The National League of Cities (NLC) today recognized seven cities for implementing programs that enhance and promote cultural diversity in their communities. Presented at the “Celebrate Diversity Breakfast” at the 2016 Congressional City Conference in Washington, the City Cultural Diversity Awards recognize municipal programs that encourage citizen involvement and honor cities that develop creative and effective programs designed to improve and promote cultural diversity through a collaborative process with city officials, community leaders and residents.
Cities honored for 2016 are: San Antonio, Texas; Austin, Texas; Grand Prairie, Texas; Wichita, Kan.; Dubuque, Iowa; and Avondale, Ariz.
The City Cultural Diversity Awards Program was established in 1995 by the National Black Caucus of Local Elected officials (NBC-LEO) to promote cultural diversity in community governance through citizen and community participation. Winning cities are selected by guest judges representative of NLC’s constituency groups and are grouped according to population.
Award-winning City Programs
100,001-400,000 population category
Second Place: Wichita Police Department Organizational Assessment, Wichita, Kansas
The Wichita Police Department conducted a comprehensive organizational assessment to improve operations and community relations at a time when law enforcement is experiencing public scrutiny. The assessment engaged a third party to ensure objectivity and included diverse groups within the community. Key among the topics discussed and acted upon were community policing and race, body cameras, citizens with mental illness and racial profiling training policy.
(Read more: NLC)