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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.

Our Commitment

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 decision making.

Washington County’s mission is to provide excellent and cost-effective services that support healthy, peaceful, safe and sustainable communities and encourage meaningful participation in community activities and county governance. As a part of this mission, the County is committed to addressing past and ongoing harm and obstacles certain communities face within county government systems. On February 25, 2020, the Washington County Board of Commissioners voted to adopt the Racial Equity Resolution as County policy. It established the Office of Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement and detailed the formation of an organizational action plan. On August 24, 2021, the Board voted to adopt the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Action Plan.

Racial Equity Resolution

Details the formation of an
organizational action plan to create the Office of Equity, Inclusion and Community Engagement.

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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategic Action Plan

A dynamic plan that outlines EDI deliverables for which the OEICE will provide leadership, policy guidance and project management support.

See Plan

Land Acknowledgement Statement

Acknowledges the people on whose land we live, the Atfalati-Kalapuyans, the first inhabitants of Washington County.

Board Adopts Statement

What We Do

The OEICE works countywide to promote a safe and inclusive workplace with a workforce that reflects the diversity of Washington County. The OEICE also works with all County departments to promote culturally and linguistically appropriate service delivery, identify and address barriers to equal employment opportunities due to race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and identify and mitigate unfair and avoidable differences in access, quality and outcomes of County services. In addition, the County invites and encourages engagement by community members in the decision making that affects policy, programs, services and products. Engagement opportunities include County Board town halls, open houses, community boards and commissions, Civic Leader trainings and more.

Policies, Procedures, Resources


Fair Treatment, Equal Protection, and Nondiscrimination Policy and Procedure

Establishes standards for the fair treatment and equal protection of all people in accessing Washington County programs, activities, benefits and services.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Plan

Advances County’s philosophy of equity, fairness and the belief in the value of all employees and a respect for their differences so that all may realize their full potential.

See Plan

Affirmative Action Plan

Reaffirms the County's commitment to the spirit and letter of affirmative action law.

See Plan

ADA Policy / Compliance and Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Americans with Disabilities Act is a civil rights law prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities. County’s policy ensures all equal opportunity to participate.

Policy 211 (PDF 210.75 KB)
Procedure 211-A (PDF 200.67 KB)
Procedure 211-B (PDF 187.82 KB)
Equitable Community Engagement Policy

Serves as a foundation and guide for staff and contractors on best practices in equitable community engagement when working with the public, to assist them in participating in local decision making.

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Discrimination and Harassment-free Workplace Statement/Policy

Washington County is committed to providing a work environment that is fair, civil and respectful of each person’s dignity.

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Nondiscrimination Statement and Civil Rights Compliance Plan (Title VI)

No person shall be denied the benefits of or be subjected to discrimination in any service provided by or through the County.

See Plan

Language Access Statement and Services

One of the ways the County strives to remove barriers to meaningful access to programs, services and job opportunities is by providing free language assistance.

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Policies, Procedures, Resources


Ethics Matters Hotline - File a Discrimination or Harassment Complaint

Report concerns confidentially or anonymously about the conduct of County employees, officials or agents.

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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 [email protected] with your request.