A Resolution Valuing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Clackamas County

Resolution No. 2015-96

WHEREAS, on July 19, 2012, Clackamas County adopted Resolution No. 2012-73, Valuing Diversity in Clackamas County, in keeping with these values, this is a new Resolution Valuing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Clackamas County; and

WHEREAS, the founding principles of our nation set forth the fundamental ideals of equality, equity and inclusion; the basic right of people to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; and equal protection as expressed in the United States Constitution; and

WHEREAS, the County values the multifaceted ways embracing diversity enables it to be a welcoming and inclusive place to live, work and enjoy life; and

WHEREAS, the County is committed to good governance, quality customer service, nondiscrimination, equal employment opportunity, equal pay, safe and healthy work environments, and cultural awareness; and

WHEREAS, the County does not discriminate in public accommodations; the County welcomes all people to its places of work and service. Everyone should feel welcome at County public facilities and events; and

WHEREAS, the County is committed to promoting equity by calling upon the knowledge and experience of its employees and community members, especially those who serve in advisory capacities as members of the County's diversity councils; and

WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners, County Administration, Executive Management Team, and County Employees are committed to supporting and participating in training opportunities as they pertain to best practices in diversity awareness, equity, workplace harassment prevention, employment law, disability awareness and fair housing.

NOW, THEREFORE, the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners do hereby resolve:

  1. To affirm as matters of principle the values of diversity, equity and inclusion in every aspect of County governance, operations and services rendered to County residents and the public at large; and
  2. To establish by example and leadership the County's commitment to these principles.

Dated this 1st day of October, 2015