26th Annual Northwest Public Employees Diversity Conference

Leading with Racial Equity through Action and Accountability

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Portland, OR 97232


This year, twenty-one leading municipalities have combined resources to present this one-day conference on October 8, 2019 at the Oregon Convention Center. This collaboration offers a unique opportunity to cross diverse boundaries in pursuit of a common purpose that promotes the values of inclusion, cultural awareness, and equal opportunity.

Who will attend:  Public employees at all organizational levels including line employees, technicians, managers and executives.

We are focusing on the skills and techniques that public employees need to achieve Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the public sector workplace. This is your opportunity to train a large group of public employees to better serve our population. As our conference continues to expand, we welcome new ideas and innovations to enhance public service.

The conference is seeking proposals for presentations, panel discussions, and workshops that connect with the conference theme: Leading with Racial Equity through Action and Accountability

Accepted proposals will cover one of the following topics*

  • How can government improve its services, engagement, and policies to improve outcomes for residents who experience disparate impacts

  • Best practices for creating an equitable, engaged, and racially just workplace culture

  • What does accountability look like for community and organizational leaders

  • Creating opportunities for diverse youth (e.g. development, programs, internships)

  • Understanding the diverse community you serve - Equitable health and welfare services

  • Strategies for building bridges between African Americans and the police

  • Eradicating anti-blackness in public agencies and social services

  • Racially oppressive culture in the workplace

  • Community response to poverty and racism

  • Intersectional approaches to racial equity

  • How to implement and manage Employee Resource Groups/Affinity groups

  • Trauma for people of color (panel discussion)

  • Trauma informed practice specifically addressing anti-blackness

  • Restorative practices for Human Resources

  • How to engage if you witness a racist act in the workplace (e.g. ouch moments, bystander training, peer to peer accountability)

*We are open to considering a topic that is not listed, as long as it supports our theme.

All presentations must have clear and measurable learning outcomes, and provide attendees with tools for professional growth, regardless of where they may be at in their DEI skill level.

The conference will pay selected presenters an honorarium of $200.00 per session. *Public Sector employees are not eligible for compensation.

We recognize the honorarium scale may not be commensurate with some consultant’s customary charges. However, participation in the conference will provide exposure to public agencies which have continuous needs for training and organizational development services. It also offers an opportunity for consultants to contribute to the community in this region.

The conference will also provide selected presenters with a complimentary pass to the conference luncheon and keynote address, as well as access to the full day of activities at the conference. All presenters will receive recognition for their contributions. We thank you for helping us to make this conference the best yet.

For more information, please contact Carolyn Lee, Conference Coordinator, at carolynjlee13@gmail.com


  • Online submissions opens - Monday, June 3, 2019

  • Online submissions closes - Friday, June 28, 2019

  • Proposal acceptance notification - Friday, August 9, 2019

  • Final presentation outline, headshot(s), bio(s), and additional needs due - Friday, August 30, 2019

  • Deadline for handouts for attendees to download - Friday, September 27, 2019

  • Day of conference - Tuesday, October 8, 2019


  • We ask that presenters conduct either two (2) matching 90-minute sessions in the morning and/or one (1) 2-hour session in the afternoon. All sessions should have at least 20 minutes for questions and discussion.

  • An abstract must be uploaded with your submission.

  • The maximum number of panelists is 4 per panel, including the moderator.

  • All workshops will receive a head table with the appropriate number of chairs, podium with microphone, projector/screen/laptop package, and audio output cables. Additional items (flip charts, markers, etc) must be requested in advance.

  • Presenters must be able to train a large audience - room capacities of 80+


  • Presentations promoting audience participation are encouraged

  • Presenters should successfully manage their time and thoroughly cover the session content

  • The audience should be able to take away tangible tools that they can apply to their workplace

  • Your abstract should clearly match the workshop being presented


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