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News & Updates

Aug 28

COIC and CET Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Initiatives

Author: Derek Hofbauer | Posted on

The unsettling and shocking events that have occurred recently in Bend, as well as nationally, have provided an opportunity for Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC) to reflect and chart a path forward—alongside community partners—to identify and implement new policies and practices that advance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) initiatives. While we acknowledge that this is a process of ongoing learning, we aspire to adopt equitable and transparent DEI policies and practices that are guided by our organizational mission and rooted in our values.

COIC, a regional Council of Governments that operates Cascades East Transit (CET), recently conducted a DEI assessment with its staff members to identify current awareness of and engagement with DEI principles and practices. COIC is currently working with a consultant to develop and implement DEI practices and policies that will foster greater support, compassion, and services to others across our region, as well as provide a better understanding of the awareness, sensitivity, and celebration of our differences. COIC is also committed to working collaboratively with its contractors to strengthen policies and procedures with a shared understanding of COIC’s commitment to DEI principles. As a community, we can and must work together to create an environment where we are all welcome, understood and celebrated.

A recent statement from COIC’s Executive Director, Tammy Baney can be found here.

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