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IRCO Engage Diversity and Civic Leadership Graduation Event

When the Mayor of Portland said, "Welcome to your building, welcome to your house", a city hall filled to the brim quieted in surprise. Then, the Mayor pointed to the commissioners' chairs and said: "Go try them out, one day you will be sitting in one of them."

IRCO's Engage Training is a Diversity & Civic Leadership Training for Asian, African, Pacific Islander and Slavic/Russian-Speaking community-based leaders. In its second year, IRCO's Engage will graduate over 25 participants who have completed a rigorous 4 month series of workshops, skill-building, networking and personal reflection activities designed to prepare them for civic engagement. Our communities are growing, and we are already leading. IRCO's Engage Training brings our communities together and provides effective and culturally specific leadership development, particularly for the immigrant and refugee communities of Portland.

You are respectfully invited to: IRCO’s Engage 09 Graduation Ceremony Saturday, June 13th, 2009 Portland City Hall 1221 SW 4th Ave (park on 1st and Jefferson Smart Park) 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM (A light lunch is provided)

Special Guests: Mr. Sokhom Tauch, IRCO Executive Director, Ms. Jeri Sundvall-Williams, Office of Neighborhood Involvement, Mr. Ronault "Polo" Catalani, Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, Mayor Sam Adams

We invite members of the community, partners and allies to attend. Please support your friends, colleagues, community members and family! RSVP to [email protected] by June 10th or call 503-235-9396x104.

"A Healthy Community is an Empowered Community" -Rev. Joseph Santos-Lyons

Community Development The Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)

[email protected] 503-490-5639 (text message OK) www.irco.org