According to the Ethnic Community Committee, the Diversity Distinction Awards were initiated to recognize the good works of those in the community. The committee has bestowed the award on 33 individuals and 31 organizations since 2008.
“As a committee, we recognize that community members do so much to further understanding and respect among the many cultures and ethnicities that call the City of Sterling Heights home,” said Ethnic Community Committee Chairperson Kozeta Elzhenni. “We believe it is most appropriate that the individuals’ and organizations’ efforts be recognized by the Mayor, City Council, Ethnic Committee, and fellow residents."
To be considered for the prestigious honor, individual nominees should:
Promote understanding among city residents of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds
Demonstrate appreciation and acceptance of all cultures in his or her every day functions
Businesses nominated should:
Recruit, retain and advance people of color
Incorporate workplace diversity into corporate goals and/or performance measures
Show a commitment to diversity through philanthropic contributions