"Making an Affirmative Difference in Our Nation's Cities"
Sponsored by the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials of the National League of Cities
Recognizing the growing diversity in America's cities, the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO), a leading voice for African American leadership in local government and a constituency group of the National League of Cities (NLC), believes that diversity should be reflected in the activities of America's cities and towns.
As a result, NBC-LEO established the City Cultural Diversity Awards as a means of demonstrating quality and innovation in relation to the many aspects of cultural diversity. This awards program is designed to: 1) encourage citizen involvement in local government-sponsored activities; and 2) enhance and show the appreciation of cultural diversity as a way of life in our municipalities.
The City Cultural Diversity Awards Program has been developed to showcase examples of how cities achieve excellence in diversity. It also promotes the positive results of "a total community collaboration." The awards are given to honor community leadership in developing creative and effective programs to improve cultural diversity.
National League of Cities member cities are eligible to apply. An entry fee is required to apply for the awards program in a specific population category. A total of four City Cultural Diversity first place awards will be presented at the annual March Celebrate Diversity Breakfast at the National League of Cities Congressional City Conference. The following population categories each have a specific entry fee:
The City Cultural Diversity Awards application must focus on one municipal program. If you have additional programs, they must be submitted separately with an additional application form and entry fee. A program must demonstrate that it has:
Each program must demonstrate that cultural diversity is an ongoing and recognized effort in your city or town. Programs may cover government-generated or community-based efforts in your municipality. All awards recipients will be chosen by an independent panel of judges represented in the NBC-LEO City Cultural Diversity Awards Program Committee. Judges will be represented from NBC-LEO as well as some of the other NLC constituency or member groups.
Awards recipients will be recognized during the National League of Cities (NLC) Celebrate Diversity Breakfast held annually during NLC's Congressional City Conference. In addition, each awards recipient will receive national and local media coverage, including a feature article in NBC-LEO's Newslines newsletter, NBC-LEO's web page, NLC's website, NLC's Nation's Cities Weekly newspaper; and in the quarterly NLC Constituency and Member Group Report.
For any questions related to the City Cultural Diversity Awards, please contact Rikka Batulan at NLC.