March 29, 2017

Transgender in the Workplace: Beyond the Bathroom

Transgender Employment Law Kandis SellsHow to Work with Transgender People in a Respectful Way

In our current political conversations about transgender rights, bathrooms and locker rooms are getting all of the attention but in the workplace, the respectful inclusion of transgender employees goes well beyond the bathroom. Working with employers who have had experiences with openly transgender employees in the workplace, has generated some important lessons learned that may be helpful to others looking to ensure compliant and inclusive practices. [Read more…]

Dr. Mona Lake Jones, keynote speaker for Bellevue College’s 49th annual commencement ceremony.

Dr. Mona Lake Jones, keynote speaker for Bellevue College’s 49th annual commencement ceremony.Poet Laureate to speak on making a difference. 

BELLEVUE, Wash. — Author, educator and community activist, Dr. Mona Lake Jones will address graduates as the keynote speaker for Bellevue College’s 49th annual commencement ceremony on Friday, June 17, in Seattle’s Key Arena.

 Jones, who has served as Poet Curator and Poet Laureate for the City of Seattle and Martin Luther King County, travels extensively throughout the country speaking on issues of culture and diversity.

“I am thrilled to be a part of Bellevue College’s 50th year celebration,” said Jones.  “Besides congratulating the graduates for the life stories they have written thus far, I will prompt them to think about the next chapters in their book.”

Jones is well known for her books, The Color of Culture, The Color of Culture II, The Color of Culture III, and Unleashing the Power of a Sister.  Her forthcoming work, Nectar from Grandhoney will be released this summer. Her 1992 poem, A Roomful of Sisters was commissioned by 100 Black Women of Boston, a national civic group, and exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. [Read more…]

University of Washington Bothell and T-Mobile Take on Tough Issues at April 8 Diversity Conference

UW Bothell Diversity and Inclusion ConferenceThe University of Washington Bothell is hosting its second annual Diversity and Inclusion Conference on April 8 in partnership with T-Mobile. 

Director of Diversity Terryl Ross says the workshop topics planned for this conference are relevant to the critical diversity and inclusion work going on now throughout the Puget Sound region in education, industry and the communities.   

“Current events have pushed the diversity and inclusion discussion to center stage across the country,” says Ross. “UW Bothell is excited to partner with T-Mobile in taking on difficult issues at this conference. [Read more…]