Portland Meet Portland welcomes and befriends immigrants and refugees, engaging diverse cultures. We enrich the broader community through mutually beneficial mentoring opportunities and dialogue that promotes cross-cultural learning, enhances professional development, and builds trust.
Portland Meet Portland is a non-profit 501c3 that was started in 2014 by Susi Steinmann and Kay Reid to highlight the beautiful assets that diverse immigrants and refugees bring to their new homes here in Oregon. Like many, they wondered what was behind Portland’s reputation of being so white.. It is clear that part of the answer is historic systemic racism. This, coupled with things like urban renewal, land-use development, and a growing demand for housing has produced a greater geographic divide between different communities. With this in mind, it was clear that the area’s dominant culture residents needed opportunities to reexamine themselves and the place they live, to connect with, make space for, and learn from their underrepresented neighbors - their stories, resilience and unique cultures. With immigrants and refugees, we can create personal, systems ,and culture change that brings more joy to all of us who call Portland home.