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"Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength."
Bellevue's Diversity Advantage Implemention
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Program - "Seeing the Water: Whiteness in Daily Life"
Thursday, January 12, Noon to 1 p.m.
Bellevue City Hall, Council Chambers
450 110th Avenue NE, Bellevue WA
Featured Speaker: Dr. Robin DiAngelo
Sponsors: City of Bellevue, Friends of the Bellevue Public Library, King County Library System
"In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Can we talk about white identity? The work of creating Dr. Martin Luther King's "beloved community" is informed by learning about the shared experiences of what it means to be African American, or Latino American, or Asian American, or (fill in your race/ethnicity here) in the United States. What is often missing from the conversation is an exploration about what it means to be white. How can a deeper understanding of white identity inform our progress toward creating a more just and equitable community for everyone?
Dr. DiAngelo will describe the way race - post-civil rights - shapes the lives of white people, explain what makes racism so hard for white people to see, and identify common racial patterns that prevent us from moving towards greater racial equity. Weaving information, analysis, stories, images and familiar examples, she provides the framework needed to develop white racial literacy.
Dr. DiAngelo, two-time winner of the University of Washington's Student's Choice Award for Educator of the Year, is the author of numerous publications, including "What Does It Mean to Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy." Her work on White Fragility, featured in Alternet, Salon, NPR, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate, and Colorlines, has influenced the national dialogue on race.
For additional information or accommodation needs, contact Mark Manuel at email@example.com or 425-452-7886.
Crossroads Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Celebration
Monday, January 16, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Crossroads Bellevue, Market Stage
15600 NE 8th Street, Bellevue WA
Co-Sponsored by City of Bellevue, Crossroads Bellevue, and Bellevue Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
This annual community tribute will feature live entertainment, guest speakers and a health fair. Dr. King's work and lasting legacy will be woven into a variety of performances and presentations. Please join us as we celebrate with the sound of gospel choirs and thought-provoking speakers. Connect with providers to learn the importance of self-care and keeping our communities healthy. For additional information or accommodation needs, contact Mark Manuel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-452-7886.
Diversity Advantage Implementation
In 2014 the City Council adopted the Diversity Advantage, a plan intended to help the city respond to dramatic shifts in the age, race and place of birth of residents in recent decades. Drafted following a multi-year planning and outreach process, the plan includes new policies for city government and the community to implement over time.
The plan 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. If you have a question or concern about accessibility to city services and facilities, the city offers information specifically about accessibility.
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 email@example.com .
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 .