Employee Engagement

There are many ways to obtain professional development within equity, diversity, and inclusion.  Bellevue College has partnered with other institutions to provide cross-collaboration and professional development opportunities within equity, diversity, and inclusion.  We recognize the spectrum of learning styles and provide various formats of learning opportunities that include: committees, communication networks, conferences, workshops/seminars, and mentoring.


Diversity Caucus

The Diversity Caucus’ purpose is to support the college’s commitment to diversity and pluralism by providing advice and counsel to the college community through the Council on Inclusion & Diversity (CID); promoting internal community building; and providing a structure for networking, mentoring, and support for students, staff, faculty and administrators from diverse populations. Contact Beabe Akpojovwo, beabe.akpojovwo@bellevuecollege.edu or Glenn Jackson, glenn.jackson@bellevuecollege.edu.

Council for Inclusion and Diversity (CID)

The Council for Inclusion and Diversity (CID) provides a forum to consider equitable opportunities and outcomes for all students and employees. It ensures the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body and works to reduce disparate achievement outcomes. The CID also promotes the recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce with equitable professional opportunities. The CID will make recommendations to the president, College Assembly or other councils, as appropriate, for further consideration and action. It will encourage cross-campus communication, coordination, and collaboration. The CID provides a framework to further the college’s commitment to diversity within BC Governance and is supported by the Office of Equity and Pluralism and Human Resources. Belle Nishioka, b.nishioka@bellevuecollege.edu,Council for Inclusion and Diversity chair.


BC Commons Platform

DIY personal websites for BC employees

eLearning Department

Provides faculty guidance to enhance online content and instructional design consultations.

Faculty Commons

Facilitate and support faculty-guided innovation

FYI Newsletter

Read and send campus announcements, news, and events


Social Justice Leadership Institute (SJLI)

The Social Justice Leadership Institute (SJLI), is a partnership between Bellevue College and South Seattle College.  It focuses on honing skills for becoming a culturally responsive social justice leader of the community and technical community colleges in Washington State. The dates are as follow:

August 26- 28, 2019, Three-day retreat, Whidbey Island Institute
November 7, 2019, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. South Seattle College
January 23, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. D106, Bellevue College
March 5, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. South Seattle College
May 7, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. South Seattle College
June 4, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Mini Session & Graduation Ceremony South Seattle Colleg


Faculty & Staff of Color Conference (FSOCC)

The Faculty & Staff of Color Conference (FSOCC) provides a safe and inclusive space for systemically non-dominant employees in higher education throughout Washington State. The conference focuses on providing subject matter expertise for faculty & staff of color success within hiring, promotion, and leadership development within the diverse community and technical colleges.

All workshops are designed for faculty and staff of color; however, any faculty or staff who would like to support the mission of the conference at their institution are welcome to attend.

FSOCC Mission:

• To create, model, and lead networks for ongoing dialogue on issues impacting professional and career opportunities for faculty, administrators and staff of color in all    sectors of higher education.
• To develop greater awareness and visibility of policies and plans that enhance the institutional climate, access, and educational quality for faculty, administrators and staff of color in higher education in Washington.
• To increase our capacity and subject matter expertise to combat racism, promote ethnic and racial diversity, and achieve professional excellence in higher education.

“Diversity is being invited to the party, inclusion is being asked to dance.” – Vernā Myers

October 30 – November 1, 2019
Historic Davenport
Spokane, WA

Contact Beabe Akpojovwo, beabe.akpojovwo@bellevuecollege.edu, conference chair

Workshops & Seminars

Faculty Commons

This resource provides professional development, community and collaboration space, mentoring and advocacy services, and innovative & creative pedagogy support.

Education Equity

Educational Equity (EEQ) is a partnership between the Office of Equity and Pluralism, Office of Academic Affairs, and the Faculty Commons. As part of the collective bargaining agreement between Administration and the Bellevue College Association of Higher Education (BCAHE), all candidates for tenure are required to attend and participate in the EEQ training (see faculty contract 18.7.4 & 24.2.2). In addition, all faculty members who have not previously taken it are encouraged to complete Educational Equity professional development.

This workshop is intended for all faculty to learn about implementing principals of educational equity and social justice in the classroom and broaden faculty’s understanding of their own social positions/identities as they affect behaviors in the classroom and relationships with all students.

Please note that if you know ahead of time that you will miss more than two sessions, we ask you to wait for the next opportunity and/or give the seat to someone else. Your consistent participation in a classroom will contribute to all participants’ learning and the overall success of the Educational Equity learning goals. However, if you need a specific accommodation, please contact Beabe Akpojovwo, beabe.akpojovwo@bellevuecollege.edu


Affinity Groups:

Bellevue College offers identity based affinity groups for employees.  To learn more or join a group, please click on the contact provided and email to join the group.

Last Updated July 8, 2019