Sugar Land again named ADL Community of Respect

By Betsy Dolan

Pictured (L-R) at a recent City Council meeting are Southwest Region ADL Board Member Michael Schiff, City Manager Allen Bogard, Mayor James Thompson and ADL Southwest Region Senior Associate Director Jodi Bernstein.

Four years after being named the nation’s first “Community of Respect,” the Anti-Defamation League again recognized Sugar Land for its ongoing commitment to foster an inclusive and respectful community. Sugar Land has been a recipient of the award every year since the program’s inception.

The ADL formally presented its 2011 “Community of Respect” award to Sugar Land during a City Council meeting on March 6. The “Community of Respect” program is an initiative to help governments, non-profit organizations, faith institutions, businesses and institutes of higher learning create an atmosphere that rejects prejudice and fosters respect and an appreciation for diversity.

“The City of Sugar Land is proud to receive this designation, which recognizes the City’s continued commitment to the ‘Community of Respect’ program and our willingness to continue a partnership with the Anti-Defamation League to promote, respect, and celebrate each of our multi-cultural communities,” said City Manager Allen Bogard.

Sugar Land was recognized for efforts to complete three activities supporting a “Community of Respect,” including:

• development of a “two-way” communication brochure by the Employee Multi-Cultural Task Force for residents to explain what to expect when interacting with the City – particularly in the areas of public safety;

• continued police department multi-cultural efforts that have helped reduce targeted crimes against Asians and have further built trust within the community; and

• development of a cultural history video as part of the development of an internal training curriculum for staff.

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