I have had nothing but positive experiences with Unite. They have been REALLY important in that they organize MANY events for the community to stand in solidarity with marginalized communities. If Unite weren't around I'm not sure who would be there to pick up the slack...
I have met some of the warmest, kindest people by volunteering with this nonprofit. I love and share their values of inclusiveness, kindness and cooperation, thereby building the kind of supportive, open, dynamic community we all desire to live within.
My introduction to Unite Oregon was through a City-funded “Beaverton Organizing and Leadership Development” (BOLD) Program. The program was organized by Unite Oregon and I was one of the participants in the program. Two key Unite Oregon leaders were Cristina and Yanely and what struck me most about them was their positive energy and their dedication to our success. They worked to assist us in many ways and through their support and respect; participants felt safe and comfortable to share their stories. Plus, everyone worked together on assignments. Later, I had a chance to meet other Unite Oregon members and they all projected the same positivity. As a result, once the BOLD course was completed, I decided to get more involved by becoming a volunteer. It is important to surround oneself with people who are passionate about what they are doing and who care about others.
Wonderful!! Fighting for social justice is no easy feat and UO does it all the time!
Unite Oregon helped me make major steps toward becoming a better activist. On a whim, I volunteered to help with a first-in-the-nation program to register naturalized American citizens as voters, before they even left the ceremony. This led to projects where I created a training brochure for the voter program, and helped find English language classes for Nepali speakers. This experience showed me how I can make a difference in my community, which translated well when I became involved in programs helping to fight hunger. Without Unite Oregon, I would not be the activist I am today. http://vimeo.com/84440579
I ❤️ Unite Oregon. I was in their pilot program and it was the most beneficial program I have taken. Not only is the organization fighting for all people rights they have an amazing group of staff that truly care about the work that they do and they care about you.
Trying to support people who are immigrants. It's giving all contacts to start knowing things in Beaverton, OR USA.
I've been interning with Unite Oregon ever since July and I find that the work they do for our community is so essential to the forgotten voices in our neighborhoods. They truly do speak for immigrants and refugees and people of color in Oregon. Though they are a smaller group, the people are hardworking and genuinely good willed. They are respectful to each other, myself, and most importantly, to the people they help and represent.
Unite Oregon led the field on passing important legislation to advance racial justice in Oregon! This year we collaborated to pass House 2355, a bill to end profiling and provide adequate resources to train law enforcement officers across the state. It was incredibly inspiring to work with such a passionate group of community leaders.
Coalition of Communities of Color
Unite Oregon crosses the urban-rural divide, bringing people together to advance programs and policies that uplift all struggling communities. It's an organization with a unique intercultural model, led by the people most impacted.
Unite Oregon is a gem of an organization that organizes and empowers immigrant and refugee communities, as well as communities of color, across the state. Without the great work that this organization has accomplished over the years, Oregon would certainly be a less just and welcoming place. I feel honored that I had the opportunity to work with and learn from the incredible people that drive Unite Oregon. During my time there, they trained amazing young leaders, helped defeat a hateful anti-immigrant ballot measure, combated racial profiling, and mobilized countless numbers of individuals in Oregon. Moreover, they taught me how, as a white woman, to understand my privilege and act as an effective ally so that those most impacted can lead. Now more than ever, the work of Unite Oregon is crucial to guiding our country in the right direction - away from divisiveness and hate, and towards a truly inclusive and fair society.
Love the work the do to support POC organizing. Their advocacy work in Salem has paid off, and I know they will continue to fight for a more just and equitable Oregon.
Great place, teaches you a lot about self worth and attaining knowledge to help better your community in ways you didn't think were possible. Unite Oregon impacts the community drastically and i appreciate the work they do!
Passing new laws against police profiling; suing the president to keep immigrant and refugee families safe in their homes; helping create a rapid response network supporting hate crime victims in Southern Oregon; creating leadership programs for whole communities -- especially kids -- this is an organization that has already changed the course of Oregon history.
Unite Oregon is a great organization to volunteer. Their work empowering voices of the immigrant and refugee community is especially important today considering the divided times we live in. Through volunteer advocacy and campaign work at UO I felt like I really made a difference in the community. As an ally I still consider myself as "outsider" to immigrant communities but at unite Oregon I felt unequivocally welcomed and appreciated.
I'm an undergraduate university student completing my senior practicum with Unite Oregon. As my practicum/internship has progressed, I have come to have a better understanding of the importance of the work that Unite Oregon does -- and the amazing, dedicated group of people behind it.
Unite Oregon is committed to the communities it works with and for, and highlights intersectionality especially where race, ethnicity, culture, migration story, gender, sexual orientation, and language are concerned. In a time and place where social and political rhetoric perpetuate hate, racial stereotypes, and vilify immigrants and refugees, Unite Oregon has and is carving out an inclusive space where people from many different backgrounds are comfortable coming to and connecting with others, whether that is through established programs like PILOT and BUILD, teach-ins and community events, or simply through stopping by the space.
Unite Oregon consists of an inclusive space, staff, volunteer and community base that I feel comfortable engaging with as a queer woman of color navigating academia and the world around me. I have been able to engage in supportive and informative dialogue about the ways that people exist and resist in the personal and political spheres as well as ways to engage in the community/social activism that Unite Oregon supports.
I cam to US as Applicant for Asylum from iraq a year ago,; The 1st Org. Wellcomed me was this Org. And they make me feel home and confirmed always they will keep commited to support all people regardless their color, geneder or any other parameter; then they support me to be an organizer and leader to the community through BOLD program and take recently to advance level of trainig through PILOT program
Unite Oregon has truly advocated for Oregonians state-wide - their recent efforts to get a transit levy passed in the Rogue Valley has helped ensure that people have better access to work, education and can further be in charge of their own futures! Thank you Unite Oregon!
Unite Oregon has led the effort for equity for people of color, immigrants, refugees and ALL Oregonians. They are an effective, heart-based organization that continues to inspire all those who are able to work with them. Their ability to bridge the gap between communities often left out of the conversation and the civic and policy decisions that impact our lives sets a high bar.
Unite Oregon embodies what our country is becoming -- an increasingly diverse and global place ‐‐ and leads the field in cross‐cultural approach to movement building.
Unite Oregon is a values-driven intercultural organization with a strong racial and gender justice analysis that uses community organizing strategies to move its work. It's talented leaders, staff, and members are a powerful voice for justice in the state.
Unite Oregon is the perfect example of community coming together to solve problems for *all* Oregonians. UO understands that when some of us are oppressed, all of us are oppressed; so it works statewide toward dismantling barriers to access for immigrants, refugees, people of color, women, low-income families, rural populations, and other groups that have been pushed aside and disenfranchised for way too long. I am proud and honored to be counted among its members.
Unite Oregon walks their talk. An inspiring organization doing amazing work throughout Oregon. I helped with their get out the vote campaign and was so impressed with their organization, hard work, respect for youth, and inclusion.
Unite Oregon is committed, consistent, community driven, and leads grassroots efforts for systemic change across sectors. This organization facilitates a truly participatory leadership development model that places the power and resources in the hands of most affected, thereby enabling the community to strengthen the power of networks for change.
I worked at a precursor to Unite Oregon for several years, and have remained affiliated with the organization, because there's no other like it in Oregon. Unite Oregon brings together immigrants, refugees, people of color of all nationalities, low-income folks, and rural communities in a way which breaks down barriers and builds power in communities. And they leverage that power to effect systemic change - that's the dream for so many organizations, and Unite Oregon is one of the few living it.
Unite Oregon raises awareness about very important issues that afrect many communities. I'm participating in Unite Oregon's pilot program. I learned many useful information regarding how to organize, how to effectively communicate about issues facing our communities and much more. I had an excellent experience with Unite Oregon.
I started working at CIO in July as an intern for my graduate program. I instantly felt welcomed and like a valuable member of their team. CIO is a an amazing social justice organization, and this is evident in the work they do and their methods for doing the work.
CIO's commitment to social justice is reflected in their relationships with one another, their community members, and their community partners. They are quick to help each other with whatever is needed, even when it is not their project. They have authentic relationships with their community partners, and because of these relationships, they are able to advocate for a broad range of issues that impact communities outside of the immigrant and refugee communities, without over stretching their capacity.
I have met a dozen or more graduates of CIO'S leadership development program, PILOT, who are still actively engaged with the organization in meaningful ways. Some are now staff and members of their Board of Directors.
I have worked at CIO for four months, and it is a rich and supportive learning environment. I am already incorporating what I have learned into my work outside of this internship.
Hello everyone, I was a participant in the PILOT Program with the Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO). I enjoyed every moment spent participating in the PILOT Program. It was interesting how participants came from diverse backgrounds to learn and share experiences. Taking part in this program gave me an opportunity to be among a diverse group since I immigrated to the United States. It is amazing to learn about different cultures and to find out that though we come from different backgrounds, we all have something in common.
I enjoyed the blend of the activities during our PILOT Retreat; learning , playing and resting. I learn about my community - Oregon from the questions and answers. I was able to demonstrate my talents and share my experiences in life.
We also had amazing CIO staff and one more thing was the great powerhouse provided to us. Indeed, it was an awesome experience.
We have worked with the Center for Intercultural Organizing on many projects over the last two years. In our work together, CIO has helped us to strengthen our community work by giving us an avenue to involve our members in work that is a priority for the union and CIO. Such projects have included community forums, joint legislative work, and coalitions to pressure employers to hire more people of color in our union represented positions.
My name is Felicia Bechtoldt and I am from Moldova. When I moved to the U.S. in 2014, I was looking for leadership programs where I could apply as a non-U.S. citizen. When I found out about Pan-Immigrant Leadership Training and Organizing Program (PILOT) organized by the Center for Intercultural Organizing and its eligibility criteria, I immediately applied. PILOT is one of the fewest programs in the state, which focuses on enhancing leadership and advocacy skills of migrants, refugees and asylees. My PILOT and CIO experience has been great so far and recommend anyone to join the organization and apply for the program.
CIO has an amazing team of staff and leaders guiding innovative and brave work. I've worked in the non-profit sector alongside them for several years now, they've effectively managed to be a strong advocate for their community while always remaining true to their values. I can't say enough good things about their team and work.
I am a BOLD alumni and have been involved with CIO for 3 years now and the organization is amazing and definitely helps Immigrant and Refugees get the toolkit and learn how to organize themselves and get educated on current, former and future events or issues that are affecting us and how it can unite us to create this intercultural movement that we can become advocates for our own community and overall a better and just community for all Oregonians.
This organization not only provides incredible opportunities and support to immigrants and refugees but it makes you feel part of a family. The staff is very organized, professional and kind! Thank you CIO and keep up the great work.
It's great I can not do anything without it it's fabulous its approve all my skill and its help my to help my community Thank you all for all the services you have provided Thanks
The mission statement of CIO is a profound, visionary statement that speaks to the heart of the work they do: "Led by people of color, immigrants and refugees, rural communities, and people experiencing poverty, we work across Oregon to build a unified intercultural movement for justice." CIO organizes and empowers people who are traditionally excluded from power--immigrants and refugees, people of color, rural and working poor Oregonians--through leadership development, advocacy training, policy work at the local, state, and federal level. CIO believes in creating welcoming, inclusive spaces that make room for all people to be their full, authentic selves and you only have to walk through the door of one of their local offices in Portland, Beaverton or Rogue Valley to see that they put that belief into action. Every person is treated with dignity and respect and as a valuable contributor to the community and to society. CIO gives me the opportunity to live out my values in a meaningful way and I am grateful for the intercultural movement they are building in Oregon.
As a refugee, I came to Portland on August 2012 knowing nothing about the city that I suppose to be my new home. One time I went with a friend to a meeting for refugees in Beaverton and I first heard the word CIO. I asked what does CIO stand for and after I knew it, I became familiar with it. I attended several meetings representing the Iraqi Society which I volunteered to work with refugees.
Then I got the lit to light the candle that brightened me and led me to get the CIO Pilot Training. Then I got promoted in my society as a community leader. I learned how the institutions work and how bills can be done, what are our rights, Portland and its Counties….etc. The trainees form a diverse society whom became my friends. We had spent joyful days that I still remember. So I am grateful to CIO.
CIO embodies the traits we all hope for in grassroots community groups. They are led by people who have lived experiences with the issues they work on, their staff leadership is full of integrity and vision, and they focus on values-driven campaigns that make life better for immigrants, refugees, and people of color in Oregon.
CIO is one of, if not, the best organization of its kind I have participated in. I was at some of the retreats and workshops they organized, and what I learned during these programs was immense, and whose relevance could not be overemphasized. Numerous times during these, and other programs, I found myself feeling amazed, pleasantly surprised, and sometimes struck with outright astonishment at the information I was absorbing, all of which laid just how ignorant I was regarding things that really matter to me and the community at large. I came out of these programs greatly informed, empowered, equipped with great motivation to better myself, and to be actively involved in improving the conditions in my community.
Thank you CIO, and I hope you long remain within the community and continue doing what you are doing.
Going into the PILOT program, I did not quite know what to expect. However, I can confidently and enthusiastically say that I am extremely glad I was allowed to join. It was very eye-opening indeed, and I learned things that I had never known before. The program made me feel a lot more confident than I ever was before, it made me feel empowered with information I never knew before, which in turn further helped enhance my understanding of why things are the way they are, and gave me tools and advice on how I can actively participate and contribute in effecting the positive and needful changes in our social system that it advocates. If I had ever entertained the desire to be a human rights activist, a social justice advocate, or the desire to to follow and engage in the political discourse, but that such desire had become dormant and on the brink of lapsing into passivity due to inactivity, participation in the CIO PILOT program has certainly reawakened it. The staff was remarkable, with an infectious sense of enthusiasm and commitment to what matters to all of us the most. I came out of the program feeling invigorated, and I wish these programs would be conducted more often and made more accessible to larger audiences.
The Center for Intercultural Organizing has been a great partner with us! Their Margins to Mainstream program is connecting communities of color specifically the immigrant and refugee communities to resources, advocacy and community strengthening in a unique way with their Wellness Life Guides. The Wellness Life Guides serve as a bridge for many who are new to the US as well as those who have been her for a while. They have experienced many of the same challenges as the community members they are working with. We are pleased to continue our relationship with this organization.
The Center for Intercultural Organizing is an incredible force for community organizing and advocacy in our region. Their breadth is very wide across communities of color, especially immigrant and refugee communities and is evident at any of the events they host. The relevancy and urgency of their mission is strong and their ability to bring communities together impressive. This is a truly unique organization, one that is a consistent leader and stands in solidarity with others on priority issues for the community. CIO has been a key partner for the City of Beaverton in providing leadership training and civic engagement opportunities for underrepresented communities, in helping to increase dialogue between government and community, and in shaping the conversation on equity and inclusion.
Center for Intercultural Organizing have a great staff culturally savvy to integrate diverse under represent communities to build up leadership, participation and communication.
The Center for Intercultural Organizing takes on a very tough issue--integrating immigrants into American life--and does it in ways that empower and enrich everyone involved. For the CIO, its not about services, although they do advocate for individuals. The goal is to help New Americans fully participate in their new country. CIO helps people become citizens but also trains them in how to become fully active in their community, learning how to volunteer on citizen advisory committees, on political campaigns and with other local community organizations.
Well run, respectful. I joined the Board so I could learn from their smart and thoughtful approach.
My firm and I have been consistent supporters of the Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO) for several years now. CIO is one of a select group of non-profits that can be counted on to not only adhere to its mission but to challenge itself year after year on how it can do better and come up with more innovative ways to help the communities it serves and ensure diversity, grass-roots organizing, education, and involvement.
I am a consultant who works with a range of non-profit organizations in Oregon & Washington. I have worked with CIO's organizing, advocacy & development staff. CIO's staff stands out as being remarkably committed and dedicated to their work and the organization's mission. The organization is a tremendous resource for our community.
Being from a small town in central Washington with very little diversity and a strong migrant worker population. Being a part of CIO and attending functions that center on diversity and cultural awareness is a wonderful way for myself and my daughter to recognize and appreciate benefits to diversity and bring back to my small town new views and a greater understanding of cultural issues and help my area to all work together for change.
CIO demonstrates diversity not only in its programming but also in its employment and volunteering policy. I have met people from all different parts of the world through CIO. I am confident with the continued work of CIO, Oregon will be a better place to live
CIO is led by some of the most conscientious people, with a level of integrity and wisdom that guide the organization's work well. Their values ripple through their mission, practices, staff dynamics, and community engagement. I am proud to partner with them and look forward to co-hosting events together in the future.
Center for Intercultural organizing. Is one oft best decisions I made. In the past I tried to been more involve with my Comunity, but I didn't know how. CIO made this possible, after I been involve they give the tools how to improve myself to be more successful, in leadership and organizing. But not only in my Comunity but also with others Intercultural communities. Also I improve my English pronunciation. Thanks to CIO they treat every one like a family and support to each other.
The Center for Intercultural Organizing makes me believe institutional change for all refugees and immigrants is possible. Their programs are truly intersectional and this is the kind of space our community must foster. Resilient Connections is one of CIO's newest programs that serves as a support group for Queer/Trans Refugees and Immigrants. CIO is modeling for other refugee organizations of the NW and even some of its immigrant rights organizations with beginning stages of Queer Liberation. The Center, including Staff, Board and family- is genuinely contributing to the empowerment and leadership development of its constituents with a post-modern multicultural lens.
The Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO) is an important nonprofit program for the City of Portland. It supports our immigrant and refugee families and community members. Most importantly, CIO gives these communities tools to be a political voice and power in the City. It gives the tools for the voiceless to be heard and bring important issues that goes on within our community that at times our local, state, and federal government may not know. The staff is amazing and passionate about the community. And I cannot wait to see how CIO transforms the City of Portland in the future.
CIO is one of the most important social justice organizations in Oregon, and the only one that serves the immigrant and refugee communities well beyond the city limits of Portland. Their commitment to creating an organization that empowers and develops the communties they serve plays a critical role in our state. Their PILOT program alone should be replicated across the country. CIO continues to be a leader in Oregon through their civic engagement, leadership development, public policy advocacy and grassroots organizing. Whether the issue is to end profiling, address health disparities, ensure fair housing, or the myriad of other great social justice advocacy work they do, CIO is advancing a platform that every day makes Oregon a more equitable and just state.
CIO is committed to creating a more just and equitable communities in the Portland area. The staff is exceptionally smart, committed, and forward thinking. They are especially concerned about making sure those who are traditionally excluded from city/county policy making (i.e., immigrants, people of color) have a voice at the table.
I have been watching and witnessing the birth, growth and important anchoring leadership of Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO), not only in specific immigrant communities, but in the larger communities of Portland and Oregon. The organization's careful and deliberate work has ensured that the voices of immigrants were heard at all levels of government, within social services settings, and in the places that policy and procedures are developed. They bring a strong, unified and powerful voice for immigrant communities and, as a result, we are all better informed and able to understand the plight of immigrants from all countries. CIO does not stop with only raising the issues of inequality, lack of cultural competence among providers, or what's lacking, they bring trained and skilled constituents with skills, abilities, talents and dreams, as newly-arrived residents of our city, counties, and state, who have much to contribute to the larger community.
CIO has made its compelling presence known through the state, has been particularly adept at moving their leadership effectively in a number of circles, local government, at the city and county level, and in working collaboratively to achieve major successes in our Legislature. CIO has also ensure that its membership is diverse and representative of immigrant communities in ways that heretofore have not proven successful.
The organization's model encourages members to come together regularly, to develop their strengths, and cultivates diverse leadership that pushes other organizations to recognize the power and benefit of more diverse representation on issues that affect all of us - whether housing affordability and quality, school improvements and teacher humility and cultural competence. CIO doesn't preach, it shows the stories of individual lives before us, and allows communities within its organization to hold their uniqueness whiile working for collective benefit.
CIO is a strategic, well focused organization that has strong leadership connections and credible relationships throughout the larger community, starting with its constituentis. This is an effective and important point to ensure effective organizing and mobilizing among members and to engage supporters in solidarity ith them - on immigration reform, school reform and quality education for all, housing, health issues, economic opportunity and equity, among others.
It has been my pleasure to watch them grow while staying rooted to their original principles of equal access, justice, diversity and equity to the immigrant voices that emerge in their own organization as well as with those they interact with.
CIO is one of the best examples of a grassroots organization that has not forgotten its roots, but has built the core components needed for long-term success: bringing leadership up from within, setting a vision and mission and not wavering, having enviable results that bring real return on investment, and increasing the diversity of voices that speak in Oregon, and for all of us.
It has been and continues to be my pleasure, as a funder, a community resident and as a social justice leader to wholeheartedly support CIO; one of the best at doing what they do and delivering real change for their communities and mine.
I am a new member of the Pan-immigrant Leadership and Organizing Training at CIO. Therefore, I have had the opportunity to witness the great work CIO does to support and empower multi-ethnic communities. CIO provides an space to meet people from all over the world to join efforts to fight against injustice and social change. I don't feel alone anymore!
I am currently in the PILOT program through CIO. I have met many people from all over the world, and everyone is so inspiring. I truly appreciate the work the CIO does, and the PILOT program is a great way to train tomorrow's leaders. The staff, volunteers, and participants are all warm and welcoming. We may all have different stories and journeys, but in the end we all have the same vision.
I witnessed the development of the Center for Intercultural Organizing from seed to the thriving organization it is today. I myself am an immigrant and the challenges facing this population are close to my heart. The sense of loneliness, isolation and discouragement are real. There are very few venues for the immigrant and refugee to deal with the confusion and anxiety created by the clash with a foreign culture. CIO offers a space where multilingual and multicultural people are learning and engaging in their communal challenges. CIO believes that the people most affected by an issue should be the individuals and communities leading and advocating for solutions.
CIO is the catalyst of changes for these individuals from helplessness and confusion to integration and leadership in the struggle for social economic justice.
CIO has shown me how a multicultural community can come together and for each others causes. They are a safe place for dialogue and education between communities
I had the chance to participate in the PILOT training program conducted by the Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO). During the training I noticed how the CIO staff members were very professional, well trained, organized, and committed. Moreover, I was amazed how the CIO successfully represents the diverse community, were members from various backgrounds and ethnicities embraced to form a strong non-profit organization that advocate the rights of immigrants and refugees.
Center for Intercultural Organizing ( CIO) has been working with the Immigrant and refugee communities to empower and build a multi-ethnic/racial movement. I'm honored and proud to be a part of such and organization that not only work with the communities for building capacity. But the policy work on state, Counties and Cities level to review and recommend inclusive policies for all Oregonians.
I've just joined the PILOT program of CIO and had our FIRST RETREAT for 2 days and a half. Learned a lot about things that I never imagine. The freedom of speech as a tool to inform and educate people in order to have a consensus to find solutions for different public and social issues. Yes, I loved it and will continue learning to help and be part of the solutions!
Review by Tom Potter:
The Center for Intercultural Organizing has been providing services to Oregon's refugees, immigrants and communities of color for the last ten years. Their strength lies in bringing together different communities and providing them with the tools to expand their internal leadership, build community capacity, and influence public policies that effect their communities.
As Mayor of Portland from 2005-2009, I had the opportunity to work with the CIO and watch them interact with Portland's various communities to empower and engage them in making government work for them. Their efforts have made the Portland Metro area and our state of Oregon a better place for everyone, especially our recent arrivals and the communities of color. These groups have not always been part of the governance process and it is heart-warming to see the transition with individuals who were formerly afraid of government to come forward and work with government to improve the lives of their families and communities.
The Center for Intercultural Organizing (CIO) builds capacity within immigrant and refugee communities so that they may begin to get involved in the civic life of our City. This involvement connects the new-comer to her/his new home and helps to create a feeling of belonging, reducing isolation. It also brings new, creative voices to local government processes resulting in sounder investments and better outcomes for all. CIO does a fantastic job of this with very limited resources. Portland is a much better City for the work of CIO and the involvement of the community leaders it supports!
CIO president and staff go beyond just meeting people; they learn their story, connect and support them in anyway they can. As an organizer I try to net work with as many organizations as I can to make sure people are getting help when they needed. Net working with CIO is one of the best rewards I have as an organizer. CIO made me realized that when you see and treat people as your own family member regardless their immigration status, religion or the Country they come from is when you really start building real communities.
CIO really believes and works to make sure Justice is for all!