Joey Wilson is a BC College Student Advocates for Disability Community

Joey Wilson at BC's North CampusA life-long resident of the Queen Anne neighborhood in Seattle, Joey Wilson, 26, is a member of the developmental disability community and currently earning his associate degree through the Occupational & Life Skills (OLS) program at Bellevue College. He works part-time as a grocery clerk, and has moved from living in a group home to his own apartment.

Once he gets his associate degree he’d like to work in building maintenance, the sports industry, or potentially go on to earn a bachelor’s degree, but he thinks that the current annual income cap under the Apple Healthcare for Workers with Disabilities (AHWD) program is a barrier.

“It holds you back from reaching your full potential,” said Wilson. Continue reading “Joey Wilson is a BC College Student Advocates for Disability Community”

Asian Hall of Fame Exhibit Debuts at SeaTac Airport in May

Asian Hall of Fame 2017The Robert Chinn Foundation is proud to announce the inaugural showing of the Asian Hall of Fame Exhibit in the South Satellite of the Seattle Tacoma International Airport starting in May of 2017. 

The Asian Hall of Fame Exhibit is a unique collection of images, memorabilia, and information which represent the Honorees that have been inducted into the Robert Chinn Foundation’s Asian Hall of Fame.  The artwork on display provides a one of a kind historical account of contributions by Asian and Pacific Islanders.  The exhibit will be enjoyed by the millions of travelers who use the airport and the display will be a relaxing way to spend the time waiting for upcoming flights.

The Asian Hall of Fame is a project of the Robert Chinn Foundation and was established in 2004.  It is a national recognition event for Asian Pacific Americans that honors achievements across industry and ethnicity with a national reach.  The event not only honors achievements, it inspires the next generation and builds a national community of Asian Pacific Americans. 

An opening reception will be held on: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 5:30 to 7:30 P.M. at Gina Marie Lindsey Arrival Hall, Seattle Tacoma International Airport

Ashford University Named a Top 100 Minority Degree Producer by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education

Ashford University logoList recognizes the post-secondary institutions that confer the most degrees to minority students in the United States

Ashford University has earned a spot on Diverse: Issues in Higher Education’s list as one of the institutions identified as a “Top 100 Minority Degree Producer for graduating students with degrees in various disciplines including education.” The list recognizes the post-secondary institutions that confer the most degrees to minority students in the United States.

“Ashford University is honored to be ranked by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education as an institution having a particular focus on helping minority students achieve the dream of earning a college degree,” said Dr. Craig Swenson, president and CEO of Ashford University. “We take great pride having assembled a truly dedicated staff and faculty who so capably serve the needs of a highly diverse student population.” Continue reading “Ashford University Named a Top 100 Minority Degree Producer by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education”

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. Continue reading “Transgender in the Workplace: Beyond the Bathroom”

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

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. Continue reading “University of Washington Bothell and T-Mobile Take on Tough Issues at April 8 Diversity Conference”