The City of Tempe Diversity office received the 2013 City Cultural Diversity Award from the National League of Cities’ Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials. The award was presented at the National League of Cities Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C. on March 11. The NBC-LEO City Cultural Diversity Award honors community leadership in developing creative and effective programs designed to improve and promote cultural diversity.
Tempe received the award for its program, “Teens Conversing to Build a Better Community,” which is a program that fosters community dialogues on issues of diversity while promoting civil discourse. Most importantly, the program serves as a succession plan to develop Tempe’s next wave of inclusive leaders. “The best way to embrace our differences begins with conversation,” said Diversity Director Rosa Inchausti. “Tempe is known for being a progressive city, not only with business, technology and regional issues, but also with diversity and inclusion. We hope these teens, who recognize the value of people and their differences, will continue to serve on Tempe’s Boards, Commissions, committees and even City Council.”
The City of Tempe Diversity Office was created in August, 2002. Through its collaboration with the Human Relations Commission they promote inclusiveness and equity for the City of Tempe community. For more information about the city’s Diversity Office, visit www.tempe.gov/diversity.