Pluralism & Diversity
We strive to create a vibrant campus community that supports a diverse student body, faculty and staff. As an essential part of our mission and goals, pluralism is promoted in all aspects of college life. By enriching student life through leadership opportunities, personal learning and cultural experiences, we are committed to building a pluralistic and diverse campus community that fosters creativity, innovation and student success.
Departments and Offices:
The Office Equity and Pluralism supports and advances the College's commitment to diversity and pluralism.
DRC provides advocacy and classroom accommodations, including specialized materials, technology and equipment for students with disabilities.
This program provides support services to promote academic success for American students of African, Asian, Hispanic and Native descent. The programs have shown measurable success. Through special recruitment programs of the MCS office, total enrollment of students of color has gone from 11 percent in 1990 to 29 percent in 2004. The retention rate for students of color who have been through mentoring and tutoring programs is greater than that for the college as a whole. And 39 percent of BC’s 2004 graduating class comprised students of color, compared to 29 percent in the general student population.
BC has 4 pluralism committees and the Pluralism Community Advisory Board to to provide oversight, direction and counsel to the Office of Equity and Pluralism.
Brings together students, faculty, administrators and staff to improve diversity on campus through mentoring, participation in decision-making groups, cultural celebrations and more.
Affirmations of Tolerance:
Bellevue College is committed to maintaining an environment in which every member of the campus community feels welcome to participate in the life of the college, free from harassment and discrimination. We value our different backgrounds at BC, and students, faculty, staff members, and administrators are to treat one another with dignity and respect. (Adopted 1992)
View the pluralism compact, the college's commitment to maintaining an environment in which every member of the campus community feels welcome to participate in the life of the college, free from harassment and discrimination. (Adopted 2002)
Events and Programs:
Beyond Diversity & Courageous Conversations
About 250 BC faculty and staff members have completed Beyond Diversity workshops with national expert Glenn Singleton & discussions continue in ongoing Courageous Conversations.
Living Treasures Celebration
The designation of Living Treasure annually honors those who made a difference in advancing pluralism in our community.
Each May, some 5,000 community members come to the BC campus for this family event that provides an opportunity to learn about different cultural values and celebrate the depth of diversity on the Eastside.