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Cultural and Social Inclusion

Cultural inclusion is defined by an ability to foster intercultural dialogue by building connections between newcomers and longer-term residents to strengthen relationships and communicate shared values. Accountability for anti-discrimination and support for differences in religious practice or cultural orientation is a central focus. Cultural inclusion spans over many spheres, including health inclusion. The demand for respect of cultural and religious differences deems it necessary to adapt practices to a diversity of cross-sector cultural expressions.

Social inclusion allows for the participation and empowerment of all city residents to engage in community life and actively promotes a sense of belonging and shared identity. This sense of belonging is accomplished in a variety of ways, including but not limited to: demanding access to high quality green space, transportation and housing for all Portlanders, and fostering trust between residents, including newcomers, and local safety agencies.


 
 
 
 

Strategy 1

Improve Upon the Intercultural Awareness  between Newcomers and Receiving Communities and foster social connection.

 
 

Short term expected result: Aggregated results from all supported programs and initiatives indicate a greater sense of belonging and learning by all participants. 

Long term expected result: By December 2020, Portland’s my COM Social Inclusion and Cultural Inclusion results increase by 3% or more. 

ACTIONS

 
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Continue implementation of U.S. cultural orientation for recent General Assistance (GA) recipients from abroad/foreign-born and continue to expand reach beyond GA.

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Ensure that Culture Grams are made available to City of Portland staff and published on the PortLand of Opportunity website and social media.

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Continue to expose all Portlanders to our global neighbors and their traditions through a variety of ways, including the public television show Global Connections.

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highlight reports and best practices to improve/reach racial equity city-wide in multiple ways, including an online central repository (PortLand of Opportunity platform) and a monthly newsletter.