Bellevue Diversity Advisory Network

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The Bellevue Diversity Advisory Network is made up of a diverse group of 21 members who provide counsel to the city on how to better reach, serve, communicate and collaborate with Bellevue’s diverse communities.

Meeting monthly, with members appointed by the city manager, BDAN has the following duties:

  • Offer input on matters brought forth by the City Manager, city staff and departments 
  • Participate in initiatives that foster equity, inclusion and access
  • Provide culturally responsive advisement on how to engage our various communities
  • Support linguistically diverse communities to help disseminate pertinent information, receive feedback, understand needs, and relay opportunities
  • Act as a bridge and champion for diversity efforts happening throughout the City
  • Explore the opportunities and challenges in regard to diversity

Members must 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 two to four hours a month, including monthly network meetings; must be able to serve a two-year term.

Members

2018- 2020 Members

Seema Bahl, Sapan Parekh, Quiana Ross, Nahyeli Mendivil, Angela De La Hoz, Guang-an Wu (GW), Liena Ugarova, Adnan Siddiquie

2019 – 2021 Reappointed Members

Aisha Kabani, Alaric Bien, Eloisa Tran, Haruka Kojima, Jennifer Karls, Marguerite (Margie) Ye, Mohamed Bakr

2019 – 2021 New Members

Diane Li, Karia Wong, Philip Peterson, Sarim Bhatti

Meetings

Meetings are now being held online via Zoom. Please contact Elaine Acacio at eacacio@bellevuewa.gov or diversity@bellevuewa.gov to join the meeting or submit public comment.

Captioning, American Sign Language and language interpreters are available upon request. Please phone at least 48 hours in advance 425-452-7886 (voice). If you are deaf or hard of hearing, dial 711 (TR). Assisted-listening devices are available upon request.

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