Diversity Advantage Initiative

Diversity Advantage logoOver the past several decades, Bellevue has grown from a quiet suburban bedroom community into a dynamic, international and multicultural city. The truth is, one only needs to look around to understand that the city mirrors the culturally diverse and globally interdependent world that we live in, and its diversity is an asset that makes our community unique and vibrant! The City Council’s vision statement begins, “Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength.”

The city is participating in Welcoming Week Sept. 15-24, sponsoring or cosponsoring several events.

With the adoption of Bellevue’s Diversity Advantage Plan in 2014, the work of making this vision a reality has informed and fueled new citywide efforts to grow as a culturally competent organization and to broaden resident engagement. To accomplish this, Bellevue adopted a distinctive approach by forming a Diversity Advantage Team (including community engagement, organizational development and ADA/504/Title VI) to serve as drivers and catalysts for organizational and community change.

Bellevue’s diversity work is rooted in the principles of equity, access, inclusion, opportunity and cultural competence. These principles inform efforts underway to improve city policies, staffing and hiring, training, communications, services and outreach. For the community, this work is also improving our human services, public safety, education, economic development and civic engagement.

Promoting, understanding and practicing access equity, inclusion, opportunity and cultural competency is the responsibility of all.

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