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Downtown Equity & Trauma Informed Care Meet-&-Greet & Mini-Feedback Session

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Lincoln Building - Pine Room

421 Southwest Oak Street

Portland, OR 97204

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WHY/BACKGROUND

Last year, one staff from Office of Diversity and Equity, a staff from Department of Community Justice, and a staff from Department of County Human Services realized we were all working with Trauma Informed Oregon in some way. We decided to start talking with one another and staff from Trauma Informed Oregon about the unique contributions and intersections between our work on equity, trauma informed care, restorative justice, and assertive engagement. Through our conversations, we felt that creating a visual representation would be useful. We hoped that the visual would help convey how these models and frameworks complement each other, and how to better define what it looks like to put each framework into practice (recognizing that, for example, some folks may go through one equity training and feel that they are now doing “equitable” work.)

We know through our networks that many Multnomah County staff are working in these and other areas and thinking about similar questions. You’re receiving this invitation because you’re a Multnomah County staff member who works on equity, trauma informed care, restorative justice, assertive engagement, or other related models, and we want to bring you into the conversation.

Whether or not you use specific language like “trauma informed care” or “restorative justice,” we are interested in bringing together folks like you who are centering the needs of communities impacted by current and historical violence, and working to improve how our systems can serve people on a more human level.

We hope that we can continue to make connections and bridge gaps by starting with two informal Meet-and-Greet and Mini-Feedback sessions.

In these sessions, we hope to:

  • share about the informal work we have been doing
  • receive feedback and hear your thoughts on a draft visual tool
  • connect with others and inspire new partnerships
  • sign folks up for follow up to stay in the loop for future conversations
  • and invite one another to what you’re doing, too!

Anticipated Agenda

  • Meet and greet, engagement opportunities (individual written, conversations starters, etc.) - 20 mins.
  • Brainstorm and Mini-feedback session-50 mins
  • Debrief and next steps, additional time for meet-and-greet - 20 mins

Some of the questions we’ll be asking during our time together:

  • What does equity/TIC/RJ/AE look like in your work? (Or, What other language do you use to describe your work?)
  • What are the greatest barriers?
  • What are your greatest hopes?

Please feel free to reach out with questions!

Thank you,

Katherin Flower, Senior Research and Evaluation Analyst, Office of Diversity and Equity

tash shatz, Assertive Engagement Initiative Director, DCHS Youth and Family Services Division

Rhea DuMont, Restorative Justice Coordinator, Department of Community Justice, Juvenile Services Division

Charlie McNeely, Outreach and Community Engagement Coordinator, Trauma Informed Oregon

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Lincoln Building - Pine Room

421 Southwest Oak Street

Portland, OR 97204

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