My Story Project

Celebrating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Bellevue

The City of Bellevue Diversity Advantage Initiative presents the 2020 “My Story” Virtual Exhibit in partnership with Welcoming Week America.  The "My Story" exhibit is a collection of videos featuring city staff sharing the immigrant or migrant story of their family’s journey to Bellevue. This year, Bellevue is highlighting alumni of the 2018 and 2019 “My Story” collections, which were presented on storyboards in city facilities. Explore this year's virtual exhibit below. We hope you will enjoy each story as told through the author’s own voice, with words and music. 

Angela Ferguson, Business Systems Manager, Parks & Community Services

Arthur Sepulveda, Assistant Prosecutor, City Attorney's Office

Ben Shahabi, Bellevue Television Videographer, City Manager's Office

Elaine Acacio, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, City Manager's Office

Joy Misako St. Germain, Human Resources Director

Carol Ross, Community Relations Coordinator, Community Development

Raid Tirhi, Senior Transportation Engineer, Transportation

The 2020 “My Story” virtual exhibit is made possible by the Employees of Bellevue for Racial and Cultural Equity (EmBRaCE), an employee resource group, and the city’s Diversity Advantage Initiative, in partnership with Welcoming America and national Welcoming Week. The “My Story” exhibit can inspire viewers to learn, connect across differences and take joint action to support a welcoming, equitable and inclusive community.

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