Participación de la Comunidad (Community Participation)

The Latino population in Oregon has experienced a rise from 275,314 in 2000 to 497,133 in 2017, a 44.6% increase. With the rising number of Latinos, the nonprofit sector is working hard to catch up to fill gaps in services provided by a wide array of organizations. This session will explore RDI’s ongoing endeavor of its equity, diversity, and inclusion journey by sharing our experience, learning, and successes, beginning from our board’s initial proposition to engage in this organizational change, to the current program adaptation efforts that promote more culturally responsible programming for the Latino sectors of our communities.


Christian J. Vazquez Rivera
Bilingual Program Manager, Rural Development Initiatives

Maria A. Verano
Bilingual Program Coordinator, Rural Development Initiatives

Gustavo Morales
Executive Director, EUVALCREE

Track: Rural Leadership Networks

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