Ethnic Community Committee


  • 6 p.m.
  • Meets the 1st Thursday of each month
  • Administrative Liaison - Melanie Davis, Community Relations Director
  • City Hall
    Room 201
    40555 Utica Road
    Sterling Heights, MI 48313

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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  • Carmen Williams, Chairperson
    Term ending: June 30, 2022
  • Kalechi Anyaogu
    Term ending: June 30, 2023
  • Mohammed Alomari
    Term ending: June 30, 2023
  • Dunia Arif
    Term ending: June 30, 2021
  • Abbott Basal
     Term ending June 30, 2024
  • William Dechavez
     Term ending June 30, 2023

  • Kozeta Elzhenni                                                Term Ending June 30, 2024
  • Susan Kattula
    Term ending: June 30, 2024
  • Iqbal Singh
    Term ending: June 30, 2024

  • Shawn Taylor
    Term ending: June 30, 2022


Established by City Council resolution in June 1990, the Ethnic Community Committee serves as a forum for dealing with issues and concerns of the ethnic community in Sterling Heights. The committee has been honoring individuals, businesses, and organizations since 2008. The committee initiates programs to promote the City's rich diversity such as sponsoring the annual Cultural Exchange and the Naturalization Ceremony, participating in the annual Memorial Day Parade, awarding annual Diversity Distinction Awards and producing "Getting to Know Your Neighbors" television programs.

Sister City Partnerships

The Sterling Heights Ethnic Community Committee, with final adoption by the Sterling Heights City Council, has established sister city partnerships with:
  • Tetovo, Republic of Macedonia (1982)
  • Legazpi City, Philippines (1999)
  • Cassino, Italy (2006)
  • Sorsogon City, Philippines (2007)
  • Sant' Elia Fiumerapido, Italy (2010)
  • Shengjin, Albania (2013)
  • Jaffna, Sri Lanka (2016)
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