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.

Read the final student report delivered to the local gov/community partner.

Sustainable City Year Program Contact Info
Megan Banks
Sustainable City Year Program Manager
(541) 346-6395

University Faculty Contact
Gerardo Sandoval
Planning, Public Policy and Management

Local Government / Community Contact
Ginny McPherson

Assistant Project Program Coordinator

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