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Equity and Inclusion Leaders Network

Facing Race: Opportunities for Allies in the Movement for Racial Justice

Ecotrust Conference Center, 2nd Floor 721 NW 9th Avenue
Portland

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Aubrey Harrison, Deputy Director
Basic Rights Oregon

Jennifer Lleras, Trainer & Organizer
Western States Center

Continental Breakfast & Networking at 8:00
Presentation at 8:30

Facing Race is a project to equip Oregonians with a tool to hold their elected officials accountable on the impacts of legislation on communities of color. In the Oregon Facing Race: 2013 Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity, we highlighted five major areas—civil rights and criminal justice, economic justice, education, health, and immigrant and refugee issues. Out of the 21 pieces of legislation evaluated, 18 were passed into law. This is an improvement from the first Facing Race report card in 2011, where only 10 of the 21 racial equity bills were signed into law.

Real solutions exist, and progress is happening. Facing Race is specific on what racial equity looks like and how to create shared benchmarks to measure progress. Western States Center is part of a seven member working group and a coalition of more than 20 community-based organizations to produce this report.

About the Presenters

Aubrey Harrison joined the staff of Basic Rights Oregon in 2007, when she was hired as Portland Metro Field Organizer in Basic Rights’ campaign for domestic partnerships and nondiscrimination. Since then she has managed field for Basic Rights’ safe schools campaign, coordinated Basic Rights’ work in small towns across the state, launched the Trans Justice program, served as Program Director overseeing the Trans Justice and Racial Justice programs, coordinated internal anti-oppression organizational development throughout Basic Rights, and become a general jack-of-all-trades. She currently acts as Deputy Director, ensuring the ongoing strength, visibility, and progress of Basic Rights’ ongoing trans and racial justice work. Born and raised in Oregon, Aubrey is delighted to be part of an organization that has been such a strong force in LGBT communities and progressive politics in her home state.

Jennifer Lleras joined the Western States Center in April 2012 as a Trainer and Organizer. In this role, she works with community-based organizations and leaders across the West to build a progressive movement for social, economic, LGBTQ, and racial justice. WSC Trainers and Organizers work to help organizations build sharp and robust campaigns to win real change in their communities. Jen’s background is deeply rooted in year-round civic engagement. Before joining Western States Center, Jen worked at Basic Rights Oregon as the Project Coordinator on a collaboration with unions to build majority support for Marriage Equality. Before Basic Rights Oregon, she was the Organizing Director at the Oregon Student Association, where she led campaigns to ensure students receive affordable and accessible college education.

About the Network

Most nonprofit leaders want to create inclusive work environments, address social and economic disparities, and engage diverse communities in their programing, yet the path to achieve greater equity is not always clear, and the work can be isolating. Equity and Inclusion Leaders Network brings nonprofit leaders together to share best practices, connect among peers, and engage in deeper learning with thought leaders and practitioners in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Aubrey Harrison, Deputy Director
Basic Rights Oregon

Jennifer Lleras, Trainer & Organizer
Western States Center

Continental Breakfast & Networking at 8:00
Presentation at 8:30

Facing Race is a project to equip Oregonians with a tool to hold their elected officials accountable on the impacts of legislation on communities of color. In the Oregon Facing Race: 2013 Legislative Report Card on Racial Equity, we highlighted five major areas—civil rights and criminal justice, economic justice, education, health, and immigrant and refugee issues. Out of the 21 pieces of legislation evaluated, 18 were passed into law. This is an improvement from the first Facing Race report card in 2011, where only 10 of the 21 racial equity bills were signed into law.

Real solutions exist, and progress is happening. Facing Race is specific on what racial equity looks like and how to create shared benchmarks to measure progress. Western States Center is part of a seven member working group and a coalition of more than 20 community-based organizations to produce this report.

About the Presenters

Aubrey Harrison joined the staff of Basic Rights Oregon in 2007, when she was hired as Portland Metro Field Organizer in Basic Rights’ campaign for domestic partnerships and nondiscrimination. Since then she has managed field for Basic Rights’ safe schools campaign, coordinated Basic Rights’ work in small towns across the state, launched the Trans Justice program, served as Program Director overseeing the Trans Justice and Racial Justice programs, coordinated internal anti-oppression organizational development throughout Basic Rights, and become a general jack-of-all-trades. She currently acts as Deputy Director, ensuring the ongoing strength, visibility, and progress of Basic Rights’ ongoing trans and racial justice work. Born and raised in Oregon, Aubrey is delighted to be part of an organization that has been such a strong force in LGBT communities and progressive politics in her home state.

Jennifer Lleras joined the Western States Center in April 2012 as a Trainer and Organizer. In this role, she works with community-based organizations and leaders across the West to build a progressive movement for social, economic, LGBTQ, and racial justice. WSC Trainers and Organizers work to help organizations build sharp and robust campaigns to win real change in their communities. Jen’s background is deeply rooted in year-round civic engagement. Before joining Western States Center, Jen worked at Basic Rights Oregon as the Project Coordinator on a collaboration with unions to build majority support for Marriage Equality. Before Basic Rights Oregon, she was the Organizing Director at the Oregon Student Association, where she led campaigns to ensure students receive affordable and accessible college education.

About the Network

Most nonprofit leaders want to create inclusive work environments, address social and economic disparities, and engage diverse communities in their programing, yet the path to achieve greater equity is not always clear, and the work can be isolating. Equity and Inclusion Leaders Network brings nonprofit leaders together to share best practices, connect among peers, and engage in deeper learning with thought leaders and practitioners in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

When
February 13th, 2014 from  8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
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Ecotrust Conference Center, 2nd Floor
721 NW 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
Multnomah
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NAO Members $45.00
Nonmembers $50.00
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