Our employee Diversity Advisory Committee (DAC) hosts several cultural events and promotions designed to enhance our employees' understanding of different cultures.
2013 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration
Dr. King's birthday is nationally recognized in January. In Scottsdale, we recognize his birthday through a partnership with Community Celebrating Diversity (CCD). We sponsor an annual MLK celebration that involves a community dinner, youth voices presentation, Diversity Champions recognition and concludes with an outdoor Peace & Community Day celebration. Each event has an educational component, entertainment and great food! The 19th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration and Scholarship Dinner will be held at Tuesday, January 15, 2013. You can receive more information and purchase tickets, here.
2012 Scottsdale Community Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Watch CityCable 11's taped coverage of the annual event that honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 2012 Scottsdale Community Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, runs Saturdays at 2, 6 and 9 p.m. on City Cable 11. You can also watch it online here.
2012-2013 Scottsdale Community Collaborative Scholarship
The Scottsdale Community Collaborative Scholarship is funded by the corporate sponsors of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, La Gran Fiesta Community Celebration, along with the educational partnership of Community Celebrating Diversity and the Scottsdale Unified School District. Access a Scottsdale Community Collaborative Scholarship Application, here.
2013 Regional Unity Walk - The cities of Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler, Mesa and Gilbert honor civil rights history and ideals by joining together in a short walk that begins at different locations and culminates at the host city's location for a day of celebrating the unity of our communities.
Black History Month Authors Celebration - The month of February is nationally recognized as Black History Month. In collaboration with the City of Glendale Library we host a community event where residents are invited to engage in a dialogue with Black authors in recognition of Black History month.
Civil Dialogue Series 2012-2013 - The City of Scottsdale's Human Relations Commission and the Scottsdale Public Library System are proud to present this series to encourage discussion regarding issues of diversity. Why? It supports the commission's mission of "Creating Communication Networks to Promote Diversity and Move Towards the Elimination of Discrimination and Prejudice." To register for upcoming sessions, click here or or go to www.scottsdalelibrary.org, or call (480) 312-7323 (READ) or the Office of Diversity at (480) 312-7772 . To request reasonable disability accommodations, call the Office of Diversity at (480) 312-7772 at least 48 hours in advance.
Random Acts of Kindness - DAC members solicit nominations from city employees where employees are observed conducting a "random act of kindness". The month of February is nationally known for Valentine's Day and the Committee sponsors this promotion in recognition of that day.
Cinco de Mayo - US citizens of Mexican descent celebrate their ancestry on May 5th, in a celebration known as Cinco de Mayo. Employees are invited to attend for the purpose of learning the history and significance of the celebration. Festivities include live entertainment, piñatas, and great food.
Read more information about this holiday.
Juneteenth - Most employees are aware of history related to the Emancipation Proclamation. However, some are unaware that although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863, some slaves didn't receive word of their freedom until two years afterwards on June 19th. The event serves as an opportunity for employees to experience a Juneteenth celebration.
Hispanic Heritage Community Celebration - The month span of September 15th through October 15th is nationally recognized as Hispanic Heritage Month. In partnership with the Human Relations Commission (HRC), we host the annual Hispanic Heritage Community Celebration. Each year the event gets larger and includes live entertainment, educational booths, food, vendors, and art exhibits.
Sharing The Seasons - During the holiday season (October through January) there are a number of religious holidays celebrated by our employees. Each year we publish a document that provides a historical context about each of the different holidays and enhances our understanding of others whose faith may be different from our own.