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Columbia Slough Watershed Council

Racial & Social Equity

Racial & Social Equity

Diversity Statement

The Columbia Slough Watershed Council recognizes that human diversity is a fundamental strength of our community, that racism and oppression have caused long-lasting and grievous harm, and that this is fundamentally relevant to our work. We are committed to engage participants, volunteers, staff, partners, and council members who live, work, and play in the watershed. 

In the summer of 2015, we wrote about our intention to delve into an organization-wide assessment focused on racial equity and inclusive community engagement. Over an 8-month period, Council staff members actively participated in the development of a Racial Equity Action plan based on the findings of our assessment.  Over the past four years, our organization has been making modifications to individual program delivery by prioritizing the needs of our watershed community. You can find the most updated list of goals and actions that we are currently implementing below.

Currently, with the help of partners and regional leaders advancing equity in our region, we’re working on the development of our racial & social equity strategy and our theory of change.  We’re working to develop a transparent program where our objectives have measurable outcomes that do not perpetuate institutional racism.  If you have questions about our process please contact us at or call 503-281-1132.

Resource Description
Equity Action Plan, 2017-18 Update
Latest update to the racial Equity Action Plan originally developed by staff in 2015.