ICMresolutions on Equity
"Equality" does not equal "Equity." Equity is a journey. ICMresolutions’ understand the need to be transparent and equitable public processes. We are committed to continue mentoring young People of Color in the mediation/facilitation fields and is a regular contributor to Resolutions NW, and equity-informed community mediation center. As the facilitator for ODOT’s I-5 Rose Quarter Covers Project, Sam created a data-driven process that insured that the diversity and equity programs produce tangible results for the intended communities. Some of our related projects/activities include a) Harbor of Hope (houseless population), b) Hispanic Chamber Leadership, c) Refugee Disability Services of Oregon, d) South Corridor Light Rail Workforce Equity, and e) work with a tribal government. Talk and good intentions mean very little without real change on the ground. ICM’s involvement in ensuring diversity and equity initiatives are effective speaks to the company’s commitment to supporting diversity in the community.
Sam/ICM has also engaged in the following supportive activities: Port Mentor-Protégé Program, OLIO events, OSB D&I Summer Stipend Program; Nike’s liaison to the ABA’s Minority Lawyers Affirmative Action Demonstration Project, Represented disadvantaged individuals, Jesuit Volunteer Corps work at Metro PD, and the Big Brother in college. In addition to also mentoring students from several universities and the Oregon State Bar Affirmative Action program, Sam has volunteered to be a mentor and trainer for the Port of Portland’s Small Business Development’s Mentor Protégé Program. ICM has conducted diversity training for attorneys, as well as a series of focus groups at the Port of Portland on the issues of diversity and affirmative action. ICM has completed a mediation/facilitation project with a WBE prime contractor, and consulates regularly with a mediation/facilitation ESB. Furthermore, ICM has received certification from The City of Portland for Non-Discrimination in Employee Benefits (EB) as an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Affirmative Action Employer.
Over the years, ICM has employed BIPOC and LGBTQ+ staff and mentored people of color from many universities and the Oregon State Bar Affirmative Action program. ICMresolutions has worked on public policy facilitation projects with students from PSU and other universities. ICM values training the next generation. When we need additional resources, we will review the State of Oregon list of certified MWESB firms and advertise positions on appropriate university websites, conflict resolution list serves, and general employment websites, like www.rileyguide.com and www.blackcareers.com. ICMresolutions will continue to partner with women, minorities, and emerging small businesses, and advocate for true diversity, equity, and inclusion.
ICMresolutions on the Rural-Urban Divide
The urban-rural divide in Oregon and Washington is real. A simple Google search returns numerous scholarly articles and real-world stories on a wide variety of differences: political, economic, social, educational, occupational, health, etc. I have been honored to work on the following projects that have allowed me to help diverse participants navigate the intersection of logic and emotion where these differences exist. These projects include a) ODF Wildland Urban Interface, b) OC Exempt Groundwater Well Policy Consensus Workgroup, c) Human Health-Related Scope of Practice Advisory Group, d) Oregon Dairy Air Quality Task Force, e) Air Quality Strategy – Columbia River Gorge, f) Bend's Transportation Systems Plan, and g) Government Camp's Revitalization. The participant composition of these projects highlighted the differences between urban and rural interests. I have also represented lumber and sawmill workers in eastern Oregon, and had law offices in Burns, LaPine, and Bend Oregon. Additionally, my 40+ years of mediation and litigated matters practice involves helping diverse litigants achieve settlement of their disputes.