Diversity and Civic Leadership

Program Summary

IRCO’s Diversity and Civic Leadership (DCL) program works in partnership with many coalitions and ethnic mutual assistance associations to foster a new generation of leaders. DCL supports the goal of building the organizational and communication capacity of community organizations of color and immigrant/refugee organizations. Graduates of the program will learn how to build community identity and increase their understanding of existing City governance structure and power dynamics; develop communication structures to encourage and maintain connection between community members and public agencies; develop leadership opportunities to become more effective advocates when responding to City public involvement initiatives and policy making needs; foster effective representation on City advisory committees, boards and commissions, and neighborhood associations; encourage collaboration and development of partnerships between a wide range of underrepresented community organizations and neighborhood and business associations; and develop culturally appropriate models for how these communities can successfully interact in City processes. The program’s signature activity is the ENGAGE Diversity & Civic Leadership Training offered annually. Over 100 community members have participated in this program from 2008 to 2012, educating, organizing, informing, and engaging a new generation of leaders.

There are no specific eligibility requirements; however, we do maintain recruiting focus on communities of color. Participation requires a commitment to being or becoming a leader in the immigrant and refugee community.


Contact: Pei-ru Wang (peiruw@mail.irco.org); Oleg Kubrakov (olegk@mail.irco.org); or Abdiasis Mohamed (Abdiasism@mail.irco.org) for more information.

IRCO Asian Family Center

8040 NE Sandy Blvd

Portland, OR 97213

(503) 235-9396

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