Welcome to the Cascade Chapter!
The Cascade Chapter serves the state of Oregon and Southwest Washington. We were one of the first official chapters of IAP2 and remain highly active with bi-monthly PI Networks, biennial PI Works conferences, and IAP2 certificate trainings. We are dedicated to serving our fellow practitioners and the practice itself by hosting regular training and networking events and supporting students pursuing P2 careers. As of 2016, we have awarded a total of $55,000 in student scholarships to graduate students at Portland State University (since 2008) and the University of Oregon (since 2011). In 2012, students at the University of Oregon initiated a student group called Students for Public Participation (SP2) as a subcommittee of our chapter. Our chapter looks forward to awarding two more $2,500 scholarships for the 2016/17 school year.
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City of Beaverton's BOLD Program - Cascade Chapter Project of the Year Winner
Presented by Alexis Ball, Equity Outreach Coordinator, City of Beaverton
Wednesday, January 25, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Beaverton City Hall, 3rd floor E-Suite Training Center, 12725 SW Millikan Way
(Free parking in the garage adjacent to City Hall on Millikan Way.)
Please join us for another "PI Network" professional development and networking event sponsored by Cascade Chapter of IAP2 USA. PI Networks are FREE to IAP2 USA members and students. Non-members, please pay $10 at the door in cash or by a check payable to Cascade Chapter of IAP2. Get to know your peers and stay for the no host social afterward at the Hall Street Grill, Cooper River Room, 3775 SW Hall Blvd, Beaverton.
This month, PI Networks goes on the road for a special meeting in Beaverton. Please join us as we hear about Beaverton's BOLD program - how it aligns with IAP2 Core Values and how it supports the city of Beaverton's equity efforts. Presenters will explain the program, show what impact it has had on increasing participation among under-represented communities and how other jurisdictions and agencies could implement a similar program.
The BOLD program is a leadership development and civic engagement training for emerging immigrant and refugee leaders and leaders of color in Beaverton. The program is a partnership between the city of Beaverton and Unite Oregon (formerly the Center for Intercultural Organizing) and is a key strategy of the Cultural Inclusion Program to boost engagement of underrepresented communities in city government.
The trainings are structured based on a popular education model, which draws from each participant's direct, lived experiences and knowledge. Content includes a focus on understanding the city of Beaverton's government structure and political landscape.
* Building a shared understanding of our experiences and priority issues
* Community organizing and shifting public policy
The program is important in helping make Beaverton a thriving, multicultural city that is inclusive to everyone.
Presenter Alexis Ball is the Equity Outreach Coordinator in the Mayor's Office at the City of Beaverton. She coordinates the Cultural Inclusion program, which supports city government in becoming more welcoming, inclusive, representative and responsive to historically underrepresented and underserved communities, particularly communities of color, immigrants and refugees. Alexis comes from a background in the non-profit sector, working in community organizing and advocacy in a variety of settings in the US and Mexico. She holds a Master of Social Work from Portland State University.
Presentation archive: 2016 PI Works Conference
2016 PSU Scholarship Winner
CONGRATULATIONS TO AMANDA ELDER, OUR 2016 PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY IAP2 CASCADE CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIP WINNER!!
Her stated goal of leading “..public organizations toward equitable and inclusive policies..” is noble and matches very well with the intent and mission of IAP2. And her work with Mexican communities, First Nation students, Vietnam, and Latinas in the Portland area provide an incredible foundation of understanding the needs and desires of historically under-represented communities. Finally, we applaud her efforts to establish and lead the Women’s International Leadership and Learning organization. We are incredibly pleased to add Mandy to our IAP2 Cascade Chapter family of scholarship winners.
2016 UO Scholarship Winner
CONGRATULATIONS TO CRAIG WIROLL, OUR 2016 UNIVERSITY OF OREGON IAP2 CASCADE CHAPTER STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP WINNER!!
Selected from a number of very qualified applicants, his experience in public involvement to date and intent to make engagement a significant part of your future work illustrates the value he will bring to this field.
"Most recently, I have worked with the City of Eugene, OR as a facilitator as part of their Human Rights Commission outreach in order to engage and educate the community about issues related to equity, equality, diversity, and inclusion. At our last meeting, we filled the room with over 90 participants engaged in constant interaction, feedback, and discourse discussing Eugene’s controversial history. I plan to use my degree and experience in Public Participation, my BA in Journalism, and my Masters of Public Administration to work as a Citizen Engagement Coordinator role for a local government. My goal is to get everyone interested in the public process - not just the privileged few who benefit most from the decision-making."
Recap: 2015 IAP2 North American Conference
Our Cascade Chapter hosted the 2015 North American Conference Sept. 9–11 in Portland, Oregon and it sold out with 350 attendees! The conference theme of “What’s Brewing in P2?” generated so much excitement that a bonus preconference workshop on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion was added to the slate. World class keynote speakers Denis Hayes, Nanci Luna Jimenez, Anne Udall, and Andrew DeVigal shared their moving and sometimes wry observations on authentic and inclusive engagement, millennial storytelling, and keeping the faith that our dedication to P2 will make a better world.
Brandy Steffen, Chapter President
Arwen Bird, Chapter Vice President
Francesca Patricolo, Equity Subcommittee Chair, IAP2 USA Member Services Committee, Former IAP2 USA + Federation Board Member
Mike Dahlstrom, Treasurer, Chapter Scholarship Award Chair, IAP2 USA Chapter Liaison Chair
Doug Zenn, Former President IAP2 USA Board, Certified IAP2 Trainer
Jessica Pickul, IAP2 USA Communications Committee
Susan Hanson, PI Network Series Co-Chair
Julie Rawls, PI Network Series Co-Chair
Alex Cousins, Former Chapter President
Heather Coston, PI Network Series Co-Chair
Jen Colbert, Chapter E-news Director