Metro needs you
Are you passionate about working to advance racial equity throughout greater Portland? Metro is recruiting for three CORE seats to be filled by December 2023. Apply by Friday, Oct. 15.
Metro's Committee on Racial Equity brings together a diverse group of community advocates to advise Metro Council on strategies to advance racial equity across Metro's work areas. Specifically, the committee supports Council by:
- Advising on and evaluating the implementation of the Strategic Plan to Advance Racial, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
- Providing community oversight and opportunities for Metro to have greater accountability to the community on the implementation of the Strategic Plan and its commitments to racial equity
- Maintaining relationships and building trust with communities of color
- Providing a concrete mechanism for keeping Metro accountable to its racial equity goals
- Communicating Metro’s progress in implementing the Strategic Plan and other racial equity strategies.
CORE has established subcommittees to create an opportunity for a deeper level of engagement between committee members and staff. The subcommittee structure will allow CORE members to be in dialogue with staff, contribute diverse expertise to Metro efforts and influence the work while it is happening. The subcommittees will also support CORE in its role in monitoring the progress and implementation of the Strategic Plan to Advance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Subcommittee meetings will occur several times a year and will take the place of full committee meetings at the regularly scheduled date and time on the third Thursday of every month.
CORE has established three subcommittees:
Engages with projects and initiatives that are advancing the Strategic Plan goals that focus on Metro as an employer that hires, retains, and promotes a diverse workforce.
Engages in projects and programs that are advancing Strategic Plan goals that focus on ensuring equitable access to the services, resources, and experiences Metro provides to community members across the region.
Equity metrics subcommittee
Engages with the development of metrics that assess Metro’s progress in implementing the Strategic Plan and other racial equity initiatives. This subcommittee is currently participating in an internal training on the results based accountability methodology.
The Metro Council appointed the first 15 members of CORE in the Spring of 2017. The CORE members bring a number of demonstrated characteristics:
- A commitment to racial equity, social and environmental justice, diversity and inclusion
- The ability to work collaboratively with people of diverse perspectives and experiences
- Connections with local historically marginalized communities
- Experience, skills and knowledge in policy development, evaluation, local government and/or public sector partnerships, procurement, human resources, public participation, service design and delivery, research, education or business
- The ability to represent the geographic and demographic diversity of the region.
CORE members are appointed to a two-year term. They are eligible to be reappointed to a second term.
Meet the current members of CORE