“We envision that in 2020 Corvallis will be…. a community that honors diversity and is free of prejudice, bigotry and hate…” This is how the Corvallis 2020 Vision Statement refers to our community’s commitment to honoring diversity. This commitment can be found in the services we provide, the policies and laws we have enacted, and in the openness of City government to the perspectives of all its residents. Diversity is also one of four overarching values adopted by the City Council (diversity, sustainability, citizen involvement, and cost efficiency).
The City Council has maintained Honoring Diversity as a community value for a number of years. Corvallis adopted a civil rights ordinance in 1992. In 2006, the City Council forwarded a City Charter amendment to the voters to add a provision that requires the City to exercise its powers to ensure the equal protection, treatment and representation of all persons without discrimination. The Charter amendment passed with 63.12% yes votes, reflecting the community's commitment to diversity.
The City has an active King Legacy Advisory Board (KLAB). KLAB's charge is to celebrate and promote the principles and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the goal of helping Corvallis to become a more inclusive and just community. This work includes:
a) Promote inclusion of diverse people and communities within Corvallis.
b) Pursue nonviolent solutions to economic and social injustices in Corvallis.
c) Be a strong advocate to build a strong and diverse community of Corvallis residents.
KLAB hosts an annual community celebration of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and partners with other organizations to present events and activities in the community throughout the year. For a current schedule of KLAB events, click here.
At the April 16, 2007 City Council meeting, the Council created a Community Police Review Advisory Board to provide an objective, unbiased, citizen based, accessible process for the review of complaints against the Police Department or Police Officers, and to provide the community with information regarding the accountability of its Police Department in a way that builds trust and enhances communication between the Police and all members of the community.
Complaints related to discrimination under the City Charter and Civil Rights Ordinance should be directed to the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries at www.oregon.gov/boli or at 503-731-4200, option 1 for civil rights. Housing related complaints can also be sent to the Fair Housing Council at 800.424.3247 or www.fhco.org. For more information on the City Charter or Civil Rights ordinance, or to schedule a presentation for a group regarding the charter or ordinance, contact the Corvallis City Attorney's Office at 541-766-6906.
The City is an active member of the Employers' Partnership for Diversity that works to bring training to its employees to raise awareness of diversity issues, and encourage people to think differently about diversity.
In 2015 all City employees participated in Diversity and Harassment Training Sessions. Workplace Answers provided the Diversity Training.
For more information visit the links below or contact Human Resources at 541-766-6902.
Affirmative Action Plan
Disability Access Policy & Complaint Form
Council Policy on Hate/Bias Violence
Administrative Policy on Harassment-free Workplace
King Legacy Advisory Board
Imagine Corvallis 2040 Vision Plan