Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Lane Workforce Partnership recognizes that diversity, equity, and inclusion are an active process that requires constant commitment. We will continuously strive to reach this vision through aligning services, cultivating collaborative partnerships, supporting community development, and engaging multiple perspectives and voices.

Goals:

  • Enhance understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues
  • Catalyze value-based initiatives
  • Develop effective strategies for recruitment and retention to support a diverse workforce
  • Bring economic justice to the agenda
  • Empower leaders and decisions makers to push boundaries
  • Review of old “best practices”
  • Provide access to safe and none judgmental training
  • Lead by example

Challenges:

  • Micro Aggression
  • Implicit Bias & Unconscious Bias
  • Marginality
  • Oppression
  • Stereotype threat

Resources

Why Focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion?

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the workplace has proven to show a variety of positive results as in bringing different perspectives, increased creativity, higher innovation, faster problem-solving, better decision-making, higher employee engagement, reduced employee turnover, better company reputation, improved hiring results and increased profits.

Current Initiatives:
Lane County Latino a/x Leaders work group came together in partnership with The Oregon Community Foundation – Latino Partnership Program, Palo Alto Software, and Lane Workforce Partnership. Each gathering brings together Latino a/x leaders from different sectors and influences in an engaging forum that encourages personal connections and community-driven solutions.

This group is co-facilitated by Dr. José Meléndez, Assistant Professor of Planning for Engaging Diverse Communities at the University of Oregon’s School of Planning, Public Policy, and Management. 

Mission/Vision Statement

Goals/Themes (no particular order):

  • Community building; within this group, our own Latino a/x community, and more broadly
  • Creating a sense of belonging
  • Jobs and the economy
  • Social capital
  • Education (Birth and Beyond)
  • Leadership and Professional Development; across the entire spectrum
  • Financial literacy and wealth building
  • Leadership support

Lane County is home to approximately 9% Hispanic/Latino that equals to about 32,000 people. Eugene has 51% of the population with the highest concentration in Bethel –Danebo and East Springfield. Lane County has 1,127 Latino a/x owned businesses and Spanish is the 2nd most spoken language. Since 1999 – 2019, there has been an additional 15,167 workers added to the workforce. The demographic breakdown is:

  • 8,512 (Hispanic/Latino)
  • 1,673 (Asian)
  • 1,699 (Two or more races)
  • 1,319 (Black/African American)
  • 1,499 (White)
  • 286 (American Indian/Alaska Native)
  • 178 (Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander)

Want to learn more? Contact Ashley Espinoza