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September 12 | The Opportunity Gap and Community-Led Solutions

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Oregon is experiencing widening socioeconomic disparities, and now, more than at any time in the past several generations, the circumstances into which a child is born largely determine the life he or she achieves. Community- and local-led change is the backbone of transforming our state. Communities across Oregon, whether connected by geography or common experience, can tell stories about who they are and what they value. When these stories focus on strengths, assets and shared values, they harness the power of positive change to address complex challenges. This is especially important in rural communities, low-income communities and communities of color, which all play a pivotal role in designing sustainable solutions.

This forum will focus on highlighting the stories of local Central Oregon organizations and people who have organized to create solutions that work for and because of the communities in which they exist. They highlight how building relationships across diverse communities is a necessary underpinning for efforts to address opportunity gaps. The forum will also focus on mobilizing all of us to create or champion community-engaged solutions.

Extended Q&A: We will continue the conversation directly following the forum with an extended 30 minute Q&A with the speakers for those who wish to stay.

Panelists

Max Williams
CEO and President
Oregon Community Foundation

Christine Walker
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Central Oregon Community College

Peggy Carey
Director of Strategic Initiatives
J Bar J Youth Services

Moderator

Romy Mortensen, VP of Sales and Marketing, Brooks Resources Corp.

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Cost: 
$25 members / $45 non-members. Plated lunch is included.

Registration closes at noon on Monday, September 9.

Registration fees must be paid in advance of the forum.

PRESENTING SPONSORSpinnacle architecture

oregon community foundation

SUPPORTING SPONSORSbuchanan schmid

JACOB FAIN