Introduction and Events
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Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength.
Bellevue Neighborhoods Conference - May 21, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Avenue NE. The conference features diversity-related workshops, including:
- Creating a Cross-Cultural Committee or Volunteer Team
- Breaking Down the Language Barriers
- New Neighbors - New Worlds
- Who Lives in My Neighborhood
- Aging in Your Neighborhood
Come hear the keynote speaker, Becky Henchman, talk about thawing the "Seattle Freeze," and network with your neighbors! Conference booklet (registration form on page 9). Register by mail or by phone - call 425-452-5372 or 425-452-6836. For more information, contact Mark Manuel - email@example.com or 425-452-7886.
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 .