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Kanye is #Cancelled

By | May 4th, 2018|Uncategorized|

  “Inspiring, Achieving, and Celebrating Inclusion” View this in your browser Kanye is #Cancelled By Matthew C. Whitaker, Ph.D. I don’t care about Kanye West’s alleged genius. I don’t care who he’s married to, how much money he has, or that he is Black.  He is #cancelled.  West appeared on TMZ on Tuesday and told millions of viewers that the 400-year enslavement of people of African descent in America was our “choice.”  What he said is not only ignorant, insensitive, and a-historical, it's morally reprehensible.  The reaction has been swift, intense, and utterly appropriate, and West has nobody but himself to blame.  The potentially mortal wound to his career is self-inflicted.  His [...]

Communication is Key with Diamond Strategies

By | April 29th, 2018|Uncategorized|

"Inspiring, Achieving and Celebrating Inclusion" "The truest expression of a people is in its dance and its music. Bodies never lie." —Agnes de Mille Click HERE and improve your inter-cultural communication with Diamond Strategies Register Now! ~ Spring and Summer Culture Quests: By popular demand, we are hosting a second Understanding the School-to-Prison Pipeline Culture Quest!  Out first (pictured on the right) "sold out," and many people have asked us to offer another one on a Saturday.  We are pleased to oblige due to the importance of the subject.  Please join us!  Education administrators, we urge you to participate and make it possible for those in your sphere to attend. 6/9  Understanding [...]

Appeasement: Hate Speech and the End of the American Promise

By | April 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|

  “Inspiring, Achieving, and Celebrating Inclusion” View this in your browser “We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was ‘legal’” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr. The Letter from Birmingham Jail, 1963 “It is not enough that laws prohibit or punish all types of racial discrimination: these laws can be easily gotten around if the community for which they are intended does not fully accept them. To overcome discrimination, a community must interiorize the values that inspire just laws and live out, in day-to-day life, the conviction of equal dignity of all.” ~ Pontifical Commission on Justice and Peace, The Church and Racism: Towards a More Fraternal Society By [...]

Register Today! ~ Diamond Strategies Programming!

By | March 9th, 2018|Uncategorized|

  "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 [...]

Diamond Strategies ~ Your Diverse Programming Leader

By | February 26th, 2018|Uncategorized|

"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 [...]

Diamond Strategies Contributes to Chandler Diversity and Inclusion Resolution

By | February 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|

  In Coordination with Black Mothers Forum, the East Valley NAACP - Arizona, and the Chandler Unified School District, Diamond Strategies (CUSD) helped revise and complete the following Diversity and Inclusion Resolution, which was voted upon and passed unanimously by the CUSD Board on Wednesday, February 14th.  We look forward to continuing our work with CUSD to provide a diverse, inclusive, equitable, excellent, and safe environment for our students. “We need to help students and parents cherish and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes and strengthens this community - and this nation.” — Cesar Chavez Our mission is to be the catalyst our clients are looking for to assist them in creating [...]

Black by Popular Demand: New Black Leadership for a New Era

By | February 10th, 2018|Uncategorized|

".... Leadership is not about a title or designation. It’s about impact, influence, and inspiration.”   ~ Robin S. Sharma A Program Collaboration Date: February 27 / Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm Location: Brophy College Preparatory (Harper Great Hall), 4701 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012 Our Motivation Diamond Strategies is devoted to inspiring, achieving, and celebrating inclusive leadership. Brophy College Preparatory is committed to developing “men for others.” Together we acknowledge the need to merge our missions during this Black History Month, by illuminating members of a new, dynamic cadre of Black leaders, who are answering the call for new servant leadership. Our Action Diamond Strategies and Brophy College Preparatory offer this timely [...]

The Future is Now, Let us Show you How, with Diamond Strategies

By | February 4th, 2018|Uncategorized|

“Inspiring, Achieving, and Celebrating Inclusion” White Parents, Black Children: Raising Children of Color in a Divided World Culture Quests Training and Staff Development Thematic and Motivational Speaking View this in your browser Events powered by EventBrite Copyright © 2018 Diamond Strategies, All rights reserved. You are receiving this email because you signed up for our newsletters on our site. Our mailing address is:                                                                   Diamond Strategies, LLC. 480-366-5980 60 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Suite 900                                                                                                                                 Tempe, AZ 85281 Add us to your address book

Culture Quest~Black Millennial America~Register Today!

By | January 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|

  “Inspiring, Achieving, and Celebrating Inclusion” Black Millennial America Saturday, February 3, 2017 (9:00am to 12:00pm) 60 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Suite 900 Tempe, AZ 85281 Phone: 480-366-5980 Email: info@strategiesllc.com Continental Breakfast and Parking in the Hayden Ferry Lakeside Structure at 60 E. Rio Salado Tempe, AZ 85281 ~ Validation Included (Led by award-winning historian, educator, and speaker,  Dr. Matthew C. Whitaker) Learn what you have always wanted to know in an intimate and positive space! "Inspiring, Achieving, and Celebrating Inclusion" View this in your browser By Diamond Strategies Please join us for our 10th and final Black History and Life Culture Quest on February 3, 2018.  The topic will be Black [...]

New Black History Month Pricing! White Parents, Black Children: Raising Children of Color in a Divided World

By | January 7th, 2018|Uncategorized|

  White Parents, Black Children: Raising Children of Color in a Divided World March 24, 2018 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM MST Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center 4520 N. Central Avenue, Suite 600 Phoenix, Arizona 85012 A symposium  by Diamond Strategies in collaboration with The Levitt Group “Inspiring, Achieving, and Celebrating Inclusion”     View this in your browser In White Parents, Black Children, Dr. Darron T. Smith, argues “despite the long history of troubled and fragile race relations in the United States, some people believe the U.S. may be entering a post-racial state where race no longer matters, citing evidence like the increasing number of transracial adoptions to make this point.” [...]

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