Diversity Resources and Support

The following materials are used to increase awareness of different perspectives, values, and practices.  We also provide a limited funding opportunity for events and activities centered around identities and experiences that include, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, ability, and health.

Diversity Resources

The calendars below are meant to serve as a scheduling guide. It lists the significant holidays from the largest global faiths and traditions. This is not a comprehensive list of religions or holidays within any group, students or employees may choose to observe a holiday from any tradition not included on the calendar.

Religious Observance Calendar Summary
Various calendar systems exist and the religious observances scheduled within one calendar system may shift dates when incorporated into another calendar system.

Buddhist

  • Buddha’s Enlightenment Day
    December 8
    Also called Rohatsu or Bodhi Day. The day many Buddhist traditions celebrate the enlightenment of the Buddha.
  • Buddha’s Birthday
    April 8
    The birthday of the Buddha.

Christian Catholic/Protestant/Eastern Orthodox

  • Christmas
    Catholic/Protestant: December 25
    Eastern Orthodox: January 7
    The birth of Jesus Christ
  • Ash Wednesday
    March 2, 2022 / February 22, 2023
    This day marks the beginning of Lent, a six week period of prayer and fasting in anticipation of Easter.
  • Good Friday
    Catholic/Protestant: April 15, 2022 / April 7, 2023
    Eastern Orthodox: April 22, 2022 / April 14, 2023
    The day Jesus was crucified.
  • Easter Sunday
    Catholic/Protestant: April 17, 2022 / April 9, 2023
    Eastern Orthodox: April 24, 2022 / April 16, 2023
    The celebration of Jesus being raised from the dead.

Hindu

  • Diwali
    November 4, 2021 / October 24, 2022
    Festival of Lights. This holiday is typically celebrated by families sharing various traditional rituals in their homes.
  • Holi
    March 8, 2022 / March 25, 2023
    Festival of Spring or Festival of Colors. This day is typically celebrated by families in India, Nepal, and other parts of Asia by partaking in various regional traditions.

Jewish
Holidays begin at sunset the night before a listed calendar date and end at sundown the calendar day.

  • Rosh Hashanah
    September 18-20, 2020 / September 7-9, 2021 / September 26-27, 2022
    Jewish New Year begins on the sunset of the first night and ends at nightfall of the last day. It is the beginning of a ten-day period of introspection and reflection.
    Instructor Tip: The evening before and the first listed calendar evening begins the observance and work/assignments/deadlines should be avoided.
  • Yom Kippur
    September 16, 2021 / October 5, 2022
    Day of Atonement. It is the holiest day of the Jewish calendar marked with fasting, worship, and repentance.
    Instructor Tip: The night it starts is known as Kol Nidre and work/assignments/deadlines should be avoided.
  • Sukkot
    September 21, 2021 / October 10, 2022
    Festival of Booths. Commemorates the wandering in the desert of the Israelites as well as the fall harvest. While the festival of Sukkot lasts for 8 days, the first day is considered a day of rest.
  • Passover
    April 16, 2022 / April 6, 2023
    Festival of Passover. It commemorates the Exodus of Jews from slavery in Egypt. While the Passover lasts for 8 days, the first two nights are the most significant and the first day is considered a day of rest.

Muslim

  • Eid al-Fitr
    May 3, 2022 / April 22, 2023
    Marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting, and the holiest month in Islamic tradition. It literally means “breaking the fast.”
  • Eid al-Adha
    July 20, 2021 / July 10, 2022
    Festival of Sacrifice. Commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael. God provided a sheep to sacrifice in Ishmael’s place
  • Ashura
    August 19, 2021 / August 8, 2022
    Shi’a Muslims commemorate the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, Muhammad’s grandson. According to Sunni Muslims, Muhammad fasted and asked others to do so on this day as well.
  • Ramadan
    April 13 – May 11, 2021 / April 3 – May 1, 2022
    The ninth month of the Islamic lunar year and is the time in which Muslims observe fast from sunrise to sunset.

Religious Observation Resources

Racial/Ethnic/Gender/Sexuality/Age/Ability/Health Monthly Focus provided by: Anti-Defamation League, Diversity Central, and Library of Congress.

September: Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month (Sept.15-Oct.15), Prostate Health Month, Yoga Month, Pain Awareness Month

October: Cultural Diversity Month, LGBT History Month, Disability Employment Awareness Month, Filipino American History Month, Italian American Heritage Month, German American Heritage Month, Polish American Heritage Month, Aids Awareness Month, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Bullying Prevention Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month

November: Native American Heritage Month

December: N/A

January: Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

February: African American History Month, American Heart Month, Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month

March: Women’s History Month, Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, National Deaf History Month (Mar.13-Apr.15), Irish-American Heritage Month

April: Autism Acceptance Month, Holocaust Remembrance Month, Scottish American Heritage Month, Arab American Heritage Month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month

May: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Older American’s Month, Jewish American Heritage Month, Haitian Heritage Month, Stroke Awareness Month, Celiac Awareness Month

June: LGBT Pride Month, Caribbean-American Heritage Month, Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month,

July: N/A

August: N/A

Washington State Council of Presidents provided a press release in Sept. 5, 2017, that we will support our undocumented students. We also have guidance concerning immigration enforcement provided by the Attorney General, Bob Ferguson. All students are protected by FERPA and it “does not contain an exception for federal immigration agencies.  Therefore, requests from these agencies to disclose student records or personally identifiable information contained in student records should be denied unless a FERPA exception applies (p.34, guidance concerning immigration enforcement).  Exceptions include judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena, which requires well enough in advance to give the student and/or parents time to seek a protective order. If the judicial order or subpoena specifically orders the school to refrain from such notification.

(ICE Procedures PDF)

Bellevue College processes ensures our staff that we will do the following verification procedures from an ICE Agent’s visit:

  • Documents provided are signed by a judge.
  • Properly identifies the agency with authority to search.
  • Correctly identifies the search location(s).
  • Includes the correct date and has not expired.
  • References a specific person; if so, allow ICE to contact or question only that person.

After Hour Visits from ICE protocol:

  •  The AVP of Student Affairs, at (503) 567-9185

Resources

The following acknowledgement statement was created by a Bellevue College faculty member, Christina Sciabarra. We want to recognize this goes beyond a gesture. It becomes meaningful when coupled with an authentic relationship and informed action. This beginning offers an opening to greater public consciousness of the history of labor that includes reconciliation.

If you choose to include a Labor Acknowledgement statement within your syllabus, please follow the information, guidance, and resources provided.

LABOR ACKNOLWEDGEMENT STATEMENT

We also pause to recognize and acknowledge the labor upon which our country, state, and institution are built.

We remember that our country is built on the labor of enslaved people who were kidnapped and brought to the US from the African continent and recognize the continued contribution of their survivors.  We also acknowledge all immigrant labor including voluntary, involuntary, trafficked, forced, and undocumented peoples who contributed to the building of the country and continue to serve within our labor force.  We acknowledge all unpaid care-giving labor .

Finally, we acknowledge that our institution relies on hourly, student, contingent, and unpaid labor and we recognize those contributions.

MOVING BEYOND ACKNOLWEDGEMENT

  • Recognize how labor is valued in both compensated and uncompensated. Practice of mindfulness and appreciation for work done by others regardless of social status, income, or executive power.
  • Discuss oppression and privilege in your class to disrupt hierarchies of power and control.
  • Make connections to the environment and the impact it has on people, health, wellness, and community.
  • Recognize people as contributors of the workforce and identify the contributions of people(s) without power or control within curriculum content.
  • Recognize the power of representation within the curriculum content and challenge it with resources/readings/references of different work contributions of voluntary, involuntary, trafficked, forced, and undocumented peoples who contributed to our labor market.
  • Facilitate students learning about different forms of work and visit different working environments outside of the classroom.

Acknowledgment alone is simply a gesture. It becomes meaningful when coupled with an authentic relationship and informed action. This beginning offers an opening to greater public consciousness of Native sovereignty and cultural rights, a step toward equitable relationship and reconciliation.

If you choose to include a Land and Territory Acknowledgement within your syllabus, please follow the information, guidance, and resources provided.

WHY INTRODUCE THE PRACTICE OF LAND AND TERRITORY ACKNOWLEDGMENT?

Offer recognition and respect. Counter the “doctrine of discovery” with the true story of the people who were already here. Create a broader public awareness of the history that has led to this moment. Begin to repair relationships with Native communities and with the land. Support larger truth-telling and reconciliation efforts.Remind people that colonization is an  ongoing process, with Native lands still occupied due to deceptive and broken treaties. Take a cue from indigenous protocol and open a space with reverence and respect.

LAND AND TERRITORY ACKNOWLEDGEMENT STATEMENT

“We pause to acknowledge that Bellevue College resides on the traditional land of the Coast Salish Peoples that includes but is not limited to: Snoqualmie, Suquamish, Muckleshoot, and Tulalip Peoples past and present. We remember their connection to the region and recognize their struggles with systemic oppression. We commit to care for the land and center equity at the core of our (un)learning.”

MOVING BEYOND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

  • Recognize how colonialism is an ongoing process and that the practice of mindfulness and reverence of the land is indigenous protocol.
  • Discuss oppression and privilege in your class to disrupt colonization and assimilation.
  • Make connections to the environment and the impact it has on people, health, wellness, and community.
  • Recognize people as caregivers of the land and identify sustainability practices in curriculum content.
  • Recognize the power of representation within the curriculum content and challenge it with resources/readings/references of different thoughts/behaviors/people.
  • Facilitate students learn about different cultures and visit different cultural spaces outside of the classroom.

PDF available for Land and Territory Acknowledgement 9.13.2019

Faculty and staff at Bellevue College are invited to participate in a campaign to show your acceptance, support, and protection of a student and/or family member that discloses themselves as undocumented.

WHY BE AN UNAFRIAD EDUCATOR

We believe schools should be safe spaces that embrace all students and families, regardless of citizenship, national origin, unaccompanied children, and refugee status. The 1982 U.S. Supreme Court case Plyeler V. Doe ruled that undocumented children have a constitutional right to receive a free public K-12 education, which provides a means to become a “self-reliant and self-sufficient participant in society.” We hold this to be the “fundamental values necessary to the maintenance of a democratic political system.”

Flyer that indicates faculty as an unafraid educator that stands for undocumented students as an employee at the college.
  • me and white supremacy, by Layla Saad, a reflection process encouraging people with white privilege to examine their racist thoughts and behaviors.
  • Is everyone really equal? by Ozlem Sensoy and Robin DiAngelo, addresses the common challenges to understanding social justice.
  • The 8 White Identities, by Barnor Hesse, an ethnography on whiteness that breaks down the white gaze and behavior.
  • Race Traitor, who taught you to be white? a podcast of a Jewish lesbian that participates in upholding white supremacy culture. Reflects on identity and upbringing to challenge whiteness.
  • Whites, Jews & Us, by Houria Bouteldja, described as a “polemical call for a militant anti-racism grounded in the concept of revolutionary love.”
  • Survey for White Artists by Latham Zearfoss & Ruby T,
    compiles white artists’ responses to questions about locating whiteness within your work and the effect it has on your white identity and practice?
  • Seeing White, by John Biewen and featuring Chenjerai Kumanyika, a podcast primer on the “buried” history of whiteness.
  • White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo,
    Explanation of white fragility and what you can do to fix it.

Diversity Support

The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (OEDI) has limited funds to assist with events that address equity, diversity, and inclusion. Limited funds are available for professional development with a requirement to provide service hours to the college.

Please note: If a contract is needed for the funding request, the requestor is responsible for completing all the contract forms, in a timely manner. Contract processing can take up to five weeks.

Three payment options exist (it depends on situation):

  1. Pay out of pocket, and submit reimbursement form to our office.
  2. Purchase Card may be used, requires visit to office to complete.
  3. Submission of an A19 payment to Finance, visit office to obtain budget number.

Click here to continue and complete request form

Last Updated July 30, 2020