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Beaverton and Portland State to hold Multicultural Community Forum June 1
Author: Center for Public Service
Posted: May 30, 2013


Beaverton will host its first Multicultural Community Forum June 1 to connect members of the city's minority communities to resources and opportunities to get involved.

Community members can access free childcare or translation services during the event if they pre-register by Saturday.

Multicultural Community Forum
What: One-day event for Beaverton's minority populations to learn about city resources and programs.
When: 1 to 5 p.m., June 1. Check-in starts at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Beaverton Community Center, 12350 S.W. Fifth St., Beaverton
Registration: Pre-register by May 25 to sign up for free childcare and translation servicesonline or by calling 971-217-6398.

The event was initially going to be split into two days: one for minority community leaders to share their opinions with the city and one for the city to inform its minority populations about city services.

However, the event was condensed for logistical reasons, said Daniel Vázquez, the city's cultural inclusion coordinator. It will now focus more on city outreach and less on asking for feedback from community members, he said.

"The big part of it is to teach and educate and make folks aware of the different opportunities and different ways that people can get involved here with the city," he said.

Of the city's roughly 91,500 residents, about 30 percent are ethnic minorities.

Representatives from city boards and commissions andneighborhood association committees are scheduled to attend.

The city organized the event in partnership with Portland State University's Center for Public Service, which selected Beaverton for its newPublic Service Innovation Laboratory.

A class of PSU graduate students helped organize the forum and will act as facilitators at the event, Vázquez said.

The city paid between $5,000 and $8,000 to work with the center for six months, starting in January, Vázquez said in February.

Vázquez was hired in October for one year, but his job was made into a permanent position in the proposed city budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1.

-- Nicole Friedman