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Capaces Leadership Institute Executive Director Jaime Arredondo speaks
during a celebration for the organization’s 10th anniversary. BRIAN HAYES /
Galen Rupp, a Central Catholic and Ducks star, is in his fourth Olympics. CHRIS
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as a member of the Portland-based Bo-
werman Track Club, a group that has 10
members representing four countries
heading to Tokyo. That includes Amer-
icans Woody Kincaid, Grant Fisher, Ka-
rissa Schweizer and Elise Cranny, who
are all doubling in the 10,000 and 5,000.
Sport: Track & Field, men’s shot put
Oregon connection: Raised in Boring
and graduated from Barlow High in
The greatest men’s shot putter to ever
step into the circle was raised in Boring
and graduated from Barlow High in
Ryan Crouser, 28, secured his Olym-
pic qualiﬁer with gusto on June 18 when
he set the world record on the opening
night of the Olympic Trials at Hayward
Field. Crouser threw 76-8 1 ⁄ 4 to beat the
previous record of 75-10 1 ⁄ 4 , set by Randy
Barnes in 1990.
“It’s been such a diﬃcult year, not
only for me but for so many people
around the world that it just felt special,”
Crouser said after setting the record.
“We’ve all worked so hard and to have so
much uncertainty ... it was really sweet
to be out there competing with all of my
friends again and at such a high level.
There’s been a lot of improvising, adapt-
ing and overcoming this year.”
The 6-foot-7, 320-pound Texas alum
will now attempt to win his second gold
medal. He was the Summer Games
champ in 2016 when he set the Olympic
record with a mark of 72-6 1 ⁄ 4 .
Softball’s return to the Olympic line-
up gives one of the best players to ever
wear an Oregon uniform her ﬁrst
chance to play in the Summer Games.
Reed, 28, who was a Duck from
2012-2015, is the school record holder in
hits (309), runs (204), stolen bases
(102) and at-bats (788), and is second
in doubles (42) and batting average
The outﬁelder has been a member of
the U.S. national team since 2015 and
was on WBSC world championship
teams in 2016 and 2018.
Oregon State softball coach Laura
Berg is back in the Olympics as an as-
sistant. The former U.S. national team
star outﬁelder was part of gold medal
teams in 1996, 2000 and 2004. She also
won silver at the 2008 Summer Games,
the last time softball was an Olympic
Incoming Beaver Tarni Stepto, a
transfer from Salt Lake Community
College, is on the Australian Olympic
Sport: Track & Field, men’s mara-
Oregon connection: Graduated
from Central Catholic High School and
the University of Oregon
Rupp was a high school standout at
Central Catholic, an NCAA champion
and all-American with the Ducks and
now a four-time Olympian based out of
For the ﬁrst time since 2008, howev-
er, he’s only entered in one event, and
it’s not the 10,000.
“My focus in Tokyo has always been
the marathon,” Rupp said June 18 after
ﬁnishing sixth in the 10,000 during the
Olympic Trials at Hayward Field, a race
he entered because it gave him “a
chance to race and compete.”
Rupp competed in three straight
Olympic 10,000 races, winning a silver
medal in 2012, the same year he also
ﬁnished seventh in the 5,000.
In 2016, he doubled in the marathon
and 10,000, winning a bronze medal on
the road eight days after placing ﬁfth on
At 35, Rupp has transitioned com-
pletely to the marathon and will be a
contender to medal on Aug. 8. He won
the last two U.S. Olympic Marathon
Sport: Women’s soccer
Oregon connection: Lives in Port-
land and plays professionally for the
Growing up, Crystal Dunn would look
around at the other girls playing soccer
and wonder if she belonged.
In a sport that is still overwhelmingly
white in the United States, there was no
one who looked like Dunn. No one en-
couraging her to become more technical
rather than making stereotypical as-
sumptions about her speed and athlet-
“I think it’s easy for me to just get
caught up in, `Oh, I’m just happy to be
here.’ And I’m like, no, no, no, no, I’m not
here to survive. I’m here to thrive in this
environment,” she said. “I’m trying to let
people know that I’m not just here to be
in the background. I’m here to be spot-
lighted. I’m here to, you know, really
make a big splash.”
Dunn, 29, plays as the U.S. women’s
national soccer team’s left back.
She wants to make sure all those other
little girls and young women who look
around and wonder if they belong know
they most certainly do.
“Representation is so important. And
I feel like if I had had more soccer players
that looked like me growing up, I
wouldn’t have had the struggles that I
faced at a younger age going into the na-
tional team,” Dunn said.
Sport: Women’s basketball
Oregon connection: Oregon State
The former Oregon State standout
and WNBA draft pick is an alternate on
the Canadian Olympic team.
Scott played for the Beavers from
2012-16 and was the 2016 Pac-12 player
of the year. She helped lead Oregon
State to the Final Four as a senior.
Scott was selected 17th overall by the
Connecticut Sun and eventually played
for the Washington Mystics.
She was a member of the Canadian
national team during the 2018 World
Former OSU player Ali Gibson is also
a member of Puerto Rico’s women’s
Oregon connection: University of
The former UO pitcher will be in famil-
iar territory when baseball makes its
Olympic return July 30 with Team USA
taking on Israel.
McGough has been a reliever for the
Tokyo Yakult Swallows of the Nippon
Professional Baseball league since 2019.
In 153 games for the Swallows, he has a
12-5 record, 27 saves and a 3.03 earned
McGough, a 31-year-old right-hander,
played at Oregon from 2008-2011 and
was a ﬁfth-round selection by the Los
Angeles Dodgers in the 2011 MLB draft.
He made his MLB debut in 2016 with
the Miami Marlins, and later played in
the minor league systems for Baltimore
and Colorado before heading to Japan.
Sport: Women’s saber fencing
Oregon connection: Grew up in
Oregon, graduated from Valley Catholic
High School in Beaverton.
The most-decorated U.S. saber fenc-
er of all time is a 36-year-old married
mother of one from Beaverton.
She’s also headed to the Olympics
for the ﬁfth time.
Zagunis won individual gold in 2004
and 2008 and won a bronze team med-
al in 2016. She was also fourth as an in-
dividual in 2012. Her victory in Athens
came when she was just 19 and made
her the ﬁrst U.S. Olympic fencing
champion in 100 years.
She’s still going strong on the world
stage. Zuganis won World Cup gold in
2020 to secure her spot in Tokyo.
USA Today Network reporters Nancy
Armour and Emily Leiker contributed
to this article.
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Janie (Takeda) Reed
Oregon connection: University of
Jamie (Weisner) Scott
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sis on community members knowing
“To work on tomorrow, you need to
understand your past, and our past is
not just in this state. Our past is very
deep,” Arredondo said. “We’re very in-
tergenerational. Now, these organiza-
tions are run by the sons and daughters
of farmworkers. We’re always connect-
ed to that, we’re always trying to evoke
'La casa de la abuela'
The TURNO program (Talento Uni-
versitario Regresando a Nuestros Orí-
genes, or University Talent Returning to
Our Roots), which brings high school
students to CAPACES once a week to
build leadership skills, complete com-
munity service and plan for their fu-
tures, started at the same time as CA-
Karina Guzmán Ortiz, recently elect-
ed to the Salem-Keizer Public Schools
governing board, managed the program
for about two years.
“As somebody whose parents mi-
grated to the U.S. and have been in the
Willamette Valley for going on three
decades now, I know what it’s like to
grow up in this country and have your
home language be one and the language
at school be another and navigating a
multitude of identities,” Guzmán Ortiz
One of CAPACES’ values is to make
people feel like they’re at “la casa de la
abuela,” Guzmán Ortiz said, and de-
scribed one of her favorite days at work
when she and about 12 students worked
on a farm the organization runs on a day
oﬀ from school.
"I remember hearing the conversa-
tion about, ‘This reminds me of my
abuelo’s farm in Michoacán,’ or ‘This re-
minds of when I was in the cornﬁelds
when I was young,’” Guzmán Ortiz said.
“To me, that was just an amazing expe-
rience, to be able to bring those happy
Guzmán Ortiz also participated in
the People’s Representatives training,
which she said provided her a glimpse
of what was needed to run a campaign
and connected her to a community of
People’s Representatives teaches
people the basics of serving on a board
or commission, and also links that
knowledge to traditional culture and
history, Arredondo said.
Arredondo said CAPACES is non-
partisan and does not promote speciﬁc
issues through its leadership develop-
ment programs, but instead focuses,
particularly through People’s Repre-
sentatives, on values and equitable rep-
resentation of Latinx people.
Guzmán Ortiz, along with María Hi-
nojos Pressey and Osvaldo Avila, all re-
cently elected to the Salem-Keizer
school board, are the ﬁrst Latinos elect-
ed to the board in a district where 44%
of students identify as Hispanic/Latino
Across the state, where Latinx peo-
ple make up about 13% of the popula-
tion, they are generally underrepresent-
ed on boards and commissions.
Martinez Plancarte, who coordi-
nates the Protecting Oregon Farmwork-
ers project at CAPACES, agreed that
People’s Representatives is distinct
from other leadership programs.
“It’s not just receiving a service, but
the leadership put behind this inten-
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back or do not contact us again after
leaving a voicemail,” Edmunson said.
While the hotline recorded 1,101 re-
ports of bias incidents, it received
Additionally, some callers to the
hotline did not leave call-back info.
The high number of calls going to
voicemail points to the need for more
staﬃng, according to the reports.
Sanchagrin said the hotline is usu-
ally run by a single staﬀ member
named Johanna Costa, the bias re-
sponse coordinator, who cannot an-
tionally to build up community. And then
they go on to diﬀerent organizations, but
to build people up from our own commu-
nities, and there’s a richness there,” Mar-
tinez Plancarte said. “It doesn’t feel hier-
archical with CAPACES.”
A focus on community support
The focus on community is why CA-
PACES celebrated its 10th anniversary
through a wellness day with music,
painting, mental health sessions and
other activities for people at its sister or-
Earlier in the day, CAPACES also host-
ed an Indigenous ceremony to welcome
its 10th year and a ceremony to send oﬀ
the new school board members, who
were sworn in Tuesday.
The community emphasis also led the
CAPACES Leadership Institute to sup-
port and be the ﬁscal agent for the Ore-
gon Latinx Leadership Network last year.
Anthony Veliz, the founder of IZO
Public Relations and Marketing, said he
knew last March the pandemic would es-
pecially impact Latinos, and started a
network that helps the organizations
unite their strengths and advance equity.
One of the group's accomplishments has
been providing bilingual, bicultural ther-
apy sessions to Latinx ﬁre evacuees in
Phoenix and Talent, he said.
Veliz, who counts among his leader-
ship roles being the ﬁrst Latino elected to
the Woodburn school board and recently
completing his second term on the state
Board of Education, said he was born into
the farmworker movement, and sees the
Oregon Latinx Leadership Network as an
extension of it.
“It’s really just continuing the same
work that was started decades and gen-
erations ago,” Veliz said. “The whole
movement, advocating for farmworkers,
and now it’s expanded to immigrants and
Latinos in general. Oregon Latinx Lead-
ership Network is a reﬂection of the mod-
Fulﬁlling their potential
CAPACES’ newest oﬀering is Ana-
huac, a program that connects youth and
families from farmworker and immigrant
backgrounds to traditional agricultural
and culinary practices.
Anahuac runs a traditional kitchen, a
greenhouse and a community garden,
and is coordinating a summer program
where the activities include preparing
food using ancient techniques, learning
native languages and making art. Ana-
huac also has a weekly produce booth at
Farmworker Housing Development Cor-
poration and has plans to purchase land
and operate an organic farm, Arredondo
Anahuac represents connecting with
agriculture in a diﬀerent way, Arredondo
said, and he is intrigued about its possi-
“Anahuac provides a place to heal, to
go full-circle, and I think that’s going to
be important for our future, that Indige-
nous wisdom, those Indigenous prac-
tices, for healing and balance,” Arredon-
do said. “What I want people to feel 10
years from now is not like, ‘Oh, look at
what CAPACES did,’ but you just see it,
what we’re all contributing to, which is
basically this community fulﬁlling its po-
tential — its cultural potential, its politi-
cal potential, its economic potential.”
Dora Totoian covers farmworkers
through Report for America, a program
that aims to support local journalism
and democracy by reporting on under-
covered issues and communities. You can
reach her at dtotoian@statesmanjour-
swer every call immediately by herself.
During Oregon’s 2021 legislative ses-
sion, additional funding was allocated
to the DOJ. The commission hopes that
will assist the hotline in providing better
Reports this year are already on track
for 2021 to exceed 2020 incidents.
dashboard reports that the hotline has
received 565 reports of bias incidents in
2021. There have been 55 reports of in-
cidents in Marion County.
Dianne Lugo is a reporter at the
Statesman Journal covering equity and
social justice. You can reach her at
936-4811 or on Twitter @DianneLugo.