The Rockwood neighborhood of Gresham is Oregon’s poorest and most diverse community. Rockwood Speaks! opens dialogue among people of different faiths, cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds in Rockwood. Since they began the Rockwood Speaks! series three years ago, Rockwood CDC has engaged more than 700 adults in facilitated conversations about life in this community. Each conversation is culturally-specific. Rockwood Speaks! has been facilitated in English, Spanish, Somali, Tongan, Arabic, Russian, Dinkan and Chuuki.
Portland Art Museum Equity and Inclusion Work
In 2016 the Portland Art Museum enlisted the Center for Equity and Inclusion to guide a cross-departmental team of staff and trustees through a year-long equity and inclusion training. Upon completion of the training, the Portland Art Museum will have an in-house equity team which focuses on deepening expertise in areas of equity and inclusion. The team will develop an equity plan which outlines strategies to integrate equitable practices, policies, and protocols throughout the Museum.
Three-year Commitment to the Intergroup Seder
Emily coordinated and led Portland’s annual Intergroup Seder. Continuing her legacy, each year our Jewish community continues to host guests of diverse faith-based and ethnic communities, sharing the story of the Exodus from Egypt, the foundation of the Jewish people, our values, ethics and traditions. Emily’s Fund has made a three-year commitment to funding the Intergroup Seder, working with the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland to invite everyone to the seder free of charge.
WeLead: Youth-Powered Conversations for Change
Through a grant to Oregon Humanities, Emily’s Fund is sponsoring WeLead: Youth-Powered Conversations for Change. WeLead trains high school students to plan, design and lead conversations on topics that matter most to their communities. The project is a partnership between Oregon Humanities and Catlin Gabel’s PLACE urban studies and leadership program based in North Portland. Program outreach began in winter 2015, with the goal of recruiting students from a variety of Portland-area schools—including Catlin Gabel, Grant, Jefferson, Roosevelt, De La Salle North—and partner community organizations, including Urban League of Portland and Black United Fund.
Strengthening Our Region Through Interfaith Action
In conjunction with Interfaith Council of Greater Portland and Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, this event brought together representatives of Oregon congregations and organizations to discuss issues of common concern such as peace-making, access to mental health and disability support, and climate change. The most important discussion centered on what a statewide interfaith network could achieve as a group. Ongoing discussion continued following this inspirational and informative gathering.
Vancouver Interfaith Breakfast
This gathering of spiritual leaders of many faiths was held at Congregation Kol Ami in Vancouver, where Emily chanted on many High Holy Days. Rev. Brooks Berndt spoke and a lively panel discussion followed.
Ray of Hope
Middle school students from Self-Enhancement Charter School and Portland Jewish Academy came together for a program focusing on the history of both African Americans and Jews in Oregon. Musicians Alika Hope and Ray Morant performed with the theme of Jewish biblical inspiration for African American gospel music, stimulating a discussion of the relationships between African American and Jewish histories and spirits.
Community Discussions on Race and Policing
This series was held at various Multnomah County Libraries and was moderated by professors from Portland-area colleges and the staff of Oregon Humanities. The well-attended discussions were lively and informative and the participants were ethnically and socio-economically diverse.
African American – Jewish Dialogue
A series of dinner conversations moderated by Barbara O’Hare, a friend and prominent member of Portland’s African American community. Many friendships and informal meetings, interactions and gatherings resulted from the dialogue.
Intergroup Seder 2014 and 2015
Oregon Area Jewish Committee 2014 and Jewish Federation of Greater Portland 2015
Portland’s Jewish community hosts guests of diverse faith-based and ethnic communities, sharing the story of the Exodus from Egypt, the foundation of the Jewish people, our values, ethics and traditions. Matzo balls included!
Coalition of Color
The Coalition of Color seeks to recruit and engage more parents of color in the Oregon PTA and in their children’s education. Our grant paid for outreach to parents of color for registration for the PTA’s annual meeting. Donna Maxey, a leader in the PTA’s efforts to recruit more parents of color, received our support to attend a national conference on the subject, bringing effective recruiting techniques and materials back to Oregon.