Disaster Resilience Learning Network (DRLN)

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Central Oregon

The Disaster Resilience Learning Network (DRLN) is a network of culturally-specific community-based organizations (CBOs) dedicated to creating culturally-rooted healing spaces led by leaders of color and for leaders of color in disaster work. The DRLN was created to help bring together CBOs working with those disproportionately impacted by disasters, especially Latinx and tribal nations of the Pacific Northwest (PNW) communities.

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DRLN Annual Report

The massive wildfires that hit Oregon in September 2020 had a tremendous impact on the health and well-being of communities across the state. In the immediate aftermath of this disaster, community-based organizations serving communities of color identified profound gaps in communications, evacuation, shelter, and other systems intended to alert and protect the state’s residents from disasters. The Disaster Resilience Learning Network (DRLN) was created to bring together culturally specific and/or people of color serving community-based organizations (CBOs) and leaders who serve communities of color disproportionately impacted by disasters.

Upon review of the Disaster Resilience Learning Collaborative (DRLC) in 2021 evaluation and findings, CBOs advocated for the collaborative to move into a network able to better foster relationship-building and resilience collaborations across Oregon. In Fall 2022, a committee of Network members created the Network's goals and objectives and finalized its mission. This committee received stipends for sharing their wisdom and time.

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To advance equitable disaster resilience, for people of color, through healing centered, culturally grounded collaborations and sustainable practices.

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The DRLN is committed to a space for culturally rooted people. The DRLN is committed to equity at the heart of our health, our work, and our resilience.

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  1. To improve and support the health and wellness of BIPOC leaders working in climate and disaster resilience,
  2. To build relationships for leaders of color working in climate and disaster resilience,
  3. To center and bridge the importance of culture into climate and disaster resilience

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The Disaster Resilience Learning Network's members consist of 18 community-based organizations (CBOs) that primarily work with communities of color in disaster work here in Oregon; OHA's Environmental Public Health team; United Way of Columbia-Willamette; and Trauma Informed Oregon.

Membership Directory

  • Rogue Climate
  • The Stronghold: A Culturally Responsive Peer Support Program
  • Southern Oregon LULAC
  • Centro de Servicios Para Campesinos
  • Coalición Fortaleza
  • Catholic Charities of Oregon
  • Interfaith Movement for Immigrant Justice
  • UNETE, Center for Farm Worker Advocacy
  • Familias en Acción
  • Bridging Cultures
  • Next Door Inc.
  • Centro Cultural
  • NARA NW, Inc.
  • Living Islands
  • Raíces de Bienestar
  • Beyond Toxics
  • Unite Oregon
  • PCUN
  • Radical Rest
  • Micronesian Islander Community
  • Voz Workers Rights Education Project
  • Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility

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For more information, please fill out the form below or contact Christy da Rosa (cdarosa@pdx.edu) and/or Jamila Wilson (jamilaw@unitedway-pdx.org).