Sterling Heights seeks Diversity Distinction nominees

The Detroit News

Know a business or resident celebrating diversity in Sterling Heights? The city’s Ethnic Community Committee wants to honor them.

The group is seeking nominations for its ninth annual Diversity Distinction Awards, which are scheduled to be presented during the City Council’s Dec. 6 meeting.

Nominations of Sterling Heights residents or businesses, or those working in the city, are due by Oct. 28. Forms can be found at or by calling Community Relations at (586) 446-2470.

To be considered, individual nominees should be promoting understanding among city residents of different cultural and ethnic backgrounds as well as “demonstrate appreciation and acceptance of all cultures in his or her every day functions,” according to the city’s website.

Businesses nominated should be recruiting, retaining and advancing minorities; incorporating workplace diversity into corporate goals and/or performance measures; and showing a commitment to diversity through philanthropic contributions, city officials said.

The committee has given the award to 32 people and 30 organizations since 2008, according to leaders.

“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 Shawn Taylor, Ethnic Community Committee chairman, in a statement.

“Our residents help to make Sterling Heights one of the safest cities in Michigan, one of the fastest growing cities in Michigan, and one of the most welcoming cities in Michigan.”