Community Building and Wellness


Community Building

Unpacking Current Events

Does it seem like what we read in the daily news is more complex than ever? A new oil pipeline is not just a new pipeline. A hurricane is much more than a storm. An NFL player takes a knee…not in the end zone. When is it #FakeNews? We need to make sense of these complex and incredibly important events of our times so we can in turn better support our students also grappling with these topics. Fortunately for us, our Bellevue College faculty comprises extraordinary experts, thinkers, and educators in their disciplines. Our series, “Unpacking Current Events,” allows us to hear from our colleagues as they lead us in unraveling these events and seeing them through the lens of a scholar/practitioner in the field.

2017-2018 Unpacking Current Events

  • Fall 2017: “The NFL Protests” and “The Effects of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico”
  • Winter 2018: “#Fake News”
  • Spring 2018: “Coral Restoration in the Caribbean” and “Not Your Model Minority”

Breaking Bread with Colleagues

Connect with colleagues in the Faculty Commons over lunch. This lunchtime is for us to build community while fueling up for our busy day. The Faculty Commons has a kitchen with a microwave, toaster oven, and hot plate for all to use. Do you eat behind your computer? Do you wonder what your colleague across campus has been up to? Let’s connect! Check the Faculty Commons calendar for the current quarter’s schedule.

The Faculty Choir

Spring 2018, the Faculty Commons offered a special community building opportunity for Faculty, the BC Faculty Choir! They met every other Friday with Aimee Hong, our own Bellevue College Class Voice and Concert Choir Instructor. Aimee led a group of 9 faculty members to prepare for two concert performances at the end of the quarter. This is a great opportunity for faculty to get together and explore a musical way of engaging in community. We will continue for the 2018-2019 academic year! Everyone is welcome.

Wellness Activities

At the Faculty Commons, we believe in providing a holistic approach to support BC faculty. Not only do we offer support to their teaching, but we also offer regular workshops that promote wellness. Our goal is to embrace faculty so they can flourish in our classrooms and in our community.  We work closely with the BC Wellness Center and guest facilitators to offer workshops in a private setting.  Some of these workshops are facilitated by our own fitness faculty. We welcome suggestions and proposals for wellness activities. These vary quarter to quarter. Please check the Current Events Catalog for more details.

2017-2018 Previous Events

  • Meditation
  • Back Fit
  • Nutrition for a Balanced Work Day
  • Stress Reduction Techniques
  • Move Those Muscles



Last Updated June 20, 2018