Diversity Events

Our city hosts several cultural events throughout the year.  Events are designed to enhance diversity awareness and cultivate a sense of belonging within different cultures. 

32nd Annual Native American Recognition Days Opening Ceremony/Kick Off event:

When:        Friday, October 3, 2014

Where:      Vista Del Camino Community Center/Park

Time:         7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Please join us to celebrate the kick off of Native American Recognition Days 2014.  The event is free and open to the public.  Schedule of events include Scottsdale's Mayor welcome and Proclamation of NARD in Scottsdale, honor song by Phoenix Oyate drum group, Native American Veterans Flag raising ceremony, and blessing dance by Yaqui Deer Dancers and Hopi Palhik' Mana dance group.

Parking is free; Continental breakfast will be available!

For more information, please contact Sharon Cini, Diversity Liaison at 480-312-2727.

Civil Dialogue Series 2014 - The City of Scottsdale's Human Relations Commission is proud to present these series to encourage discussion regarding issues of diversity to "move towards the elimination of discrimination and prejudice."

When:      Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 
                "The People's History: An O'Otham Perspective"
                Speaker- Mr. Shannon Rivers

Where:    Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts- Stage 2
                7380 East Second Street, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251

Time:       3:00 p.m.

Light refreshments will be served.

Parking is free in the Civic Center Library garage. For questions, please call 480-312-2727 to RSVP.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration 

Dr. King's birthday is nationally recognized in January. In Scottsdale, we recognize his birthday through a partnership with Community Celebrating Diversity (CCD). We sponsor an annual MLK celebration that involves a community dinner, youth voices presentation, Diversity Champions recognition and concludes with an outdoor Peace & Community Day celebration. Each event has an educational component, entertainment and great food! 

Scottsdale Community Collaborative Scholarship

 The Scottsdale Community Collaborative Scholarship is funded by the corporate sponsors of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, La Gran Fiesta Community Celebration, along with the educational partnership of Community Celebrating Diversity and the Scottsdale Unified School District.  Access a Scottsdale Community Collaborative Scholarship Application, here.


Regional Unity Walk - The cities of Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler, Mesa and Gilbert honor civil rights history and ideals by joining together in a short walk that begins at different locations and culminates at the host city's location for a day of celebrating the unity of our communities.