On Tuesday, October 7th 2014, the Urban League of Portland held its annual Equal Opportunity Day Awards Dinner with nearly 600 of our members, supporters, and partners in attendance. The dinner and program, presented by the University of Oregon, was supported by over 50 sponsor organizations and highlighted education in Oregon and the leaders in that field. Thanks to the generosity of those in attendance, we were able to meet our fundraising goals to support our programming for the year. We were thrilled to welcome Chabre Vickers, Vice President for Brand Experience of Big Brothers Big sisters as she returned as our emcee, and the crowed was dazzled by an inspiring musical performance by saxophonist Mike Phillips.
This year, we were proud to present our Equal Opportunity Award to a leader in Portland education, Charlene Williams, the Senior Director for the Roosevelt Cluster and Benson High School. As principal at Roosevelt High School, Williams lead the school through a transformation by dramatically improving test scores, graduation rates, and enrollment in just three years. We were privileged to hear from Dr. Nancy Golden, Oregon’s Chief Education Officer, who spoke about her focus on equity during her keynote address. She outlined the steps the Oregon Education Investment board is taking to close the achievement gap and improve education for all students, and shared her vision of the future of education in our state.
“As this evening marked the beginning of my third year as the leader of this venerable organization, it was rewarding to gather with so many supporters to take stock of what we’ve been able to accomplish,” said Michael Alexander, President & CEO of the Urban League of Portland. “The dedicated staff, and board, of the Urban League look forward to continuing to serve our community as we embark upon our seventieth year advancing towards equality for all Oregonians.”
Since 1945, the Urban League of Portland has empowered African Americans and other Oregonians to achieve equality in education, employment, health, and economic opportunity. The Urban League of Portland believes that everyone has the power to change the world and works with people to actualize their potential and put their passion into action. See more photos from the event from the album on our Facebook page.
The Urban League of Portland thanks the event sponsors;
Albina Community Bank; Central City Concern;City of Portland – Office of Management & Finance, Bureau of Development Services, and Procurement Services; Intel; JPMorgan Chase & Co; Kaiser Permanente; Lewis and Clark College; Maya Angelou Writer’s Guild; Metro; Miller Nash, LLP; Moda Health Companies; Multnomah County Health Department, Department of Community Justice and Department of County Human Services; Multnomah County Health Department; New Seasons Market; Northwest Health Foundation; Oregon Health Authority; Oregon State University; Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters; Pacific University; PacifiCorp; Portland Community College; Portland Community Reinvestment Initiatives; Portland Fire & Rescue; Portland General Electric; Portland Police Bureau; Portland Public Schools; Portland State University; Brooks and Associates, Inc; Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt; The Boeing Company; The Standard; TriMet;Turner Construction Company; Urban League of Portland Young Professionals; Warner Pacific College; and Wells Fargo.