FBI Norfolk Announces Selection for Director’s Community Leadership Award
The FBI Norfolk Field Office selected the Hampton Roads Diversity and Inclusion Consortium (HRDIC) as their nominee for a 2019 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for their commitment to promoting civil rights and inclusion in Hampton Roads.
The HRDIC was formed in 2013 to promote the principles of diversity and inclusion throughout the region. The group collaborates with more than 150 community leaders and allies from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors; academia; and law enforcement who engage in quarterly consortium meetings to discuss the challenges that confront community and workplace diversity in Hampton Roads and propose solutions for resolving those issues.
For more than six years, FBI Norfolk’s Civil Rights Unit has engaged in outreach efforts with HRDIC on issues such as civil rights, human trafficking, and violence motivated by race, religion, national origin, gender identity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
In 2019, HRDIC partnered with FBI Norfolk and the Newport News Police Department to host a community event that provided a venue to openly discuss law enforcement’s presence in disparaged communities, grievances, and perceptions that taint their view of law enforcement.
Special Agent in Charge Martin Culbreth meets with leaders of the HRDIC during an DCLA nominee reception at the Norfolk Field Office.
During a nominee reception at the Norfolk Field Office, Special Agent in Charge Martin Culbreth said, “The HRDIC has taught us a lot about what it means to be an inclusive community and the impact of putting values into action. We are proud to be their partners, inspired by their vision and leadership, and grateful for their support.”
This spring, the HRDIC board chair and executive director will join honorees selected by other FBI field offices across the nation to receive the award from Director Wray during a ceremony at FBI Headquarters in Washington, DC.