In 2021, the Oregon Legislature passed and Gov. Brown signed House Bill 2167 – the Racial Justice Council Codification bill. The bill directs state agencies to take racial equity considerations in their plans and actions to promote and practice social justice and fairness for underserved and underrepresented communities.
When building collaborative relationships, the Department of Consumer and Business Services believes it is important to know a community’s most urgent needs so they can be prioritized.
Read our Community Engagement Plan.
Our engagement is intended to:
- Strengthen our accountability to all communities
- Enhance the delivery of DCBS services to underserved and underrepresented communities
- Empower local communities to be part of our decision making
- Build social cohesion with common causes and issues
- Improve the effectiveness of public services in tune with underserved people’s needs (e.g., agricultural housing)
- Create more collective action with underserved and underrepresented communities and community organizations
- Continue to empower underserved and underrepresented communities to have a platform and the chance to speak in their own voices
Each community needs individualized approaches that include listening and shared values. We know that we may not get things correct the first time, but are committed to keep going back and doing better. Due to the nature of our regulatory business, not all programs allow public participation in our decisions; however, we strive to promote positive relationships between the divisions and all of Oregon’s communities.