In 1992 Framingham, Massachusetts attorney John P. Garrahan - in his role as Chair of the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce - invited a group of business, educational, legal, religious, and civic leaders to come together to discuss a novel idea. From the time of that first small gathering, the Alliance for MetroWest Unity has been a community-wide presence in promoting unity and raising awareness of issues related to diversity and inclusion.
The founders saw that much recognition went to students who excelled at academics or sports, but that young people who lead their communities in breaking down barriers, increasing inclusion, and fostering environments where acceptance and unity flourished, also deserved recognition - and had much to teach the greater community.
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Since 1993, the Alliance has recognized public and private high school students from the MetroWest region for their leadership in diversity, inclusion, and unity as part of the annual MetroWest Community Prayer Breakfast or at other events. The annual event and award ceremony includes student and adult guest speakers, and provides the community an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of each year’s Leadership in Diversity and Nancy King awardees.
The work of each of our awardees is as varied and unique as our community - from leadership in anti-discrimination activities, forming new organizations, leading in programs to educate other students, faculty, and parents, active participation in programs that increase awareness and full participation of each person in a community, countering bullying, teaching mediation, to unique service projects – each contributing to a more inclusive, fair, and just MetroWest.