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Thu, 06/27/2013 - 8:00am to 9:00am
Interview with Dante James Esq, Director of Office of Equity & Human Rights

Join Dante James, Bureau Director and I for an informative conversation regarding the Office of Equity & Human Rights this Thursday, June 27, 2013 from 8:00AM-9:00AM. What is Equity? What is the role of the Office of Equity and Human Rights? The Office of Equity and Human Rights was created by City Ordinance in 2011 
and charged to: • Promote equity and reduce disparities within City government • Provide guidance, education and technical assistance to all bureaus as they develop sustainable methods to build capacity in achieving equitable outcomes and service; • Work with community partners to promote equity and inclusion within Portland and throughout the region, producing measurable improvements and disparity reductions; • Support human rights and opportunities for everyone to achieve their full potential; • Work to resolve issues rooted in bias and discrimination, through research, education, and interventions. The Office of Equity and Human Rights mission is to provide education and technical support to City staff and elected officials, leading to recognition and removal of systemic barriers to fair and just distribution of resources, access and opportunity, starting with issues of race and disability. Dante J. James, Esq has over 25 years of political, non-profit, and legal work in the areas of social justice, civil rights, and government contracting. The father of two, he resided in Denver, Colorado for the last 28 years before coming to Portland to head the Office of Equity and Human Rights. He hopes to continue the work of improving the educational, economic, and workforce opportunities for those who have been historically underrepresented, and to create equal opportunities for all Portlanders. http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oehr/

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