Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan



Diversity Advisory Council


In 2012, the Oregon State Bar (OSB) Board of Governors created a Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) and directed the DAC to develop a recommended Diversity Action Plan by the end of 2013. This document is the product of the work of the Diversity Advisory Council, and contains a three-year Diversity Action Plan that the OSB Board of Governors adopted in November 2013.



Background


To fully achieve the Oregon State Bar's mission we must ensure our programs, services, and activities are delivered in an inclusive and culturally responsive manner to our diverse bar and community. The OSB Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) will help to promote a systemic, collaborative, and strategic approach to achieve set goals and objectives to enhance the OSB's interest in advancing diversity and inclusion in the bar.



Charge


Promoting access to justice, encouraging respect for the rule of law, increasing the quality of legal services, and developing a diverse and inclusive bar are key components of the OSB's mission and values. The DAC serves in an advisory capacity to the OSB Executive Director. As stewards and agents of the OSB, the DAC is charged with developing an internal Diversity Action Plan (Plan) to ensure that the OSB's programs, services, and activities are delivered in an inclusive and culturally responsive manner to our diverse bar and community. Upon approval of the Plan by the Executive Director and adoption by the Board of Governors (BOG), the DAC is charged with implementation and ongoing monitoring of the Plan, including measuring progress toward achieving goals and objectives. Also, the DAC advises the Executive Director generally on matters related to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the OSB's mission.