Joining Hands Against Hate

Serving all aspects of The Bellingham Promise, equity, diversity, and inclusion supports equitable change in academic, social, and cultural development.  We support teaching & learning, professional development, community engagement, and human resources, co-creating opportunities for growth, dialogue, and access.

Bellingham Public Schools continues to sharpen our focus on equitable change, recognizing the benefits of growth in our community. We are proud to be a constant work in progress.

We are committed to providing and sustaining inclusive education for each young scholar in our system.  To accomplish our mission, we will develop and support initiatives to:

  • Remove institutional and systemic barriers to success.
  • Increase equitable access to resources.
  • Integrate diverse cultures, heritages, and identities in our classrooms, policies, and practices.
  • Advance and amplify historically silenced voices and stories in education.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Updates

Visit our EDI blog for updates and additional information from our director of equity, diversity and inclusion. Read the first update: “Taking care of yourself during challenging times.”

Event Calendar


Trainings and Workshops

(these courses are currently available for staff)

REACH Workshop: Cultural Identity & Diversity
The REACH framework assists staff members across school settings to acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to value and respect each student in a culturally responsive manner.

Culturally Responsive Practice Training

Participants will build awareness and understanding of culturally responsive teaching and the Ready for Rigor framework for instructional leaders in order to facilitate building level professional learning and collaborative inquiry/ coaching. Participants will be able to describe the Ready for Rigor framework and give examples for how the components of the framework can be actualized in their specific setting.

Introduction to Cultural Identity & Diversity

This course will focus on equity and diversity, with a focus on how to recognize bias’ and address them productively. Participants will learn what it means to be culturally responsive in classrooms, the school, and the community.

Anti-Bias Training

Emerge Strategic Designs supports the implementation of a bias response leadership team, supported by the district’s vision, mission, core beliefs, and key strategies. Increase bias awareness at the individual level. A) Advance praxis of personal identity development and explore influences and socialization. B) Identify inequity of privileges.

Contact Us


Janis Velasquez Farmer

Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion



Lorrie Melton

Executive Administrative Assistant, Teaching and Learning & Equity, Diversity and Inclusion



Bethany Barrett

Assistant Principal

360-676-6470 ext. 5209


Isabel Meaker

Executive Director, Family Engagement



Jay Jordan

Assistant Superintendent, Teaching and Learning