Sugar Land again named ADL Community of Respect

Pictured (L-R) during a recent presentation at a City Council meeting are Ian Scharfman, ADL vice chair for the southwest region, and Mayor James Thompson.

Five years after being named the nation’s first “Community of Respect,” the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) 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 2012 “Community of Respect” award to Sugar Land during a City Council meeting on March 5. 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.

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

• implementation of multi-cultural training for more than 180 employees;

• an ongoing series of community newsletter articles that focus on multi-cultural traditions that reflect the demographics of Sugar Land; and

• an evaluation of future park programming options to reflect the diverse needs of the community.

“The City of Sugar Land is proud to receive this designation, one that recognizes the City’s continued commitment to promote, respect and celebrate each of our multi-cultural communities,” said City Manager Allen Bogard.

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