You, Me, We = Oakley! Wins International Award 

We are proud to announce that “You, Me, We = Oakley!” (YMWO) has been honored by
the  International City Management Association (ICMA) as the recipient of the
“Community  Diversity  &  Inclusion  Program  Excellence  Award”  for  outstanding  local  government  programs.

The award recognizes communities for building or celebrating diversity and inclusiveness.  Oakley was one of just three recipients nationwide, winning in the category of cities with  populations from 10,000 to 50,000.

YMWO is a grant‐funded program that aims to create opportunities for Oakley’s diverse  residents to come together and better understand one another, appreciate each other’s  stories and recognize their common desire to build a stronger, safer and more vibrant  community.

There are seven outcomes that YMWO works to accomplish, which can be summarized by  increased civic involvement across all demographics and strengthened relationships.

The program began in 2011, with unanimous support of partners including the City of  Oakley,  the  local  school  districts,  church  congregations,  and  community‐based  organizations. YMWO has received over $600,000 in private grants.

Recent activities made possible through YMWO include: quarterly citizenship drives, the  Heart of Oakley Festival’s cultural and entertainment subcomponents, dinning dialogues,  citizens’ leadership academy, translation of City forms/policies, informational workshops  such as “Becoming American” or “Dia de los Muertos,” implicit bias training and related  follow‐up trainings that equip City Staff to offer impartial services to all residents.

The ICMA award acknowledges the work done by the many volunteers and community  leaders  to  ensure  that  every  policy,  program,  law,  and  event  adhere  to  some  basic  welcoming  principles  including  treating  all  residents  with  dignity  and  respect  and  embracing the diversity that makes for a unified and participatory community.

“We are honored to have received this ICMA Award and could not have done it without  our dedicated volunteers,” said Gabriela Banos‐alvan, YMWO Program Coordinator. “It’s  so gratifying to have Oakley recognized on a national level.”

Would you like to help contribute to the effort of making Oakley and even more cohesive and accepting community?  Please go to and take the pledge to  observe the ten welcoming principles such as treating others the way you would like to be  treated, striving to understand cultures other than your own, and challenging stereotypes  that divide.

About Kevin

Mayor - City of Oakley, Manager of Mainframe Operations and Optimization – USS-POSCO INDUSTRIES, Co-Founder and Board Member - Friends of Oakley A Community Foundation, Commissioner - Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Board Member - Tri Delta Transit, Transplan, San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority and RD 2137, Advisory Board – Opportunity Junction
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