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Ten community members receive New Hanover County Equity Awards

Posted August 23, 2021 at 2:38 pm     Category: Diversity & EquityNews Release

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – The New Hanover County Office of Diversity and Equity held its first annual Equity Awards Gala on August 20 and honored ten community members with awards for their efforts in expanding and elevating equity and diversity.

At the gala, New Hanover County Board of Commissioners Vice-Chair Deb Hays opened the event, saying: “I am truly delighted at the dedication you have shown to highlight and advocate for all our residents, and the exceptional model you have set for others. I’m so very proud of the work of New Hanover County’s Office of Diversity and Equity. In its first year, this office has stepped up to support our residents in remarkable ways. I look forward to this important work continuing and I applaud this team, and all of you, for lifting up every voice in our community.”

The recipients of the 2021 Equity Awards are:

  • John Monteith – Equity Award in Business
  • Malik El Shabazz – Equity Award in Education
  • Dr. Clifford Barnett Sr. – Equity Award in Faith-based Work
  • Dorian Cromartie – Equity Award for Community Efforts
  • Franchon Francees – Equity Award for Community Efforts
  • Pamela Penza – Equity Award for Community Efforts
  • Mayra Overstreet Galeano – Equity Award in Health
  • Brandon & Suprena Hickman – Equity Award in Nonprofit Work
  • Frankie Roberts – Equity Award in Nonprofit Work
  • Mathew Hines – Equity Award for Outstanding Youth

“The New Hanover County Equity Awards was created to celebrate the work of equity throughout the county, and this first year was a great success,” said New Hanover County’s Chief Diversity and Equity Officer Linda Thompson. “We received more than 48 nominations that showcased the incredible work our residents, businesses, and nonprofits are doing to promote diversity, inclusion, and respect county-wide. I want to congratulate our ten recipients and thank them for their commitment to help us heal forward together as a community.”


Diversity and Equity Award Winners

Diversity and Equity Awards




About the New Hanover County Office of Diversity and Equity
The New Hanover County Office of Diversity and Equity was established in June 2020 with a mission to promote an inclusive and fair work environment and build a culture and community where employees and residents are respected, valued and understood for their own identity. The office serves as a catalyst for change among underrepresented groups and ensures services, policies, and procedures within New Hanover County Government promote access, equity and inclusion. Beyond internal priorities for the office, staff members also engage in community outreach, furthering New Hanover County’s commitment to these shared values and promotion of diversity, inclusion, fairness, and respect county-wide. For more information about the Office of Diversity and Equity, visit Diversity.NHCgov.com.

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