Harold Two June 30th, 2009
PDC solicited the services of CH2A & Associates, Inc. in June 20, 2006 to help improve the agency’s communication with Portland’s diverse communities, particularly those to whom PDC had not traditionally engaged with. PDC asked CH2A to provide training to the PDC Public Affairs Staff and PDC Community Relations Staff regarding African-American history and experience in Portland.
“Diversity is a resource and necessity; it is not a barrier.” The purpose of our workshop was to help eliminate fear, and establish a “common ground,” focusing on our similarities instead of our differences. Embracing diversity can, and will if utilized properly, open more doors and provide more opportunities than one can imagine. The real issue is that minorities (race, sexual orientation, persons with disabilities, etc.) are being left out and denied access to resources that can better their lives. This, in part, is due to the majority culture’s fear and/or lack of knowledge about how to engage with minorities.