Toyota Recognized as a Leader of Diversity at National Urban League Equal Opportunity Dinner

Toyota Recognized as a Leader of Diversity

The 59th annual National Urban League Equal Opportunity Dinner took place late last month, honoring an array of organizations, individuals, and corporations who have contributed to equality and diversity. Toyota was among the winners because of its place “at the forefront of empowering underserved communities and its dedication to corporate diversity.”

Jim Colon, the vice president of African American Business Strategy at Toyota, spoke on behalf of the company and its employees, saying “it’s truly an honor to receive the Corporate Leadership Award,” and that “the National Urban League is one of Toyota’s most valued and long-standing partners.”

Toyota has a long history of championing diversity and equal opportunity. In 2015, it was the only automaker named to Diversity Inc’s Top-50 list, which chooses the 50 American companies that show the highest dedication to improving the plight of the underprivileged and encouraging the growth of diversity and multiculturalism based on employment records, recruiting methods, outreach, and leadership.

Toyota is the most popular brand of choice for many minority groups in the US including the African American, Asian, and Latino communities, and the company has always sought to reach people of color through its advertising and philanthropy.

History Teachers Wins Toyota Teacher of the Year Award

Toyota Teacher of the Year

For the first time in the award’s 19 year history, a high school teacher has finally won as the Toyota Family Teacher of the Year. Kristen Whitaker, who teaches history and government at Columbia Heights Education Campus in Washington, D.C., won the award thanks to her dedication to students and families through home visits.

Home visits unite students, families, and educators all together and create a strong and joint force towards a great education. Whitaker has spurred the CHEC faculty to make over 200 home visits this school year alone. It’s exactly the kind of effort that the Toyota Teacher of the Year award seeks to honor, an effort that recognizes the importance of the family in a child’s education.

Whitaker received a $20,000 grant along with the award. The grant money will be used to fund a family summer camp for minority students and their families, continuing Whitaker’s work and in line with Toyota’s overall efforts in the program. Here at Dick Dyer Toyota, we’re proud to work for a company that seeks to educate and honor our future.