NLC Recognizes Diversity Programs

March 9, 2020 - (2 min read)

The National League of Cities has selected eight municipalities for their innovative programs promoting inclusivity and diversity as the winners of its 2020 Cultural Diversity Awards.  

Submissions for the awards program were grouped by size, and evaluated for creativity, impact on the community and scope of the program. The winning communities: 

Populations of 500,001 and above

 CulturePass Dallas
Populations of 200,001-500,000  City of Arlington, Texas – World Language  Storytime
   City of Riverside, California – Riverside NextGen Farmer Training Program
Populations of 50,000-200,000  City of Auburn, Washington – Cultural Diversity/Health Equity in the Auburn Community
   City of South San Francisco, California – Diversity: It’s In the City’s DNA
Under 50,000  City of Northglenn, Colorado – Northglenn Arts
   City of Sunny Isles Beach, Florida – Sunny Isles Beach International Internship Program


“The demographics of our cities, towns, and villages are changing and our local elected officials are responding positively to ensure our communities are inclusive, welcoming, and adaptive,” said NLC President and Los Angeles City Council President Pro Tempore Joe Buscaino. “We are excited to celebrate these municipalities that are leading the way in embracing diversity.” 

Awardees were recognized at the Congressional City Conference in Washington, DC. To learn more about NLC Cultural Diversity Award winners, visit