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Rip City brings people together to create lasting memories through the power of sports and entertainment. Our organization has an opportunity and responsibility to positively impact our staff, players, fans, and community. As such, we are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within our organization and our community.

OUR PURPOSE

To bring people together and create extraordinary moments and lasting memories through the power of sports and entertainment

ORGANIZATIONAL VALUES

1.

Integrity

We are authentic and uphold our commitments and values

2.

Inclusion

We celebrate individuality and engage multiple perspectives

3.

Innovation

We embrace new ideas and are always learning and improving

4.

Impact

We have a positive influence on each other, our community, environment, partners, fans and guests

OPERATIONAL VALUES

• Commitment to Safety
• Seamless Performance
• Individual Connection
• Passion and Fun

WHAT IS DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION?


Diversity: The full range of differences and similarities, visible and non-visible, that make each individual unique.


Equity: Inclusive treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement for all people, with the explicit intention of identifying and eliminating barriers to foster equal outcomes.


Inclusion: An environment that recognizes, values and fully leverages different perspectives and backgrounds to drive results.

EQUITY STATEMENT

Rip City brings people together to create lasting memories through the power of sports and entertainment.

Our organization has an opportunity and responsibility to positively impact our staff, players, fans, and community. As such, we are committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within our organization and our community, which includes:

  • Providing a safe and welcoming environment that champions differences and embraces the respectful open expression of ideas that are free from hateful, racist, profane, violent or harassing behaviors or comments
  • Ensuring that our policies, practices and programs consider and seek to address societal inequities that disproportionately impact specific groups
  • Utilizing our platform and resources to positively impact people throughout our community who have been underserved
  • Cultivating a staff that reflects the community we serve and an inclusive culture where multiple perspectives are valued

We ask that you join us in this journey, and that you continue to advance this work within your own sphere of influence.

Our Commitment to fighting Racial Injustice

A MESSAGE FROM SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNICATIONS, COMMUNITY AND DIVERSITY

Rip City,

When we announced our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in 2016, we made it clear there is no finish line in mind. Our goal is to leverage our voices to create awareness around the issues, both internally and externally. As an organization we have created a strategic plan which addresses the disparities experienced by our staff and community. Our current plan has seven focus areas: vision, measurement and accountability, inclusive culture, talent management, brand, service and sales, social responsibility, and supplier diversity.

Furthermore, our organization has taken a stand against racial injustice and the blatant racial inequities and racism culminating throughout our country. As such, the creation of the Racial Injustice Fund of the Trail Blazers Foundation allows us to leverage our position, platform, resources, and influence to help fight the injustices occurring in society today. We are dedicated to doing the work it takes in this space. This commitment includes:

  • Continuing to strengthen and structure our organization to combat institutional and systemic racism within our company and the sports sector
  • Amplifying and augmenting voices in our company and community that are leading racial injustice work
  • Financially investing in community-based nonprofit organizations that have been leading racial injustice work
  • Encouraging our fans and supporters to use their own voices for positive change in their communities

Looking forward, we hope to see the positive impacts being made, though the goal revolves around guaranteeing the same safe and secure quality of life for everyone in our community and country. We will not remain silent or be complacent and our commitment is about more than just improving our organization.

Sincerely,

Ashley P. Clinkscale, Senior Vice President of Communications, Community and Diversity

DEI Strategic Plan

As part of our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, we have a strategic plan that spans across our business. The plan was created, and is being executed, by over 30 stakeholders from throughout the company. At the highest level, here are our vision statements for each area of the strategic plan. Learn more about our commitment to supplier diversity.
A compelling DEI vision, plan, and business case has been developed and communicated internally and externally and is embedded in all company policies and procedures.
The company practices accessible and equitable recruitment, retention and advancement, and reflects the diversity through all levels of the company.
The company practices accessible and equitable recruitment, retention and advancement, and reflects the diversity through all levels of the company.
The company continuously works towards the advancement of DEI internally and externally through building community partnerships and relationships, empowering historically underserved communities, and serving as to be drivers of equity both locally and nationally.
The company has an atmosphere of inclusion that leverages the creativity and connection diversity that brings to drive product innovation and sales and uphold exceptional levels of service.
The company has a diverse supplier base and influences the landscape of the supplier industry.
DEI goals and milestones developed and leadership and staff hold each other accountable for a commitment to advancing DEI at the company; all staff see themselves as leaders in this work.
Vision

Rip City Inclusion Board

This 15-member board provides feedback, recommendations and guidance to the organization on its diversity, equity and inclusion efforts as outlined in the strategic plan. This board requires a two-year commitment and sits on interview committees.

Rip City Ally Council

The Ally Council serves as a space for staff to share their experiences, come together in times of need, engage in difficult yet courageous conversations and receive DEI training. Members of this council are ambassadors for change throughout the organization and promote individual and collective growth in their departments.

Rip City Executive Council

Led by our President of Business Operations, Dewayne Hankins, the Executive Council is the first line of response to our fast-paced world when societal issues arise. In addition to addressing real-time situations, this council provides feedback and insight regarding long-term DEI initiatives or issues and seek opportunities that may have a profound impact on the internal and external Trail Blazer/RQ community.

BUSINESS RESOURCE GROUPS

Our Employee-led Business Resource Groups (BRGs) help foster a diverse and inclusive workplace and build a sense of community within identity-based groups. BRGs give employees the opportunity to strengthen internal relationships, sharpen leadership skills, while giving back to the local Portland community.
AAPI Employee Network
Black Employee Network
Hispanic & Latinx Employee Network
Blazer Pride Employee Network
Womxn @ RQ

CONNECT WITH US

We ask that you join us in this journey, and that you continue to advance this work within your own sphere of influence. We are all in this together – after all, we are all part of Rip City.

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