Diversity at Every Door
April 22, 2013
As a member of the Northland Diversity Council, I want to share with you an exciting event that took place Saturday, April 13th. The Northland Diversity Council had its annual Unity through Diversity Awards Dinner recognizing outstanding educational, business, and personal achievements in diversity in the Kansas City Northland area. With Congressman Emanuel Cleaver as a keynote speaker and the reading of the winning entries of the student essays, it was the event not to be missed. In the elementary school category, the award was given to Dagmawi Mengistu, a 5th grader from Linden West Elementary School and a son of Ethiopian immigrants, for his winning essay "Diversity in Democracy." In the middle school category, Maya Rufo, a 7th grader from Northgate Middle School, won the competition with her poem "Diversity at Every Door." Alyse Perry from Northgate Middle School received an honorary mention for her essay on diversity.
Awards were also presented to this year's selections for Individual, Educator, and Business of the Year. It was my pleasure to present a 2013 Individual of the Year Award to Chef Tito of Latin Bistro for his contributions to preserving Mayan Mexican culture and heritage. Educator of the Year Award was given to Sharon Yoder, a teacher with North Kansas City Schools, for her contributions in education. And last but not least, the 2013 Business of the Year Award went to Samuel Rogers Health Center for their outstanding work serving our diverse communities.
Diversity in our communities provides opportunities to work together towards mutual respect and progress. As Congressman Cleaver said, "Diversity is our only hope."