2020 Equal Opportunity Dinner and Awards
Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 | Live Stream 7-8PM
Even though we can't gather in person, we can still celebrate ULK from the comfort of home. With the recent restrictions on in-person gatherings, we have come up with a way to continue the tradition of this annual event virtually. This year’s theme is “Disrupting the Status Quo: Workplace Equality NOW!”
The Equal Opportunity Dinner is an annual fundraising event that celebrates trailblazing leaders who personify ULK’s Mission of Empowering Communities and Changing Lives. The event this year will include sponsors hosting private dinner parties, a panel of professionals to discuss actionable change for an equitable workplace, and a live stream presentation of the awards.
Click here to register for your FREE general admission to view the live stream and don't forget to purchase your raffle ticket for a chance to win a cash prize!
Please join us in congratulating our Honorees:
BRANDON JOHNSON, Wichita City Council, District 1
Whitney M. Young Leadership Award - This award acknowledges one exceptional leader who works to improve the local urban community through influential leadership. Whitney Young expanded the National Urban League from a small advocacy organization to a multi-million dollar operating nonprofit with a leading national presence. During his tenure from 1961 to 1971, Young brought the organization to the forefront of the American Civil Rights Movement.
COX COMMUNICATIONS, a national internet, cable, and phone provider.
Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Award - This award acknowledges an organization that strives towards a safe, inclusive, empathetic, and talented work environment. This organization is known for its openness to diversity and ongoing inclusion which cultivates fully engaged and effective teamwork. Employees at this organization are respected, valued, and thriving.
CREATE CAMPAIGN, INC., a nonprofit, entrepreneur empowerment hub of central-northeast Wichita.
Exceptional Nonprofit or Small Business Award - This award acknowledges a nonprofit or small business (less than 500 employees) in the Wichita metro area which is able to constantly create meaningful impact and engagement for the community by connecting people to their mission and values. This organization influences and inspires its staff, board, volunteers, donors, and other community partners. They provide resources, programs, or services that help build and sustain strong communities.
Thank you to our generous sponsors:
Register and Vote at ULK
We are excited to partner with the Sedgwick County Election Office for the 2020 general and primary elections. The ULK will serve as a vital polling site within the urban community.
Historically, far too many voices have been missing from the polls, particularly among racially and economically disadvantaged people. In 2016, only 61% of the voting-age population reported voting, and only 59% of African Americans reported voting. That means over 20 millions African Americas did not or could not vote.
By serving as a polling site in 2020, the ULK hopes to close some of the gap seen in the urban community voting population.