Center For Intercultural Organizing

Rating: 4.89 stars   83 reviews


700 N Killingsworth Street Portland OR 97217 USA


The Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO) is a diverse, grassroots membership organization working to build a multi-racial, multicultural movement for immigrant and refugee rights.


Over nearly a decade, CIO has engaged thousands of individuals from diverse cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, trained new immigrant and refugee community leaders, produced hundreds of educational events and mobilized countless immigrant and refugee community members to participate in civic life, and continually responded to individual incidents of discrimination and harassment in our community as they arise.

Target demographics:

immigrants and refugees from over 70 countries of origin.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

hundreds of immigrants and refugees, who together advocate for just policies that will improve the lives of thousands

Geographic areas served:

Oregon and Southwest Washington


Community Education: CIO educates immigrants, refugees and U.S.-born allies on pressing community issues and strengthens and supports existing efforts to bring visibility to immigrant and refugee struggles. Civic Engagement and Policy Advocacy: Our civic engagement program provides a pathway for immigrants and refugees to participate in democratic processes through training programs, hands-on projects and collective action that produce concrete improvements in their lives. Organizing and Mobilization: CIO assists immigrant and refugee community members in building the organizing skills necessary to impact policies that affect them and to work collaboratively, mobilizing diverse constituencies. Intergenerational Leadership Development: CIO develops new leaders through a signature yearlong leadership development program, through strategic trainings, and through on-the-ground leadership positions within our campaigns.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As an original co-founder of the Center for Intercultural Organizing in 2003, I can attest to its ability to make a significant contribution to the lives of immigrants, refugees, people of color, and Oregonians over time. Its leadership development program, policy advocacy campaigns, educational forums, and community organizing and mobilization efforts have increased the visibility of newcomers to the Northwest and made real strides toward equity for newcomer communities. I invite all immigrants, refugees, people of color and allies to join this important movement for justice.

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