Inclusive Public Participation: Outreach to the Latino Community in the Redmond Area
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The City of Redmond has experienced rapid growth in its Latino population since 2000, and the city is working to improve communication with and services for the Latino community. Realizing the need to better reach out to the Latino community, Redmond sought the assistance of Dr. Gerardo Sandoval’s Public Participation in Diverse Communities class. Graduate and undergraduate students reached out to the Latino community with tools and strategies developed via the University of Oregon Latino Civic Participation Project in collaboration with Dr. Sandoval and James Rojas. Students performed background research prior to conducting outreach. This research looked into the history of Latinos in Redmond and their socioeconomic realities. This research helped students understand the context of issues within Redmond. Graduate students interviewed Latino community stakeholders in order to gain a deeper insight into the lives of Latino residents. Students also participated in a city staff training led by James Rojas and Dr. Sandoval. During this training, staff learned an interactive outreach method called “Participation by Play.” City staff attended the training, including staff from Redmond’s Police Department.