Diversity and Inclusion Awareness Month

On May 16, 2016, Roanoke City Council issued the following proclamation:

WHEREAS,    the success of any organization is contingent upon a workplace where the administration encourages a workforce which serves, appreciates, respects, and values the variety of differences that exist in a shared community;

WHEREAS,    in 2006 the city administration formed a Diversity Advisory Council of employees who have volunteered to work collaboratively to promote inclusion in our culture, elevate our core values and who serve as inclusion champions for the organization;

Whereas,    the Council has diligently sought to promote diversity and inclusion as strengths to be encouraged and celebrated; and to discourage discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, age, socioeconomic status, and other factors which deny the essential humanity of all people;

WHEREAS,    the Diversity Advisory Council emphasizes the benefits of elevating the performance of the organization by respecting, celebrating, and embracing the collective mixture of differences and similarities of our employees;

WHEREAS,    our behaviors will demonstrate a deep commitment to our core values of honesty, respect, responsibility, teamwork, diversity, and inclusion; and a variety of employee events will be conducted which will highlight these values; and

WHEREAS,    the Diversity Advisory Council will continue to promote a welcoming, inclusive, and open work environment that delivers excellent service and creates a more vibrant and inviting community.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, David A. Bowers, Mayor of the City of Roanoke, Virginia, do hereby proclaim May 2016 throughout this great, six-time All-America City, as


Given under our hands and the Seal of the City of Roanoke this sixteenth day of May in the year two thousand and sixteen.