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 of Portland 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 and Civic Leadership Training offered annually.Over 100 community members have participated in this program from 2008 to 2014, 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.

Past ENGAGE Diversity and Civic Leadership workshops include: 

  • ENGAGE Community Emergency Preparedness (with Multnomah County), 2014

  • ENGAGE Survey Civic Engagement Report, 2013

  • Civic Engagement Workshops (on Local Government, Crime Prevention, Housing, Emergency), 2012


For More Information Please Contact:

Sophorn Cheang, sophornc@irco.org

Oleg Kubrakov, olegk@irco.org

Abdiasis Mohamed, abdiasism@irco.org

Patricia Lim-Pardo, patricial@irco.org 

IRCO Asian Family Center

8040 NE Sandy Blvd

Portland, OR 97213

(503) 235-9396

Volunteer Information

Volunteering/internship opportunities available in various capacities