Introduction and Events
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Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength.
Don't miss out on Bellevue Essentials 2016 class!
Are you interested in being part of a diverse cohort to learn about the structure and inner workings of city government? The City is recruiting members for the 2016 class of Bellevue Essentials, the City's program for emerging neighborhood and community leaders. Participants will meet Council members and key City staff, and learn how Bellevue is moving forward. Class members should expect to actively participate and to engage "hands-on" with the current challenges and opportunities facing the City.
The nine-week introduction to civic engagement in Bellevue begins on September 21, with eight weekly Wednesday evening sessions and a tour on Saturday, October 1.
The deadline for applying for the class is July 15. View more information and applications. Contact Julie Ellenhorn at email@example.com or 425-452-5372.
Diversity team: Mark Manuel, Jennifer Mechem and Elaine Acacio
The Diversity Advantage - In 2014 the City Council adopted the The Diversity Advantage, a plan for implementing the city's diversity initiative, following a multi-year planning and outreach process. The plan responds to the rapid demographic changes in Bellevue and includes new policies for city government and the community to implement over time.
Noting the dramatic shift in the age, race, and place of birth of Bellevue residents in recent decades, the Diversity Initiative report makes 60 recommendations for action. Many of the actions involve cultural competence as it relates to city government, the community, public safety, education, human services, economic development and civic engagement.
The staff leading the plan's implementation are:
City documents related to the diversity initiative include:
Photo gallery of Bellevue's diversity events.
Video (one hour) - The Community Unity Building Forum discussed issues of harassment and hate crimes, and how communities can address these problems. This video features former Bellevue Police Chief Linda Pillo and Warren Read, author of The Lyncher in Me. Read talks about the causes for this kind of behavior, and Chief Pillo explains the laws regarding malicious harassment and hate crimes, and how the police can be a resource for the community. For more information, contact Mark Manuel at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Voice of Diversity Television Program - The stories presented here offer a colorful look at the rich cultural diversity in Bellevue. This program features segments on art in Bellevue, a Black History exhibit, Bhangra music from India and artists from Russia and Japan displaying their talent. Check out the cable TV show, also called Voices of Diversity, on Bellevue TV, Channel 21.
Events - Cultural events featuring music, dance, theater and art with local performers and speakers.
Business events - Business professionals, minority-owned businesses and representatives from nonprofit organizations can network and receive advice at diversity business events held in Bellevue throughout the year.
Workshops - Hot cultural topics are the focus of our public forums, trainings, workshops and panel discussions.
Eastside Refugee and Immigrant Coalition (ERIC) – This group published an Eastside Community Access guide entitled "Helpful Connections," published in Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean and English. Download the guide on the Eastside Human Services Forum website .