As part of ongoing efforts to provide better service to its increasingly diverse population, the City of Bellevue is seeking up to nine volunteers to serve on the Bellevue Diversity Advisory Network. BDAN members advise and provide insight to city departments on how to better communicate and serve a diverse community.
Applications are due by 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20.
The city defines diversity broadly and is looking for a wide range of representation. Members of the group are a conduit between the community and city to ensure that Bellevue is a culturally responsive organization guided by the principles of equity, access, inclusion, opportunity and cultural competency.
Interested applicants need to meet the following requirements:Work or live in Bellevue
Have cultural connections and knowledge of the city’s diverse population
Possess a willingness, curiosity and interest in bridging cultural gaps to strengthen community
Volunteer a minimum of two and up to four hours a month, including monthly network meetings
Serve a two-year term
Members will be named the first week of September. The selection committee, comprised of current BDAN members, will rank applicants based on their ability to represent a broad range of the community’s population and willingness to bridge cultural gaps. The city manager will then appoint members to the body, considering the panel’s recommendations.
Bellevue has embraced diversity as a major asset positively impacting the community’s economy, culture and education. In 2014, the City Council adopted the vision statement: “Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength.” The city is following through with a Diversity Advantage initiative.
To learn more about BDAN, please contact Mark Manuel, diversity outreach and engagement administrator firstname.lastname@example.org or (425) 452-7886.