Matthew C. Whitaker, Ph.D.

Founder & CEO

Matthew is an award-winning educator, author, community engagement specialist, motivational speaker, Editor-in-Chief of MCUVO!CE, and founder the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, winner of the 2014 Arizona Diversity Leadership Alliance (DLA) Inclusive Workplace Award, at Arizona State University, where is was a professor of history for 15 years.  Most recently he was given DLA’s 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Leader Award.  He specializes in U.S. history, African American history and life, race relations, social movements, cultural competency, equity and inclusion, teaching excellence, and community partnerships.  He has edited three books, including Hurricane Katrina: America’s Unnatural Disaster, and he is the author of Race Work: The Rise of Civil Rights in the Urban West.  He is currently completing a memoir entitled The Undisputed Truth: A Revolutionary Journey to Black Manhood.  He has also authored a number of award- winning articles and penned over 40 opinion pieces.  Dr. Whitaker has won over 30 distinctions for his research, teaching, and service, and has consulted, spoken, and lectured in Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, England, Ghana, and Ireland.  Has been featured on CNN, NPR, PBS, WVON, KEMET, and was given ASU’s 2015 Pioneer Award for working to improve African-American life, community and culture.  Matthew is also a co-founder of the Healing Racism Public Dialogue Series, winner of the 2008 National League of Cities Promoting Inclusive Award, and City of Phoenix 2006 Martin Luther King, Jr. Living the Dream Award winner, and the co-founder of the newly formed Just Communities Arizona.  He can be followed on Twitter at @Dr_Whitaker and DSC can be followed on Twitter at @dstategiesllc.