Webinar: Engaging Through an Anti-Racist Lens, A Discussion with Sophie McGinley


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Be sure to follow Sophie + Eugene Planning on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/eugplanning/

Questions were received leading into the panel discussion.

Our best efforts went into answering these questions which we could not get to during the discussion, and we hope that you find these responses of value. Please browse the questions received below. 

  • When you speak about the development boundaries outside of the community, what is your engagement process with First Nations on development within their traditional territories? Is their outreach directly with surrounding First Nations or protocols in place to acknowledge the Nations and land?

    CaityB asked over 1 year ago

    Sophie: Thank you for your questions!  We do not currently have good outreach mechanisms in place with First Nations.  This month we will sign a contract and start working with a consultant to help us develop relationships between City of Eugene government leadership and Tribal government leadership with the intention of having clearer direction from Tribal governments on when and how they would like to be involved in City processes, this will include an approved way in which to do land acknowledgements.  We see this as a first step in a better direction and we will begin this work in the new year with City leadership engaging in a Decolonization training to help establish a foundation for the work to come. 


    Caity: Bang the Table's Australian counterparts have a wealth of information on engaging with Indigenous communities. Here's a link to an op-ed on Navigating government engagement with Indigenous communities (hyperlink), which may provide some guidance for folks in the US looking to do this type of work.

  • Do you think there may have been community members who were not tapped using this method because they don’t have addresses? the homeless, motel residents, touch surfers, and other housing insecure?

    CaityB asked over 1 year ago

    Sophie: Absolutely—the virtual engagement depends on folks having access to computers and the internet and the Healthy Democracy panel used randomized address data, requiring folks to have an official address. We are always looking to do better and expand access and if you have ideas, suggestions, or lessons-learned, I’d love to hear them.

  • Sophie, can you speak a bit more about the process for forming and the function of the two panels?

    CaityB asked over 1 year ago

    For the Boards and Commissions roundtable, staff invited representatives from all city boards and commissions. For the Local Partners Roundtable, staff invited representatives from local organizations or groups including: neighborhoods, builders and developers, conservationists, realtors, and advocates. Lastly, for the Equity Roundtable, staff invited representatives from groups or organizations serving underrepresented community members. All lists of organizations and groups are listed in the Public Involvement Plan and were approved by Planning Commission.

  • Two questions: 1. What ended up being the demographic make up of your randomly selected panel? 2. How do you plan to measure if this engagement plan was successful?

    CaityB asked over 1 year ago

    Sophie: The demographic data is found here: https://healthydemocracy.org/wp-content/uploads/201112-2020-21-EugeneRP-Demographics.pdf .

    To measure whether the engagement plan was successful, we plan on asking the folks we interacted with about what went well, what could be improved, and what their experience was.

    Caity: This is one of the topics we are hoping to highlight in Part 2 of this webinar series!

  • Would love to learn more about the lottery process - been looking at this Canadian example with interest for some time: https://www.masslbp.com/civic-lottery-guide

    CaityB asked over 1 year ago

    Sophie: Thank you for sharing that example! You can watch the lottery process video (https://youtu.be/MWfT5mKgBAQ) that includes an explanation, and check out healthydemocracy.org/eugene for more information and documents.

  • How do you control for bias from the same person, or an advocacy group, participating in multiple venues? I've seen some communities use registration to control people from taking surveys multiple times using different IP addresses.

    CaityB asked over 1 year ago

    Sophie: Yes! There is a setting within Bang The Table that requires participants to register using an email address to participate in surveys for this very reason.

  • I am wondering how you all decided upon orgs/panelists to partner with and pay for their time? What was the process?

    CaityB asked over 1 year ago

    Sophie: Compensation was already part of Healthy Democracy’s model so we knew that partnering with them meant that participants would be compensated. For the Equity Roundtable, we used a similar model to the City’s Climate Action Plan Equity Panel where organizations serving underrepresented community members would send representatives and would then receive compensation. All lists of organizations and groups are listed in the Public Involvement Plan and were approved by Planning Commission.

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