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Research

Existing data that informs decision making in Multnomah County inadequately captures the lived experiences of communities of color. Rarely do existing reports include dimensions of race and ethnicity.

Much research has been undertaken without the involvement of those most affected by the decisions guided by the research. The impact is that communities of color are rarely visible at the level of policy.

Data has been used to obscure and oppress rather than to empower communities and eliminate disparities. This is not acceptable, and leads to inequitable policy and devastating outcomes for people of color.

“Communities of Color in Multnomah County: An Unsettling Profile” is the first of a series of reports developed in partnership with Portland State University. The report documents the experiences of communities of color in Multnomah County. The subsequent six reports will be community-specific reports on the African American, African immigrant and refugee, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latino, Native American and Slavic communities.

The results of the report are unsettling. But there is opportunity for creating a new policy environment that supports rather than harms communities of color. The report can arm communities of color with accurate data and advocacy methods needed to communicate effectively to change policies, and provide public agencies with the data necessary to reinvent systems in a fair and equitable manner. We aim to ensure that datasets are culturally sensitive and comprehensive, and to influence research development processes to empower communities and reduce disparities.

Advocating for policy decisions that improve outcomes for people of color is the top priority. We hold institutional and policy reform and the formation of a powerful racial equity advocacy coalition as central to improving outcomes. This report builds an important knowledge base from which to advocate and to educate. Educating our communities and the community at large about the disparities and inequities faced by communities of color is crucial to achieving racial equity.

We seek to unite people in collective action for the advancement of racial equity. It is time to act.



The Asian and Pacific Islander Community in Multnomah County AN Unsettling Profile
The African American Community in Multnomah County:
An Unsettling Profile
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The Asian and Pacific Islander Community in Multnomah County AN Unsettling Profile
The African Immigrant and Refugee Community in Multnomah County:
An Unsettling Profile
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The Asian and Pacific Islander Community in Multnomah County AN Unsettling Profile
The Asian and Pacific Islander Community in Multnomah County:
An Unsettling Profile
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The Latino Community in Multnomah County: AN Unsettling Profile
The Latino Community in
Multnomah County:
An Unsettling Profile
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Philanthropy and Communities of Color in Oregon: from strategic investment to assessable impacts amidst growing racial and ethnic diversity
Philanthropy and Communities of Color
in Oregon:
from strategic investment to assessable impacts amidst growing racial and ethnic diversity
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The Native American Community in Multnomah County: An Unsettling Profile:
The Native American Community in
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An Unsettling Profile
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Communities of Color in Multnomah County
Communities of Color in Multnomah County
An Unsettling Profile
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