Equity and Inclusion Task Team

EQUITY AND INCLUSION TASK TEAM GOAL:  Expand the use of services and increase job placements for under-represented populations, including:  women, minority groups, those over 50, veterans, people with disabilities, and rural communities.

Strategies:

  • Hold equity and inclusion round table discussions with targeted populations
  • Ensure staff are adequately trained in service delivery for all targeted populations
  • Ensure services are user-friendly and appropriate for targeted populations
  • Target outreach activities

Initial Projects:

  • Demographic/Under-represented population data.  Before making any decisions on priorities for the task team, the group asked for a data report on Lane County under-represented populations and utilization of services at WorkSource Lane.  Data was collected from the 2014 American Community Survey as well as from I-Trac.  It should be noted that the economy has changed significantly since 2014.
  • Year One Strategies.  The group would like to focus on expanding services for communities of color and offenders during year one of the 2016 – 2020 Strategic Plan.  It was noted that it is important to have wrap around services that are intentional in nature and do not necessarily exist in the current system.  Between now and June 30, 2017 the group has identified the following activities as priorities:
    • Project:  Assess the current outreach efforts for special populations at WorkSource Lane and identify gaps.
    • Practice targeted outreach to community organizations that represent communities of color or other under-represented populations to inform of opportunities through WorkSource Lane (On-The-Job Training, Training Scholarships, etc.).
      • Performance metric – through targeted outreach, increase the number of training scholarships awarded to individuals of color.
    • Explore ways to expand services to rural communities through technology.
    • Measure job placement, job retention, and income increases for under-represented populations utilizing services at WorkSource Lane.
    • Increase services to offenders through the LEAP 2 Grant and track performance.

 

EQUITY AND INCLUSION TASK TEAM MEMBERS

Travis Brooke (Director of Occupational Health, Cascade Health Solutions); Sabrina Cunliffe (Eugene Branch Manager, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation); Julie Davidson (Senior Manager, Oregon Employment Department); Jacob Fox (Executive Director, Housing and Community Services Agency of Lane County); Angela Peacor (Vice President Human Resources & Organization, Oregon Community Credit Union); John Radich (Lane County District Manager, Oregon Department of Human Services); Eric Richardson (President, Eugene/Springfield NAACP Oregon Chapter); Pat Riggs-Henson (Executive Sectretary/Treasurer, CFO, Lane County Central Labor Chapter); Paul Solomon (Executive Director, Sponsors, Inc.); Jessica McCormick (Workforce Project Manager, Lane Workforce Partnership).