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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)

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].

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.

News

Washington County announces $5 million in emergency assistance grants for local nonprofits

Nonprofit organizations based in and serving Washington County are encouraged to apply for emergency assistance grants intended to offset expenses and lost revenues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CPO 12F Kick Off Event in Forest Grove

CPO 12F will host their first community meeting in 17 years with an event in Forest Grove on Wednesday, June 27 at 6:00 p.m. at the Forest Grove Library. A panel of local experts will share strategies for building community support for families. Interpretation services are available for Spanish speakers.