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"Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength."
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 .