Columbia Values Diversity Awards

Mayor Brian Treece and Nikki McGruder
(2017 Organizational Award) Columbia Mayor Brian Treece, left, presents the Diversity Group Award to Diversity Awareness Partnership’s regional manager, Nikki McGruder. 

Mayor Brian Treece and Bill Thompson and Carla London
(2017 Individual Awards) Columbia Mayor Brian Treece, presents the Diversity Individual Award to co-winners Bill Thompson (left) and Carla London (right)

Do you know an individual/family or organization/group (community group, business, school, church, etc.) who has had significant impact in our community in promoting appreciation for diversity and cultural understanding? People whose work in our community exemplifies the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in fostering individual dignity, racial equality, understanding, peacemaking, and solving problems through non-violence?

Each year, the Columbia Values Diversity Celebration Planning Committee recognizes citizens who make significant contributions to our community through the Columbia Values Diversity Award program. Two awards are presented annually at the Columbia Values Diversity Celebration:

  • One Individual/Family Award, and
  • One Organization/Group Award

The deadline to submit a 2018 nomination is Monday, November 27, 2017

Please contact the Office of Cultural Affairs by calling (573) 874-7311 or e-mail us at: for more information or to be mailed a nomination form.

Current and Previous Award Winners and Nominees

Current and previous award winners represent a broad spectrum of our community working in unique ways to promote diversity and cultural understanding.