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"Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength."
Volunteer Bridge Pilot Program - limited spots available
Every Thursday from March 16 to April 6, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Bellevue City Hall
Born out of conversations at the Eastside Race and Leadership Coalition, the City of Bellevue and United Way of King County are piloting a program called Volunteer Bridge. This program will focus on recent immigrants to Bellevue who want to contribute back to the community they now call home. The class will demystify the volunteer procress, explore community needs, and help people get connected to organizations. The class meets every Thursday at Bellevue City Hall, for four class sessions starting on March 16 and ending on April 6. This class is free, and snacks are provided. Please see the flyer and application.
The SHOUT Experience is looking for volunteers
March 28 at Bellevue College
The SHOUT Experience is a one-day conference by the Bellevue School District designed for female students who racially identify as African, Black, Latino, Native American, or mix of any, who are in grades 7-12. This program provides an opportunity for these students to connect, be inspired, find support, and to be lead and taught by women who racially identify like them. Students will spend the day learning and engaging in discussion around race, culture, leadership, and self-empowerment. While this event is designed especially to reach African, Black, Latino and Native American female students, the event is open to ALL students in grades 7-12. We are looking for volunteers to work in a variety of areas. Some areas that volunteers will work in are going to be based on their availability for that day. Please use the SHOUT Experience Volunteer Registration to register as a volunteer for this event. Volunteers do not have to racially identify as Black, African, Latino, or Native American.
Civil Disagreement (part of a three-part series; please see flyer for additional offerings)
March 29, 6:30 p.m.
Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Avenue NE
In our increasingly polarized political environment, how can we have civil discussions with others with whom we have profound disagreements? Learn how to have meaningful, civil conversations with others by building bridges between ourselves and those with whom we disagree. Join Dr. David E. Smith of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Washington, as he leads us through an evening of skill building on civil discourse. He will delve into controversial issues around religion, ethics, and politics from his own personal experiences, and then give you a chance to reflect on your own values and experiences and put his tools into practice at facilitated discussion tables. Registration required by contacting email@example.com or 425-452-6836.
Diversity Advantage Plan
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 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 .