Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council

We are committed to removing barriers to fairness in representation, opportunity, and access in Clackamas County.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Clackamas County

Here at Clackamas County, we have identified three main areas of focus:

  • Civil rights are a class of rights that protect individual freedom. They ensure one's ability to experience equality and opportunity in society and state without discrimination.
  • Equity is the principled commitment to ensuring the absence of visible and invisible barriers to fairness in representation, opportunity.
  • Workforce Character is the commitment the county makes to communicate, train, and hold accountable employee performance based on its core values

Assistant County Administrator Emmett Wheatfall is responsible for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) at Clackamas County. This responsibility comes with the support of the county's elected officials, County Administrator, county departments, and three advisory councils to the Board of County Commissioners.

In 2012, the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners approved the Resolution Valuing Diversity. In this resolution, they affirmed support for the formation of:

  • employee-led Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council (EDIC)
  • community-based Leadership for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council (LEDIC)
  • Diversity Management Council (DMC), made up of department directors from across the county

These 3 advisory councils dedicate volunteer hours to creating, implementing, and advising on equity, diversity and inclusion programming and policy across the county.

Translation, interpretation and hearing accommodations

To help ensure equal access to the county's compliance plans, services, and activities, Clackamas County reasonably provides: translation and interpretation services, accommodations, and auxiliary aids. For these services, complaints, and additional information, contact 503-655-8291, use Oregon Relay Service: 711, or TTY/TDD 503-655-8757.

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

Employee Resource Groups are volunteer-led groups organized around a particular shared interest. They allow employees the chance for workforce development, networking, mentoring, and provide a space for personal and professional awareness. Participation is voluntary.

The Queers and Allies Group (Q&A)

Q&A provides LGBTQ education, engagement and advocacy for Clackamas County employees in order to create awareness and inclusion to empower equitable change in our workplace.

They meet the first Tuesday of each month at noon, in the Juvenile Annex (the modular building at the SE corner of the gravel parking lot across from the PSB).

If you are interested in joining the Q&A group, email co-chairs Kelly Blixhavn at KBlixhavn@clackamas.us and Bentley Moses at LBentleyMoses@clackamas.us.

Annual Reports

View the 2015-2016 Annual Report