Community Colleges

Oregon lawmakers push colleges to respect diverse community

Members of the Oregon House of Representatives on Wednesday discussed the state's racist history and continuing discrimination as they approved a bill that would promote inclusiveness.

The measure, which passed by a 45-15 vote and now goes to the Senate, aims to have universities and community colleges achieve "cultural competency," which it defines as responding respectfully and effectively to people from all walks of life. They would need to provide oversight for cultural competency standards, provide training for staff, establish goals and report on progress.

Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon, a Democrat from Woodburn and one of the bill's sponsors and the first immigrant...

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