Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Mayor Denny Doyle announced recently that Daniel Vázquez has been hired as the new cultural inclusion coordinator for the City of Beaverton. Vázquez is a 2002 graduate of Hood River Valley High School and formerly served as the community advocate for the City of Portland’s Office of Equity and Human Rights.
“Mr. Vázquez brings an immense amount of passion and experience to this position,” said Mayor Doyle. “He has successfully immersed himself in several cultures and I’m confident that the outreach work he’ll be doing for Beaverton will make our city even more inclusive.”
Most recently, Vázquez had been assisting with the New Portlander Program, which works to integrate immigrants and refugees to the life of Portland and assure that our communities continue to develop and prosper. Vázquez has been instrumental in assisting to establish the New Portlander Policy Council, which reports directly to Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz.
The Policy Council implements the recommendations of the 2008 Mayor’s Immigrant & Refugee Task Force.
Aside from his work with the city of Portland, Vázquez volunteers as the public outreach and volunteer coordinator with Colored Pencils Art and Culture Council in Portland. Up until June of this year Vázquez had worked as an instructional teaching assistant for the Hood River County School District helping Mexican students learn English. He is also assisting the Oregon Trail Driving School to build a new partnership with the Portland Police Bureau to offer Drivers Education to the Spanish-speaking community.
Vázquez has worked extensively with the surrounding community and individuals, and has familiarity with the leaders of ethnic communities.
“Because Beaverton is one of the most diverse cities in Oregon, we have cultural and language barriers that must be addressed,” said Mayor Doyle. “I’m impressed with Daniel’s multilingual abilities and it’s my hope that through this new cultural inclusion coordinator position, we will be better equipped to serve all of our residents.”
Vázquez is a native Spanish speaker and writer. He attended his junior year of high school in Thailand and later taught English in China, Japan and South Korea. He is fluent in Thai and Mandarin Chinese, and has moderate speaking proficiency in Japanese and Korean.
Vázquez will be responsible for planning, organizing and conducting outreach to ethnic communities in Beaverton on behalf of the Mayor’s Office.
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