NLC Honors 2023 Cultural Diversity Awards Winners

March 27, 2023 - (2 min read)

Washington, DC – The National League of Cities (NLC) has selected four municipalities as the winners of its 2023 Cultural Diversity Awards program. Awardees were recognized at NLC’s annual Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C., and were celebrated for developing innovative programs demonstrating cultural diversity and promoting inclusive resident involvement.

Submissions for the awards program were grouped by city population and evaluated for creativity, community impact, and program scope. The winning communities were selected from more than fifty municipalities across the country that applied:

2023 Diversity Award Winners

Population of 500,001 and above

City of Albuquerque, NM: Office of Equity & Inclusion

Population of 200,001-500,000

City of San Bernardino, CA: San Bernardino Festival: Where Our Cultures Connect

Population of 50,001-200,000

City of South San Francisco, CA: Cultures United

Population under 50,000

City of Myrtle Beach, SC: City of Myrtle Beach’s Office of Diversity Equity & Inclusion

“Creating diverse and inclusive programs within our communities is a key element to making our residents feel included and supported,” said NLC President and Mayor of Tacoma, WA, Victoria Woodards. “The innovative programs implemented in these cities showcase significant progress toward equitable communities and promote the importance of diversity, representation, and belonging. I applaud each of these municipalities for leading by example and their dedicated efforts to advancing cultural diversity.”

In addition to the top four winners, NLC also recognized four second-place winners, who received honorable mentions for their community leadership and contributions to promoting diversity.  

Second Place Winners

Population of 500,001 and above

City of Austin, TX: Cultural Funding Review Process

Population of 200,001-500,000

City of Winston-Salem, NC: Building Integrated Communities

Population of 50,001-200,000

City of Tempe, AZ: Hometown for All

Population under 50,000

City of Benicia, CA: From Just Us to Justice: A Community Equity Challenge

The City Cultural Diversity Awards are held annually and hosted jointly by all the NLC Constituency Groups.


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