Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Philomath

In response to the murder of George Floyd, in June 2020 the Philomath City Council formed an ad hoc Inclusivity Committee with an initial assignment to prepare a responsive statement for the community. Since then, the Inclusivity Committee has worked to foster support and growth for DEI initiatives and programs in Philomath. The committee is uniquely structured to include engagement from the greater Philomath community with a focus on consensus that encourages all voices to be heard. This effort has resulted in community programs and events that both highlight Philomath's history and build for a future of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Philomath.



Mission, Goals & Objectives

Striving for a More Diverse & Just Philomath

The Philomath Inclusivity Committee supports our city leadership in fostering an inclusive, just and equitable community that honors its past while creating a diverse and accessible city for future generations by:

1)      fostering a safe space where learning, unlearning, and sharing can occur;

2)      providing knowledge building opportunities for city leadership & the community;

3)      offering opportunities for cultural exchange and space for conversations while prioritizing accessibility;

4)      facilitating communication between city leadership and under-represented communities; and

5)      reviewing actions and practices within city governance and providing potential improvements as recommendations to city leadership.


References & Resources

Oregon Department of Justice Bias Response Hotline

Trauma Informed Oregon

Oregon Black Pioneers

Benton County DEI Program

Linn Benton NAACP

Corvallis Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board

OCWCOG Bias Response Initiative

State of Oregon: DEI: Includes additional resources

Reading Resources:

  • OCWCOG Community Storytelling Project:

      English           Spanish

Philomath Public Library

     Additional reading resource lists:

2022 Tween Rainbow Reads Source: Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
Celebrating Our Cultures Source: Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
Tween Reads Celebrate Black Authors Source: Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
Indigenous American Voices Source: Corvallis-Benton County Public Library