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When Keeping it Real Went White

By |2017-12-30T10:34:17+00:00November 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|

“Are you going to cater to the whims and prejudices of people? We draw out from other people our own thought." ~ Susan B. Anthony By Matthew C. Whitaker, Ph.D. The election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America did not divide our citizenry. We have been divided since Jamestown. The manipulation and degradation of poor Whites, genocidal treatment of Indigenous peoples, oppression of women, fear of non-Christians and foreigners, and original sin of chattel slavery, is the soil within which our noble but flawed experiment in Democracy was planted. Through constant education and fearless agitation, proponents of social justice have kept these poisonous weeds from [...]

Diamond Strategies’s Founder and CEO Accepts 2016 Arizona Diversity Alliance “Diversity and Inclusion Leader Award” Video

By |2016-11-11T09:46:42+00:00November 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Dr. Matthew C. Whitaker, Founder and CEO of Diamond Strategies, LLC. it the 2016 Arizona Diversity Alliance "Diversity and Inclusion Leader Award" winner. The DLA "is the premier Diversity Education organization in Arizona," which "provides thought provoking Diversity training, leadership guidance and continued support to help cultivate an inclusive community where each individual is valued and respected."

Diamond Strategies’ Founder and CEO Receives “Diversity/Inclusion Leader Award”

By |2016-10-29T11:03:42+00:00October 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|

October 29, 2016 Diamond Strategies is proud to announce that our Founder and CEO, Dr. Matthew C. Whitaker, was given the distinguished "Diversity/Inclusion Leader Award," by the Arizona Diversity Leadership Alliance (DLA), during their 15th annual conference and awards luncheon yesterday, October 28, 2016.  The DLA "is the premier Diversity Education organization in Arizona," which "provides thought provoking Diversity training, leadership guidance and continued support to help cultivate an inclusive community where each individual is valued and respected." Following the ceremony, Dr. Whitaker expressed his deep gratitude to the DLA and his team at Diamond Strategies, particularly his wife and Senior Project Manager, Cassondra Whitaker, and his mother and Senior Project Manager, [...]

Diversity, Inclusion and “Political Correctness”

By |2016-10-21T15:23:49+00:00October 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|

"Political Correctness was coined by a slice of intelligentsia known to trivialize other people's injuries." ~ Cornel West By Rowdy Duncan and Matthew C. Whitaker, Ph.D. People often ask us why we've dedicated our lives to diversity and inclusion.  We've done it because we love the beauty that lies in multiplicity and because it enables us to see past the ordinary, standardized, and customary definitions of citizen, community, American, and human.  It empowers us to repel the deceptions, degradations, and controls that are often the handmaidens of homogeneity.  Diversity and inclusion illuminate the kaleidoscope of possibilities rooted in the dynamism of the human condition.  More often than not, those who query us [...]

Race, Religion and Cultural Competency

By |2016-09-24T23:32:19+00:00September 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|

“Historians are dangerous and capable of turning everything topsy-turvy.  They have to be watched.” ~ Nikita Khrushchev   By Matthew C. Whitaker, Ph.D. I have a Black Jesus t-shirt and I wear it regularly.  This will be particularly true during the upcoming Presidential election and holidays. Not because Jesus’ race is relevant to me, but because it is for others.  Specifically, his alleged Whiteness seems to be an immoveable pillar, upholding the racial and spiritual identity, and voting patterns, of millions, and this conflicts with his racially transcendent legacy and racial progress.  My t-shirt, therefore, is an open invitation to onlookers to rethink who Christus is, and why so many cling more [...]

Are We There Yet?: Sexism, Racism, and Female Dominance in Rio

By |2016-09-03T09:31:45+00:00August 31st, 2016|Uncategorized|

By Mary Radcliffe, Ed.D. and Matthew C. Whitaker, Ph.D. As avid supporters of women and sports, we celebrated the dominance of American female athletes during the 2016 Olympics, notwithstanding Michael Phelps’ performance as one of the greatest swimmers of all time. However, media coverage of the Olympics left us questioning how far we still have to go in bringing humanity and equity to media coverage of women in sports. This topic has been the subject of intense debate among men and women reporting on the games.  Indeed, it is not a recent phenomenon. Sadly, Dottie Pepper, a retired L.P.G.A. player referred to the American women competing in the Solheim Cup as “choking [...]

“Backstrokin,” Self-Determination, and the 2016 U.S. Election

By |2016-08-18T08:22:46+00:00August 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|

The R&B and Funk band, Fatback, released the album Hot Box 1980.  The album set discos ablaze, scored several hit records, and gave early b-boys and b-girls crisp snares, thick bass, and electrophonic sounds to dance to.  “Backstroking” was arguably the most successful and widely quoted of the album’s hit tracks.  “Looking for the good stuff,” the artists asked, “why don’t you tighten up on your back stroke?”  The sexual innuendo is clear, but like many musical chef-d’oeuvres, there is a hidden transcript within Fatback’s pulsating melody.  The general tenor and tone of urban America, at the time of the release, was one of growing hopelessness and despair in the face of [...]

Free to Be You and Me

By |2016-07-04T00:54:41+00:00July 4th, 2016|Uncategorized|

There's a land that I see where the children are free And I say it ain't far to this land from where we are Take my hand, come with me, where the children are free Come with me, take my hand, and we'll live In a land where the river runs free In a land through the green country In a land to a shining sea And you and me are free to be you and me ~ The New Seekers My mother, the educator, activist, and child advocate that she is, made singing this tune a part of our daily routine after it was released in 1974.  “Free to Be You [...]

Growing Your Community Bank Account

By |2016-06-21T02:36:48+00:00June 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|

In 2004, Steven R. Covey published The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, a runaway bestseller and trailblazing leadership manifesto.   The book promised to provide a “holistic, integrated, principle-centered” method for “solving personal and professional problems.”  It delivered.  Despite selling 15 million copies, however, many aspiring and seasoned leaders have yet to unlock the fullness of its potential.  This is particularly true in light of the ever-expanding distrust of authority, recent Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter Movements, and the associated and intensifying condemnation of homogenous an inequitable leadership, workforces, office cultures, and political and education environs.  In particular, many influencers have not done enough to invest and grow what Covey [...]

Orlando and the Pulse of this Nation

By |2016-06-13T10:21:25+00:00June 12th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Unprecedented demographic change, made possible by our documents of freedom, and forged in our crucible of constant immigration and cultural difference, continues to make the United States one of the most diverse nations on earth. Chauvinism and Orwellian insecurity, and the finger pointing fear, angst and emotional stress that they engender, also make us one of the most intolerant and violent. Our propensity to use deadly force, especially against the vulnerable and marginalized, such as the Orlando LGBT community that was devastated yesterday by a homophobic, religious extremist, and his assault rifle, is both an abrogation of our espoused commitment to freedom and autonomy, and an acute reflection of our longstanding love [...]

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