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Reminder! ~ Culture Quest ~ The Civil Rights Movement

By | December 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|

“Inspiring, Achieving, and Celebrating Inclusion” The Civil Rights Movement Saturday, December 30, 2017 (9:00am to 12:00pm) Register Today Continental Breakfast and Parking in the CityScape West Parking Lot 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 next Culture Quest on December 30, 2017.  The topic will be The Civil Rights Movement.  As our nation continues to grapple with civil rights and social justice, it is right and necessary to pause and allow our history to [...]

Culture Quest ~ Black America and World War II ~ Register Today!

By | December 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|

“Inspiring, Achieving, and Celebrating Inclusion” Black America and World War II  Saturday, December 16, 2017 (9:00am to 12:00pm) Register Today Continental Breakfast and Parking in the CityScape West Parking Lot 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 next Culture Quest on December 16, 2017.  The topic will be Black America and World War II.  In "African-Americans fighting fascism and racism, from WWII to Charlottesville," historian Matthew Delmont reminds us that "in July 1943, one [...]

Harlem Renaissance and the Holidays~Culture Quest~Register Today!

By | November 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|

“Inspiring, Achieving, and Celebrating Inclusion” The Harlem Renaissance Saturday, December 2, 2017 (9:00am to 12:00pm) Register Today Continental Breakfast and Parking in the CityScape West Parking Lot 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 I hope that you will join us for our next Quest on December 2, 2017.  The topic will be The Harlem Renaissance, which according to History.com, was the unprecedented "development of the Harlem neighborhood in New York City as a black cultural mecca in the [...]

“Laughter is an instant vacation.” ~ Milton Berle

By | November 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Register Today! ~ Culture Quest ~ Black America and the “New Deal”

By | October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Black America and The New Deal Saturday, November 18, 2017 (9:00am to 12:00pm) Register Today Continental Breakfast and Parking in the CityScape West Parking Lot 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 On Saturday, October 28, 2017, Diamond Strategies hosted Black History and Life: The Rise of Jim Crow.  Our participants represented a cross-section of our community.  The topic was challenging, our conversation brave, and our movement timely.  PBS.org reminded us that “the segregation and disenfranchisement laws known as [...]

Meet the Newest MBE: Diamond Strategies!

By | October 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

Register Today! ~ Culture Quest ~ The Rise of Jim Crow

By | October 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

The Rise of Jim Crow Saturday, October 28, 2017 (9:00am to 12:00pm) “Inspiring, Achieving, and Celebrating Inclusion” Register Today Continental Breakfast and Parking in the CityScape West Parking Lot 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 Mark Twain has been credited as saying "history doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes."  This is particularly true with regard to the cyclical nature of our nation's often retrograde inter-personal and institutional racial relations.  We are looking and behaving more like the America [...]

Dr. Whitaker Serves as Master of Ceremonies for AZCEND Gala

By | October 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|

"Inspiring, Achieving, and Celebrating Inclusion" View this in your browser By Diamond Strategies On Saturday, October 14, 2017, Dr. Matthew C. Whitaker served as the emcee for the Sprit of AZCEND Awards Gala. The event was held at Falls Event Center in Gilbert Arizona. "This year we start a new tradition to honor an individual who has made significant contributions to the under served in our community with dignity and respect," AZCEND's website proclaims. The evening "included [a plated] dinner, music, a silent auction, and a testimonial from a client who has received services at AZCEND. She explained how AZCEND helped her move from "in crisis" to" stability." The highlight of the evening featured Lori Dayton [...]

Register Today!~Culture Quest~Emancipation and Reconstruction

By | October 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

Emancipation and Reconstruction "A heritage to which our young people would be proud.  Proud to know how their fathers and grandfathers handled their brief day of power, during the Reconstruction period.  Yet, most of this history is buried in oblivion." ~ Ida B. Wells-Barnett Saturday, October 14, 2017 (9:00am to 12:00pm) “Inspiring, Achieving, and Celebrating Inclusion” Register Today Continental Breakfast and Parking in the CityScape West Parking Lot 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! Our next Quest will take place on Saturday, October 14,  2017, from 9am to Noon.  Our focus [...]

Black History and Life: Cornerstones of D&I

By | September 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|

  "History helps us understand change and how the society we live in came to be, the second reason history is inescapable as a subject of serious study follows closely on the first. The past causes the present, and so the future." ~ Peter N. Stearns As a diversity and inclusion (D&I) specialist, who is also a professional historian, I'm always taken-a-back by the lack of historicity in most D&I efforts.  Many leaders in the cultural competency movement are adept at conducting surveys, producing proprietary data, implementing Interest Based Resolution (IBR) and Training-of-Trainers (TOT), facilitating team building workshops, "simulating" societies, leading "privilege walks," "crossing the line," and "unpacking invisible knapsacks," but they [...]

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