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News Release
Multi-City Equity Summit to be Hosted at Lake Oswego High School - 08/14/19

For Immediate Release
Christine Moses
Lake Oswego School District 

August 14, 2019, Lake Oswego, OR, -- After months of planning, Lake Oswego School District, along with 12 partner organizations, is pleased to announce the inaugural Multi-City Equity Summit, to be held Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free, open to the public, and food and beverages will be provided throughout the day.  Due to the limited space and planning purposes, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Community members from Lake Oswego, West Linn, Wilsonville, Tigard, and Tualatin have come together to plan the inaugural event to share strategies on how to identify systemic inequities within our organizations and to address those inequities.

“Our cities are naturally linked through many commonalities, including a recognition that there is an ever-increasing need to address diversity, equity and inclusion within all facets of our communities,” said David Salerno Owens, director of equity and strategic planning at Lake Oswego School District. “Our five communities have come together to learn from each other and to bring solutions to systemic issues.”

Event Highlights

Inaugural Multi-city Equity Summit

Saturday, October 19, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Lake Oswego High School
2501 Country Club Road, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Keynote speaker:  Dr. Marvin Lynn and 12 other local speakers and facilitators

Lake Oswego School District 
Tigard-Tualatin School District
West Linn/Wilsonville School District
City of Lake Oswego
City of Tigard
City of Tualatin
City of West Linn
City of Wilsonville
West Linn Alliance for an Inclusive Community
Respond to Racism LO
LO for LOve


The goals of the Summit are:

  1. Collectively deepening our understanding of how racism and discrimination are experienced in our communities.  
  2. Sharing ways that our communities are responding to the problem in neighborhoods, schools, and the city government; and
  3. Exploring ways to address these issues at the local level.

This will be a cornerstone jumping-off point for continued work and collaboration toward a more inclusive community.

Grassroots community groups, school districts, and city government entities from Lake Oswego, Tigard, West Linn, Wilsonville, and Tualatin are partnering to host an inaugural full-day multi-city diversity summit on October 19, 2019. 

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact David Salerno Owens at">

Representatives on the Diversity Summit Planning Committee:

David Salerno Owens, Lake Oswego School District, Director of Equity
Jackie Manz, City Councilor of Lake Oswego
Theresa Kohlhoff, City Councilor of Lake Oswego
Megan Phelan, City of Lake Oswego, Assistant City Manager
Jay Weitman, Lake Oswego Police Department, Sergeant
Willie Poinsette, Respond to Racism in Lake Oswego, Co-Founder
Amy Waterbury, LO for LOve, Co-Founder
Charu Nair, Keys 2 DEI, Founder
Carole White, West Linn Alliance for an Inclusive Community
Bill House, West Linn Alliance for an Inclusive Community
Kathy Selvaggio, West Linn Alliance for an Inclusive Community
Jules Walters, City Councilor of West Linn
Teri Cummings, City Councilor of West Linn
Doug Erickson, City of West Linn, Library Director
Peter Mahuna, West Linn Police Department, Captain
Kathy Ludwig, West Linn/Wilsonville School District, Superintendent
Jeanna Troha, City of Wilsonville, Assistant City Manager
Nadine Robinson, City of Tigard, Central Services Director
Dana Bennett, City of Tigard, Human Resources
Bridget Brooks, City Councilor of Tualatin
Betsy Ruef, City of Tualatin, Community Engagement Coordinator

Participants: Due to limited space and planning purposes, REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Primary target audience for the event are citizens and business leaders, activists, and residents of all ages who are concerned about inclusion, equity, and diversity in our communities. Also targeted are police chiefs and members of the police department, mayors and members of city councils, city managers and other government officials, appropriate county, metro and state-level officials, school board officials, school administrators, and teachers.


More information can be found at: