Guiding Principles

It is important to define the principles that guide and inform this work. For the City of Bellevue, these guiding principles include: access, equity, inclusion, opportunity and understanding cultural competency.

The plan is intended to enrich the quality of life for all through:

Access:

Build an environment that values the abilities of all, by proactively removing barriers and providing accommodations for full participation.

Equity:

Create a fair and just community where equality is the outcome by recognizing and correcting historic and systemic inequity.

Inclusion:

Foster a welcoming city, by providing a safe and gracious space where the entire community can engage in civic life.

Opportunity:

Share prosperity by connecting residents, schools, businesses, faith and nonprofits to work together for the common good.

Understanding Cultural Competency:

Produce equitable policies and practices, by developing skills and knowledge that facilitate effective interactions across diverse cultures.

and always Why:

“Bellevue welcomes the world. Our diversity is our strength. We embrace the future while respecting our past.” -- Council Vision 2014

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