Three selected as winners for GLC Diversity Roundtable's Diversity Best Practices Awards

LAFAYETTE – The Lafayette Police Department, the YWCA Greater Lafayette and Renee Thomas, of the Purdue University Black Cultural Center have been selected winners of diversity awards from the Greater Lafayette Commerce's Diversity Roundtable, the committee announced.

The Lafayette Police Department will be given the 2017 Workforce Diversity Best Practices Award for its outstanding community outreach initiatives and recruiting efforts. The YWCA Greater Lafayette will receive the roundtable's 2017 DRT Diversity Leader Awards for nonprofits for its continued outstanding service in addressing diversity issues in the community. For the individual DRT Diversity Leader Award, Thomas, the longtime director of the Black Cultural Center, was recognized for her consistent dedication to the students at Purdue, bringing events of the BCC to Greater Lafayette and her community involvement at-large.

"The winners have all made a commitment to making Greater Lafayette a welcoming community for everyone," said Clyde Hughes, the DRT awards committee chair and outgoing co-facilitator. "Greater Lafayette is a better place in terms of diversity and inclusion because of their great work and dedication."

The awards will be presented at the Greater Lafayette Commerce's annual gala at Purdue University Ross-Ade Stadium on September 20.

About the Diversity Roundtable (DRT)

The Diversity Roundtable is a volunteer organization originally sponsored by the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, now the Greater Lafayette Commerce, to promote diversity in the community. The DRT focuses on education, consciousness-raising and action. Participants include concerned residents and representatives from various area businesses and organizations. The DRT meets the first Thursday of each month at the YWCA from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meetings are open to the public.