Where we're going...
E2 - Equity & Education Coalition
The E2 Coalition was created to take the place of some of the elements that the HRAC addressed and in addition combined Lane County Leadership with delegated county employees to help further equity, access, inclusion, and diversity in Lane County's processes of recruitment, retention, policies, procedures, activities, and programs.
A partnership was created with County should partner with Community Alliance of Lane County, Springfield Alliance for Equality and Respect (CALC/SAfER) and other social justice agencies throughout the county to create a unified response address incidents of bias.
CALC - Community Alliance of Lane County
SAFER - Springfield Alliance for Equality & Respect
In March of 2012, a Bias Response contract was originated with the Springfield Alliance for Equality and Respect (SAfER)/Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC) for Lane County. Around the same time, The County’s Equity and Education (E2) committee was created to take the place of some of the elements that the HRAC addressed.
Where we've been...
Lane County Diversity Timeline
(I am sure there are diversity efforts that have been omitted)
2004-2006 2005 ? 2005? 2011 2012
DAC - Diversity Action Committee
This committee in conjunction with Human Resources, monitored the implementation of the Diversity Action Plan. They also analyzed departments' or divisions' diversity, cultural competency, and equal employment opportunity performance and identify those worthy of acclaim and those needing improvement. The DAC periodically met with the Human Rights Advisory Committee on the progress of the Diversity Action Plan and any issues that may exist related to it or any of its Action Items. In 2011, this committee was sunset and replaced with the E2 Coalition.
DAP - Diversity Action Plan
The Diversity Action Plan was designed as a way to incorporate all aspects of Lane County Government. Lane County as an: Employer, Funder, Service Provider, and Boards and Commissions. The plan included areas of accountability, monitoring, and outcomes grounding the county in the belief of what gets measured gets done.
HRAC - Human Rights Advisory Committee
The Human Rights Advisory Committee (HRAC) was a seven member commission made up of residents who worked to advise Lane County government, educate the community, and respond to incidents of bias. The Commission’s mission was to work so that all Lane County residents and visitors have the opportunity to share in the full benefits and responsibilities of living, working, and visiting Lane County.
This committee assisted the County in recuritment and in solicitating protected class participation on citizen boards, commissions, task forces, and other advisory bodies. They met periocically with the Diversity Action Committee on the progress of the Diversity Action Plan and any issues that may exist related to it or any of its Action Items.
This commission and staff struggled for a while to keep on task with its mission. The discussion on the future of the HRAC went to a county Policies and Procedures committee where they discussed the mission, community need, and the issues with the commission. It was identified that the majority of the issues discussed by the HRAC were regarding County workplace issues which is something that the County Human Resources office addresses. A need still existed to focus on community issues, and to advise the Board of County Commissioners about the status of civil rights issues in the County. In addition, due to budget cuts in County Administration, several positions were eliminated including one position that supported the HRAC.
CAHR – Commission for the Advancement of Human Rights
The Lane County Commission for the Advancement of Human Rights was in here as well…200?-2010ish.
The mission was: Valuing the dignity and worth of all human beings, Lane County is committed to the fair and equal treatment of all persons. Toward that end, we are committed to:
- Ensuring that human rights are a central part of every county program.
- Reflecting and respecting cultural and individual diversity.
- Promoting inclusiveness, justice and equity
Thank you to all current and former employees who participated on any and all of our historical diversity efforts without you we wouldn't be where we are today!
Please note: There have been several efforts towards creating access, inclusion, equity and diversity in various departments and divisions Countywide which may not be mentioned here. Our goal is to highlight and recognize the work of various employees, community members and committees involved in Countywide efforts of diversity to establish a history which will allow us to place more focus on future activities to,
"Make Access, Inclusion, Equity, & Diversity a reality in Lane County."