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