This National APWA Award was established to recognize individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to diversity. The American Public Works Association defines diversity as follows: Value of all individuals and different perspectives of those individuals, and providing the process for all to feel included as part of the whole. Diversity includes race, gender, creed, age, lifestyle, national origin, disability, personality, educational background and income level. Diversity is not an affirmative action nor an equal opportunity program. Specific award guidelines are available.