that works to catalyze communities, government, and other institutions to dismantle structural racial inequity and create equitable outcomes for all. CSI develops policy strategies, develops leaders on the ground, and researches how to normalize and reframe conversation on race to promote a more inclusive democracy.

Previously, Glenn worked as the Manager of the City of Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI). The mission of the Race and Social Justice Initiative is to end institutionalized racism in City government and promote multiculturalism and full participation by all residents. Glenn has supported the start of similar initiatives in jurisdictions across the country, and helped to found the regional Governing for Racial Equity Network.

Glenn’s work in the City of Seattle also included the establishment of the Seattle Office of the Community Police Commission and five years as the Southeast District Coordinator for the Department of Neighborhoods.

Glenn came to City government after five years with Western States Center, an intermediary that provides technical assistance and training to organizations working to achieve social change in an eight-state region. Glenn was also the Interim-Director at the MRG Foundation in Portland Oregon, and currently is a board member of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity, and Willamette Valley Law Project, an Oregon based non-profit supporting farmworker rights.


Responding to Microaggressions

Session Description

What are racial microaggressions? How do you spot them? Most importantly, how can you interrupt them in constructive ways that avoid blame, shame, and guilt? This session will use engaging activities to explore what microaggressions are and why they are so harmful, and introduce the key skill of separating impact and intent.

Attendees will walk away with:

– A definition of microaggressions.
– Understanding of the difference between a person’s intent and the impact it may have on someone else.
– Greater skill and comfort with possible responses; by practicing with our scenarios or your own.

About the Presenter(s)

Theresa Logan is Facilitation Program Coordinator for Resolutions Northwest in Portland, Oregon. She provides case management and facilitation services to contract and fee for service cases, by conducting intake and case development interviews, analyzing potential interpersonal, organizational and systemic sources of conflict, identifying the central purpose and objectives for each meeting, designing interactive and engaging processes with agendas tailored to the needs and goals of the group. Theresa supervises a pool of 20+ volunteer and contract facilitators. She also designs and delivers a training and mentoring program for volunteer facilitators. In addition, Theresa co-develops and presents facilitation, equity and basic conflict resolution training curricula.



Interrupting Racial Microaggressions


Intersections: Microaggressions, Race, and LGBTQ Identity

Session Description

Barbara Diamond presents a training that illuminates how well-meaning people perpetuate inequity and highlights avenues for change. This film-based training covers the concept of microaggressions, unintentional slights against minority groups that reflect and maintain larger systems of power. Participants will view Barbara’s engaging documentaries Reveal Moments and What Are You?, which feature employees in the Pacific Northwest who are people of color and LGBTQ. Through group activities and facilitated discussion, participants will learn about microaggressions against people of color and LGBTQ people, as well as the relationships between racism, homophobia, and transphobia. Participants will emerge from the training with a comprehensive understanding of inequality and overlapping minority identities.

About the Presenter(s)

Barbara Diamond is a graduate of NYU Law School. She has practiced labor and employment law in Oregon for over 30 years. In addition to her law practice, Barbara is a diversity and inclusion consultant and trainer, focusing on Implicit Bias. She has presented on implicit bias/microaggression theory in conferences sponsored by the Oregon State Bar, the Oregon Labor Conference, the Teaching with Purpose Conference, and for private organizations and universities.

Marina Moro is an intern for Diamond Law, where she conducts outreach, develops curriculum, and presents trainings. In the past, Marina has worked for Laborers’ Local 483 and the Multicultural Resource Center at Reed College, where she created programming on racial and LGBTQ justice. Marina hails from Gilroy, California, the garlic capital of the world.