NBC-LEO Appoints City Cultural Diversity Award Judges

January 9, 2012
The National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) has announced the judges for the 2012 City Cultural Diversity Awards.

This year, the City Cultural Diversity Awards Program Committee will be chaired by NBC-LEO President-Elect Ulysses Addison, councilmember, Baton Rouge, La.

"This awards program provides a wonderful forum each year for learning about the innovative ideas that cities across the country are implementing to promote cultural diversity," said Addison. "Our panel of judges is peerless, and truly represents all the people of America. I invite our member cities to submit their programs and concepts to us, as in doing so, they will be sharing with cities everywhere and contributing in a purposeful way to the goal of achieving true diversity."

The judges from NBC-LEO are Past President Audwin Samuel, councilmember, Beaumont, Texas; NBC-LEO Secretary Lavonta Williams, councilmember, Wichita, Kan.; and one of the inaugural NBC-LEO Foundation Fellows, David Howard, councilmember, Charlotte, N.C.

Guest judges are represented from the NLC constituency groups - Women in Municipal Government (WIMG); Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Local Officials (GLBTLO); Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials (APAMO); and Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO).

They are Mary Dorothy "Dot" LaMarche, vice-mayor, Farragut, Tenn. (WIMG); Greg Pettis, councilmember, Cathedral City, Calif. (GLBTLO); APAMO President Gilbert Wong, mayor, Cupertino, Calif.; and HELO Immediate Past President Sergio Rodriguez, alderman, New Haven, Conn.

The awards will be presented at the NLC Congressional City Conference Celebrate Diversity Breakfast on Monday, March 12.

Award winners will be notified at the end of February.

Only NLC member cities are eligible to apply. The deadline for submission is Friday, January 27. A copy of the application is available to download on the NLC website (www.nlc.org) in the NBC-LEO section.

The City Cultural Diversity Awards Program has been developed to showcase examples of how cities achieve excellence in diversity. The awards are given to honor community leadership in developing creative and effective programs to improve cultural diversity.