Welcome diverse professionals to Oregon

Anyone who has ever moved to a new city for school or work understands the challenges faced by any newcomer to connect with and build community.  For diverse professionals, plugging in to multicultural resources in their new home is of paramount importance.

On August 21, OHSU is co-hosting the quarterly “Say Hey!” event, which honors diverse professionals who have recently relocated to Oregon and southwest Washington.  Spearheaded by Partners in Diversity, the “welcome wagon” event helps people new to Portland connect with our area’s multicultural communities. Business, community and public sector leaders attend Say Hey! to welcome honorees and make connections in their new community.

An important part of each Say Hey! event is introductions: each newcomer is highlighted in the event program and formally introduced to Say Hey! guests. If you are a new professional to Oregon, this is a great way for the community to learn about your background, skill set and expertise. Sign up as an honoree (deadline is August 15).

Even if you’ve been in Oregon for a long time, we hope to see you at Say Hey! The event will be held from 5:30-8pm on Wednesday, August 21 on the lawn area across from OHSU’s Center for Health and Healing, located in Portland’s South Waterfront.  Join us to enjoy an afternoon of networking, music, and information about OHSU’s diverse communities.

All are welcome, and there is no cost for attendees. Sign up now to let us know you’ll be stopping by to Say Hey!


Leslie D. Garcia, M.P.A., is the Assistant Chief Diversity Officer and Vice Provost at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She is the Director of the OHSU Center for Diversity & Inclusion, serving faculty, students and staff through a variety of programs, services and initiatives that address diversity and inclusion issues and initiatives across OHSU.