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Mayor's Diversity and Inclusion Awards


2020 Mayor's Diversity and Inclusion Award Honorees

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Briana Simmons

Briana Simmons  

The Denver Women’s Commission nominates Briana Simmons from Soul 2 Soul Sisters for the 2020 Mayor’s Diversity and Inclusion Award. Simmons manages the only all-Black Doula Collective in Colorado, providing a necessary service to a community who faces disproportionate health disparities. 


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Oromo Community of Colorado

Oromo Community of Colorado

The Immigrant and Refugee Commission nominates the Oromo Community of Colorado for the 2020 Mayor’s Diversity and Inclusion Award. In response to COVID-19 the OCC has been tremendous in providing food distribution, education on safety precautions, and help with unemployment applications. 


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Dr. DJ Ida

Dr DJ Ida

The Denver AAPI Commission nominates Dr. DJ Ida for the 2020 Mayor’s Diversity and Inclusion Award. Dr. DJ Ida is the founder and Executive Director of the National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association. In light of COVID-19, her work is now more important than ever. 


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Christine A. Nelson

Christine A. Nelson

The Denver American Indian Commission nominates Christine A. Nelson, founder of Colorado Rises, for the 2020 Mayor’s Diversity and Inclusion Award. Nelson has dedicated herself to working with Indigenous educators, activists, and leaders to promote her community’s well being during COVID-19. 


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Tran Wills

Tran Wills

The Denver Strategic Partnerships Commission nominates Tran Wills for the 2020 Mayor’s Diversity and Inclusion Award. Tran is a woman of color, mother of four, and the founder of Base Coat Salon, a non-toxic nail salon. She is a fierce leader for marginalized people in our community.


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Sergeant Tanya Dobbins

Sergeant Tanya Dobbins

The Denver LGBTQ Commission posthumously nominates Sergeant Tanya Dobbins for the 2020 Mayor’s Diversity and Inclusion Award. Dobbins was the first LGBTQ Commission liaison to the Denver Sheriff’s Dept. and the first female president of the Denver chapter of the Black Sheriff's Protective Association. Her love of social advocacy and camaraderie to her fellow community members and allies is, and will forever, be deeply missed, and well-remembered.


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Blind Institute of Technology

Blind Institute of Technology

The Denver Commission for People with Disabilities nominates the Blind Institute of Technology for the 2020 Mayor’s Diversity  and Inclusion Award. BIT is a Denver-based nonprofit leading the charge to include disabled professionals in diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives nationwide. 


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Local representative Noreen Wilson, Operation Hope

Local representative Noreen Wilson, Operation Hope 

The Denver African American Commission nominates Operation Hope, with local representative Noreen Wilson, for the Mayor’s 2020 Diversity and Inclusion Award. Operation HOPE is a nonprofit organization working to disrupt poverty and empower inclusion for low and moderate-income individuals. 


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Roberto Rey

Roberto Rey

The Denver Commission on Aging nominates Roberto Rey from the AARP for the 2020 Mayor’s Diversity and Inclusion Award. Roberto has done tremendous work in advocating for the elderly Latino community by developing a free income tax service and helping to increase voter registration. 


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Norberto "Beto" Mojardin

Norberto "Beto" Mojardin

The Denver Latino Commission nominates Norberto "Beto" Mojardin for the 2020 Mayor's Diversity and Inclusion Award. Beto is an Artist, Designer, Community Leader and more.  Beto founded both the Colorado Day of the Dead Festival and Latin Fashion Week Colorado. He works collaboratively with several cultural institutions and mentors many.  He is an inspiration to all who know him.


That concludes this year's recognition of the Mayor's Diversity and Inclusion Awards. Thank you to our incredible Awardees for their commitment to serving Denver residents. Tuesday, December 8th 2020 is Colorado Gives Day and this is a great reminder to donate to these and other great organizations if you can!

 
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