Diversity is Our Strength: Developing Bellevue’s Diversity Advantage Plan
Track: Leadership & Management

Thursday, May 5, 2016 | 1:15 to 2:30pm

Elaine Acacio, Diversity and Inclusion Administrator, City of Bellevue
Mark Manuel, Outreach and Engagement Administrator, City of Bellevue
Jennifer Mechem, ADA/Title VI Coordinator, City of Bellevue

Session Description:

As with many communities throughout the state Bellevue has changed dramatically in recent years and the City's diversity has become a defining characteristic. How are you, your organization and community preparing for this change? Speakers will share the history and process used to create Bellevue's "Diversity Advantage Plan" including outreach to the community and internally within the organization. Speakers will provide examples and a written plan describing Bellevue's Council-adopted Diversity Advantage plan and its 60 recommendations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn the main components of a diversity plan.
  • Participants will learn the key steps to implementing a cultural competency assessment for their organization.
  • Participant will learn several strategies for engaging a diverse community.