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Office of Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement

We provide leadership and support to the County to advance equity, inclusion and community engagement policies and best practices so that all residents may thrive.

The Office of Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement (OEICE) performs a vital role in ensuring that all Washington County residents have culturally and linguistically appropriate access to the County's services, programs and opportunities to participate in the decision-making.

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Land acknowledgement statement

The following statement was prepared by representatives of Confederate Tribes of Grand Ronde, Nez Perce, Siletz, and Yavapai people and adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on December 14, 2021.

We want to acknowledge the people on whose land we live—the Atfalati-Kalapuyans also known as the Tualatin Band of Kalapuyans—the first inhabitants of Washington County. We are grateful for the land we are on, Kalapuyan land.

Signers of the Willamette Valley Treaty of 1855 were removed from their homelands to the Grand Ronde Indian Reservation. Today their descendants are tribal members of Grand Ronde and Siletz tribes, carrying on the traditions and cultures of their ancestors.

We acknowledge and express gratitude for the ancestors of this place and recognize that we are here because of the sacrifices forced upon them. In remembering these communities, we honor their legacy, their lives, and their continuation in our community. Please reflect on the role government has played in the painful, colonial history and reflect as well on the resilience and healing of the Indigenous land and communities.

We would like to invite everyone to collaborate and work together with the tribes to take care of the land and water and the people who inhabit these spaces.

Language access statement

Washington County strives to remove language barriers to meaningful access of our programs, services and employment opportunities. One of the ways we do this is by providing free language assistance.

Though many important forms and written materials have already been translated into some languages based on anticipated needs in the community, we will make reasonable efforts to have all important forms and written materials translated into any language upon request.

In some circumstances an interpreter may also be made available to assist with important communications.

If you have trouble getting language barriers removed so that you can enjoy meaningful access to Washington County programs, services and employment opportunities, please contact the Office of Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement for assistance.

If you need accommodations or have questions about language assistance, please reach out to Latricia Tillman at [email protected].

Print a "language card" to request language assistance at any in-person event or visit at a County building.

Language card (PDF 2.33 MB)

Language ID Cards

These cards, referred to as “iSpeak” cards, are used to help an individual, who does not speak English, obtain interpretive services. There are 22 different languages represented here.

How to use the cards

Refer to the chart below for available languages. Click to view the card or download the print-ready cards. Once
downloaded, print out the card, preferably on a heavier stock. Index or card stock is suggested. There are two pages, a front and back, in each file. Once printed, cut out the cards using the corner crop marks. Place the two pages back-to-back with adhesive. It’s a good idea to laminate the card for durability.

Use this iSpeak Cards Order Form if you would like a larger quantity of pre-printed cards. This service is free of charge.

Program Flyer (PDF 426.64 KB)
iSpeak Card - Arabic  (PDF 274.66 KB)
iSpeak Card - Dari (PDF 268.51 KB)
iSpeak Card - Farsi (PDF 263.08 KB)
iSpeak Card - German (PDF 197.58 KB)
iSpeak Card - Hindi (PDF 453.4 KB)
iSpeak Card - Hmong (PDF 197.2 KB)
iSpeak Card - Japanese (PDF 464.78 KB)
iSpeak Card - Korean (PDF 255.79 KB)
iSpeak Card - Lao (PDF 1 MB)
iSpeak Card - Nepali (PDF 416.86 KB)
iSpeak Card - Pashto (PDF 255.99 KB)
iSpeak Card - Romanian (PDF 215.8 KB)
iSpeak Card - Russian (PDF 220.27 KB)
iSpeak Card - Somali (PDF 196.38 KB)
iSpeak Card - Spanish (PDF 196.82 KB)
iSpeak Card - Tagalog (PDF 195.99 KB)
iSpeak Card - Telugu (PDF 308.9 KB)
iSpeak Card - Ukranian (PDF 220.37 KB)
iSpeak Card - Vietnamese (PDF 670.72 KB)

Discrimination and harassment-free workplace statement

Washington County is committed to providing a work environment that is fair, civil and respectful of each person’s dignity and is free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, sexual assault or retaliation on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, genetic information, use of protected leave, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, sex, including gender or gender identity, or age.

If you have questions about discrimination, harassment or retaliation in Washington County, please reach out to Latricia Tillman at [email protected].

Discrimination and Harassment-free Workplace Policy
Policy prohibits and establishes procedures to create a work environment free of discrimination, harassment, sexual assault.

Policy (PDF 53.28 KB)

File a Discrimination or Harassment Complaint
The Ethics Matters hotline and web site allow community members to report concerns confidentially or anonymously about the conduct of County employees, officials or agents.

Need assistance?

If you need ADA accommodations, language interpretation or translation, or any other assistance to help you access County services and/or any opportunities for participation, please email our office.


UPDATE Board of Commissioners Town Hall Feb 23 will be virtual only

Due to hazardous weather conditions, the Board of County Commissioners Town Hall scheduled for this evening at 6 p.m. will be held online only.