SALT LAKE CITY — The National League of Cities named Salt Lake City the first-place recipient of its annual City Cultural Diversity Award at a ceremony in the nation's capital.
The honor recognizes Salt Lake City's Human Rights Education Project, a mayor's office initiative designed to provide the city's refugee and immigrant communities with fundamental information to assist with integrating into the community.
The Salt Lake City Mayor's Office of Diversity and Human Rights launched the education project in May 2012. Since that time, the office has hosted 14 workshops for a dozen community organizations on topics ranging from employment rights to sexual violence prevention to U.S. citizenship. The workshops have been translated into 12 languages.
Each workshop is led by a member of the Human Rights Committee, a group comprised of delegates from local nonprofit organizations, the Salt Lake City Police Department and the Salt Lake City Justice Court.
The Office of Diversity and Human Rights collaborates with the committee, as well as members of the refugee community and Salt Lake City's religious institutions, to craft the curriculum and identify topics that fit the needs of immigrant and refugee communities.