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Diversity at Metro

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Learn about diversity at Metro and the plan that was developed as a blueprint to uphold Metro's organizational value of respect and to reflect understanding of the growing diversity of the region we serve.

Diversity Action Plan

The Diversity Action Plan was adopted by the Metro Council on Nov. 15, 2012.

The plan is a living document, subject to regular review and revisions to better reflect the growing diversity of the region. The evolving plan identifies goals, strategies and actions to increase diversity and cultural competence at Metro in four core areas:

  • internal awareness and diversity sensitivity,
  • employee recruitment and retention,
  • committee membership and public involvement and
  • procurement.

Download the Diversity Action Plan

What is diversity?

Metro defines diversity as the variance or difference amongst people. This variance includes race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, nationality, language preference, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and others. These differences are tied to a variety of other aspects of diversity such as experience, work styles, life experience, education, beliefs and ideas. Honoring these differences while upholding our value for respect is central to our diversity philosophy.

What is Metro's operating philosophy?

Metro's diversity philosophy is built upon a commitment to creating, establishing and maintaining a diverse and inclusive culture through increased internal awareness and diversity sensitivity, employee recruitment and retention, public involvement and citizen advisory committee membership, procurement and accessibility. Metro embraces diversity in such a way that it includes understanding the strength of individual and group differences, respecting the perspectives of others and communicating openly. Metro strives to create an environment where all participants value and celebrate each other's contributions, skills and experience and a workplace where all staff are encouraged to thrive and reach their highest potential.

Implementing the plan

More than 50 staff members from across Metro serve on one of four Diversity Action Plan core area teams. The teams are charged with reviewing, developing and helping to implement strategies in each of the core areas of the plan. A Diversity Advisory Council helps identify, address and remove barriers to carrying out the plan.

View the Diversity Action Plan core area team roster

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Need assistance?

Bill Tolbert, Diversity Program Manager
503-797-1910
bill.tolbert@oregonmetro.gov

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