Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Willamalane

Willamalane is committed to standing against racism and all forms of oppression and has established diversity, equity, and inclusion as a district priority guided by a permanent staff member. From Executive Director Michael Wargo:

"Willamalane is committed to addressing and dismantling the systems of oppression that contribute to ongoing and continued acts of hate and trauma against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, LGBTQIA+ people, women, and individuals experiencing visible and invisible disabilities in our community. Willamalane looks forward to forging relationships with the groups who have been historically excluded in the community."

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Strategic Action Plan

The Strategic Action Plan sets a five-year course for making Willamalane’s work environment, operations, hiring, outreach, recreational facilities, programs, outdoor spaces, and activities accessible, welcoming, equitable, and inclusive to all.


The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Supervisor reports on progress at public Board of Directors meetings. The Strategic Action Plan is subject to annual updates.

Recent Action

  • Hosted educational conversations with Dr. Johnny Lake recognizing Juneteeth in collaboration with the City of Springfield, Springfield Utility Board, and Springfield Public Schools.
  • Conducting district-wide educational training and conversations with Transponder so that staff has a shared understanding of the trans and gender-diverse community.
  • Developing partnerships with staff at Springfield Public Schools, University of Oregon, Lane County, CALC, SAfER, Escudo Latino, City Wide Union de Activistas, SURJ, Lane County, Transponder, Lane Workforce, Supported Employment Services, Wellsprings Friends School, the Equity and Community Consortium, and the Willamette Confluence Project.

Contact Us

If you have ideas, comments, or questions, we want to listen and use your feedback to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion conditions in the district. Please contact the diversity, equity, and inclusion supervisor at kris.wright@willamalane.org.

You are also welcome and encouraged to attend monthly Board of Directors meetings. Monthly meetings have opportunities for public comment, and diversity, equity, and inclusion updates are given periodically. 
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