“Inspiring, Achieving and Celebrating Inclusion”

In the video to the right, Diamond Strategies’ Senior Project Manager, Cassondra L. Whitaker, reminds everyone that we are as diverse, equitable, and inclusive as we help our clients become. We are a majority-minority owned enterprise where women, in particular, play leading roles in helping others move from male/centered transactional cultures, to more consensus-based relational cultures.

Education and Leadership

Chandler, Arizona – February 26, 2018

The Chandler Unified School District (CUSD) has reaffirmed a commitment to use its influence as a public educational institution to teach students the value of an inclusive community and give them the tools to be culturally competent in our increasingly diverse society. The ultimate goal is to develop a kind, respectful and responsible student body and sustain a safe and inclusive learning and teaching environment. One of its first steps is to provide safe space and opportunities for parents and community to discuss these issues, find common ground, and make recommendations for positive, systemic change.  Diamond Strategies has coordinated and will facilitate this timely and desperately needed dialog on February 26, 2018.

There can be no perfect democracy curtailed by color, race, or poverty. But with all we accomplish all, even peace. ~ W.E.B. Du-Bios

Phoenix, Arizona – February 27, 2018

On February 27, 2018, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, Diamond Strategies will co-host Black by Popular Demand with Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix.  The event will introduce and acclimate attendees to the dynamic, yet often unknown breath of new Black servant leadership in Arizona.  Leaders from the education, entrepreneurship, politics, health care, faith, philanthropy, and science and technology worlds will share 3-5 minutes of comments relative to their expertise and Black advancement, followed by facilitated Q&A.  Panelist will include Dr. Michele Halyard, Alvin Heggs, Rev. Warren H. Stewart, Jr., Roy Tatum, and Rep. Gerae Peten.  The event will be free and open to the public.  The Pfister 5 Jazz ensemble will greet attendees, refreshments will be provided, and each speaker will have information reflecting their interests and work.  RSVP HERE.

Keynote Address:

The Black Board of Directors Project, with Gerran Bettison-Clark and Carbon, LLC. will host Diamond Strategies’ founder and CEO, Dr. Matthew C. Whitaker, during its MLK/ Black History event,”Sex and Racism in America,” from 5:30pm to 7:00pm on February 28, 2018, at Changing Hands Bookstore.  Black Board of Directors Project is a 34 year old advanced leadership organization that empowers its members as Leaders in Building a Great Tomorrow-Today by focusing on economic advancement, political empowerment and institutional change. They are also heavily involved in philanthropic efforts.

Admission:  Members/ Alums- $25.00.
General – $35.00.

Pay through PayPal by going to their website: BBODPROJECT.COM and clicking on BUY NOW or send check or money order to:  BBOD PROJECT, PO Box 45107; Phoenix, AZ 85064

SAVE-THE-DATES: Spring and Summer Culture Quests:

4/28                        Understanding and Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline
5/26                        Hip Hop and American Culture
6/2 and 6/16           Colors: The History and Life of LGBTQ America


Diversity and Inclusion in Review:

Dr. Matthew C. Whitaker — “The Black Panther. has shattered box office records.  It’s made history by logging the highest opening for a Black director, Roger Coogler, at over 426.6 million worldwide for the recent four-day holiday weekend.  It’s unveiled a predominantly Black cast of distinguished artists and promising newcomers, including Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Daniel Kaluuya, and Danai Gurira (who should be given her own spin-off as Okaye, military general and head of the all-female Dora Milaje bodyguards).  The film has accomplished all of this while treating audiences to stunning costumes, a soaring score, and an alpha Africa that serves as the cradle of civilization as well as its technological deliverer.  What truly sets Black Panther apart, however, is: 1) the deliberate installation of dynamic and fully developed Black female characters; 2) the seamless exploration and critique of African colonization; 3) the intra-racial tension between continental Africans and African Americans embodied in the characters T’Challa/the Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan); and 4)…READ MORE HERE.


On Friday, February 23, Diamond Strategies was honored to provide diversity, equity, and inclusion training for the board of directors of the Arizona Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence.  Thank you for the wonderful notebook that is a great reflection of your mission!  “The Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (ACESDV) believes that gender-based violence is rooted in a patriarchal ideology which ascribes power/privilege to masculinity while disempowering and devaluing identities and ideals associated with femininity.  This misogyny creates systemic and institutional gender inequality.  Furthermore, such violence is fueled by the intersection of multiple forms of oppression…”  They are “committed to confronting the roots of violence, oppression and victim blaming within ourselves, and within economic, social and political systems.  We will focus our efforts on facilitating changes necessary to end oppression and violence by promoting equality among all people.”

Diamond Strategies consultants are distinguished and globally experienced diversity and inclusion experts, offering services to schools, non-profits, corporations, faith-based organizations, municipalities, and community groups.  We enable individuals and organizations to expand their horizons, and enhance their diversity and inclusion efforts, with timely, dynamic, and solutions-based learning.  Our goal is to be your partner in a larger effort to maximize our human and institutional potential.   Questions? Contact Diamond Strategies

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