Project Humanities Director Receives Annual MLK Diversity Awards 2017

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January 16, 2017

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TEMPE, Ariz - Today, the City of Tempe announced winners of the annual MLK Diversity Awards. This year's winners include the creator of ASU’s Humanity 101 Movement, Tempe's Challenge Day organizers, a welcoming church, a group that helps at-risk youth of all backgrounds and other outstanding community members.

The City of Tempe can help coordinate interviews with winners as well as City of Tempe representatives. Media is welcome to attend the event.

The 19th Annual City of Tempe Human Relations Commission MLK Diversity Awards Breakfast will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 16, at The Tempe Marriott at the Buttes Resort, Kachina Ballroom, 2000 Westcourt Way, Tempe.  The awards breakfast will honor community members and groups who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity in Tempe. Diversity is a core principle of the City of Tempe. 

The breakfast and awards ceremony will feature keynote speaker Ahmad Daniels, Transformation Facilitator and Life Coach, and past Executive Director for CIAR Arizona.  Attendance at the event is by RSVP only.  The cost of the breakfast is $10. To RSVP, visit to print out an RSVP card, or call 480-350-8979 to secure your seat.  
The following people/groups will be recognized at the Diversity Awards Breakfast: 
Dr. Neal Lester – Individual Adult

 Dr. Neal Lester is the Arizona State University Foundation Professor of English and is also the founding director of the Project Humanities initiative at ASU.  Under the umbrella of Project Humanities, Dr. Lester created the Humanity 101 Movement, a toolbox of virtual and tangible strategies that provide diverse programming and activities focused around core principles of kindness, compassion, integrity, respect, empathy, forgiveness, and self-reflection.  Workshops and sessions focus on sensitivity and bias training in the workplace, and offer organizations the opportunity to collaborate and focus on creating work environments built on mutual respect.  Dr. Lester works tirelessly as a teacher, scholar, citizen, and servant leader committed to promoting and embodying the goals of Project Humanities and Humanity 101:  to be more empathetic, more compassionate, more respectful, and kinder.

For more information, call Diversity Manager Ginny Belousek at 480 350-8979.

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