City Earns National Cultural Diversity Award

Release Date: 
03/11/2013

The City of Hermiston today received a national award for its commitment to cultural diversity.

The National League of Cities presented the City of Hermiston with the 2013 City Cultural Diversity Award during the NLC’s Congressional City Conference in Washington, D.C.  The award was given to Hermiston for its creation of a Hispanic Advisory Committee to the City Council. 

The City of Hermiston created the Hispanic Advisory Committee in June 2012 in response to the 2010 US Census figures showing that the documented Hispanic population accounts for 34.9% of the Hermiston population, and likely also includes a sizable un-documented population. This committee, which holds its regular meetings in Spanish, with English translations, acts as a fully functioning advisory board to the Hermiston City Council to create better access to the government of eastern Oregon’s largest city for members of the Hispanic community.

Hermiston City Council President Rod Hardin, along with City Councilor Manuel Gutierrez and Hispanic Advisory Committee Chairman Eddie de la Cruz traveled to Washington, D.C. to accept the award.

Other cities which were honored with the award for their population categories were Fort Worth, Texas, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Lake Worth, Florida.  The awards were presented at the NLC’s Celebrate Diversity Breakfast.  The Reverend Al Sharpton, host of MSNBC's ‘PoliticsNation,’ and Founder, National Action Network, addressed attendees at the breakfast about the importance of cultural diversity in communities.

The City Cultural Diversity Awards program was established in 1995 by the National Black Caucus of Local Elected officials (NBC-LEO) to promote cultural diversity in community governance through citizen and community participation. Winning cities are selected from a pool of applicants and are grouped according to population.

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