The 23rd annual Columbia Values Diversity Awards were presented at the annual Columbia Values Diversity Celebration on Thursday, Jan 16. at the Holiday Inn Expo Center. The awards are given to an individual and group that have made significant contributions to promoting diversity and cultural understanding in our community.
Nikki McGruder, GMLC 2018, received the “Individual 2020 Diversity Award“. The selection committee made comments about Nikki’s work in the Columbia community “Nikki’s work and perseverance towards building an inclusive Columbia community reflect the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who led others with education, commitment and direct action. Nikki has fostered relationships and forged partnerships with all types of organizations to create room for productive dialogues both informally and through the Journey to Inclusive Excellence. Under her leadership, thousands of community members have been reached through events, training and educational opportunities.”