• Bellevue Centers Communities of Color Initiative

    On January 20, 2021, the City Council approved the Bellevue Centers Communities of Color Initiative, a community-led initiative centered on advancing racial equity and building trust and awareness across the city’s diverse population.  

    The three-year initiative includes a three-tiered approach: 

    • Develop trust through dialogue. Staff will assist the Coordinating team work to create a series of community discussions on equity issues during year one.  

    • Build racial literacy skills through education and training. The city will explore and initiate a variety of opportunities to educate community members on racial equity issues. This includes potential partnerships with local businesses, non-profits and government organizations.  

    • Co-create recommendations for action. In collaboration with the CCC team, city staff, leadership and other stakeholders, the City of Bellevue will explore effective recommendations to update and advance Bellevue’s Diversity Advantage Initiative Plan.  

    Among the first steps to implement the initiative is establishing a Communities of Color Coordinating team made up of diverse community members that will  work in close partnership with the city. The team will be selected by the city manager and the City of Bellevue will provide  technical assistance, facilitation and developing recommendations over the next three years. 

    Apply to be part of the Communities of Color Coordinating team 

    The Communities of Color Coordinating (CCC) team is part of the Bellevue Centers Communities of Color initiative. It is an opportunity for individuals who live or work in Bellevue to  inform and coordinate efforts in transforming Bellevue into a community where people of color are welcomed, valued and respected. This community-led team will be comprised of eleven appointed members.   

    Information Sessions

    Join us to learn more about the initiative and application process through a community information session! Three sessions will be held via Zoom  on:  

    • Session 1: Tuesday, May 11,  from  4-5 pm  

    • Session 2:  Thursday, May 13  from 6-7 pm 

    • Session 3:   Saturday, May 15  from 12:30-1:30 pm 

    To register, please visit: https://BellevueCenters-CommunitiesofColor.eventbrite.com   

    Apply to be part of the Communities of Color Coordinating team 

    Responsibilities

    The CCC team will direct the design and process that identifies goals, priorities, and work under the three major areas outlined in the Bellevue Centers Communities of Color initiative. This team will ensure that the work process is authentically led and informed by voices within communities of color. Specific work and deliverables include:  

    • Assign members of CCC team to serve and co-facilitate in one of  three defined areas: develop trust through dialogue, build racial literacy skills through education and training, and co-create recommendations for action. 

    • Identify key change agents from across the City of Bellevue to assist in informing priority areas in the working groups.     

    • Provide quarterly progress reports to Council on goals and workplans  

    • Participate in capacity and relationship building  that brings together community resourcing efforts and a coalition of participants actively engaged in addressing systemic racism. 

    Application will open April 26 to May 16.  

    You may apply online or by emailing or mailing the PDF Application.