“Inspiring, Achieving and Celebrating Inclusion”

General Electric Human Resources Manager, Joyce Smith, reminds us that, as Ceasar Chavez stated, we need to cherish and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes and strengthens this nation.”

Register Now! ~ Spring and Summer Culture Quests:

4/23  Understanding the School to Prison Pipeline  9:00am – 12:00pm

The Anti-Defamation League defines the School-to-Prison Pipeline as “school policies and procedures that drive many of our nation’s schoolchildren into a pathway that begins in school and ends in the criminal justice system. Behavior that once led to a trip to the principal’s office and detention, such as school uniform violations, profanity and ‘talking back,’ now often leads to suspension, expulsion, and/or arrest. Today, largely as a result of ‘zero tolerance’ policies that mandate harsh punishments for even minor misbehavior in schools, 3.3 million children are suspended or expelled from school each year, approximately double the rate of the 1970s.”

“Data from the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights shows that black students are suspended and expelled at a rate three times greater than their white peers. Similarly, students with disabilities are more than twice as likely to receive out-of-school suspensions as students with no disabilities and LGBTQ youth are much more likely than their peers to be suspended or expelled.”  This Culture Quest will explain the emergence of the school-to-prison pipeline, how it works, and how to inoculate our youth against it. It will also explore the laws and rights that protect our students and caregivers against inequitable and unjust treatment, and the ways in which they can effectively organize and navigate the educational system to the benefit of our youth and educational equity and justice.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Facilitator:                              Guest Speakers:
Dr. Matthew C. Whitaker         Dr. Mary Radcliffe, Diamond Strategies
Founder and CEO                     Dr. Geraldine Peten, Arizona Legislature, District 4
Diamond Strategies, LLC.        Heather Hamel, Jutice That Works

5/26  Hip Hop and American Culture  9:00am – 12:00pm

This Culture Quest examines the ways in which Hip Hop has transformed the world through musical fusion, verbal jousting, rhetorical brilliance, cultural innovation, entrepreneurialism, and political commentary. We will explore the birth of Hip Hop, define the five elements that undergird its evolution, and address the problems and promise which sets it apart.

“Hip Hop emerged as window into, and critique of, the criminalization, socio-economic isolation, negative perceptions of black youth, and has evolved into a multi-racial, multi-generational critique of rigid structures, classism, and representative authority .”
~ Robin D.G. Kelly, Distinguished Professor and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History, UCLA

“Hip hop music is important precisely because it sheds light on contemporary politics, history, and race. At its best, hip hop gives voice to marginal black youth we are not used to hearing from on such topics.” ~ Michael Eric Dyson, Professor of Sociology, Georgetown University  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Facilitator:

Dr. Matthew C. Whitaker
Founder and CEO
Diamond Strategies, LLC.

This Culture Quest explores the social, religious, and political, experiences of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgendered, Questioning/Queer community (LGBTQ) in America from colonization to the present, particularly the ways in which it resisted dehumanization and marginalization throughout ongoing agitation for freedom and equality.  We will explore religious dogma, violence and safety, family and relationships, migration processes, political activism, and the cultivation of LGBTQ organizations and leaders in the 20th and early 21st centuries, and associated protest movements, that have led to the emergence of LGBTQ life as a dynamic and powerful force in global society.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Facilitator:

Dr. Matthew C. Whitaker
Founder and CEO
Diamond Strategies, LLC.

Announcement: 3/10 The Women’s Empowerment Summit: Speaking to Social Justice Issues

The Women’s Empowerment Summit speaks to social justice issues by bringing together women who have devoted their lives to educating others about the varied issues that impact our community.  These thought-leaders will engage summit attendees in critical coversations, with the aim of promoting and sharing strategies to empower and enable the full participation of citizens to create a more equitable, inclusive, and diverse society in which all families can live happily and grow together with dignity, self-respect, and love.”  Do you have questions about Women’s Empowerment Summit: Speaking to Social Justice Issues? Contact Mesa Community College and City of Mesa Office of Diversity


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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