Register Today!~Culture Quest~Emancipation and Reconstruction

By |2017-10-04T20:02:36+00:00October 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 |2017-09-26T08:06:35+00:00September 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 [...]

Register Today! ~ Culture Quest ~ American Slavery

By |2017-09-20T07:05:01+00:00August 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|

American Slavery "If a person would send another into bondage, he would, it appears to me, be bad enough to send him into hell if he could." ~ Harriet Tubman Saturday, September 30, 2017 (9:00am to 12:00pm) “Inspiring, Achieving, and Celebrating Inclusion” Register Today Continental Breakfast and Parking Validation Included View this in your browser (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 September 30, 2017, from 9am to Noon.  Our focus will be American Slavery.  Beginning in the 15th century, millions of enslaved Africans were brought to [...]

Charlottesville on My Mind: Unity is My Bottom Line

By |2017-08-14T07:20:44+00:00August 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|

By Matthew C. Whitaker, Ph.D. The bigotry and hatred that was on display in Charlottesville over the weekend, has underscored the need for the fearless pursuit of cultural competency, equality, and inclusion.  President Donald Trump, in response to the deadly White supremacist provocation, called for "research" and "understanding."  For many of us, no additional research is required.  Action is what is needed.  During the fall of 1986, in fact, my close friend, Michael Anthony Smart, had an idea.  He wanted to form a Black Student Union (BSU) at our Alhambra High School in Phoenix, Arizona.  He wanted to bring people together, amid mounting racial tensions, to educate and be educated about African [...]

Why you should use cultural anthropology as a business tool

By |2017-08-04T08:14:20+00:00August 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|

...Decoding sometimes-subconscious human behaviour can help hit the right target the right way By Martin Birt via Financial Post Is your business planning a significant product launch? Are you planning a major reorganization that will impact your employees? How deep is your understanding of the needs and behaviours of your customers or employees? Johanna Faigelman (right), CEO and founding partner of Human Branding, argues that traditional market analysis is too superficial. It relies on “consumers as experts” and simply reports on what “consumers know they know.” This is a risky approach given the scope and potential exposure of many business investments. Faigelman is a cultural anthropologist; she uses this discipline and research [...]

Diamond Strategies Conducts Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training at AZCEND

By |2017-08-03T10:11:17+00:00August 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

  On Tuesday, August 1, Diamond Strategies, LLC conducted diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training for AZCEND (formerly the Chandler Food Bank), one of Arizona oldest and most important non-profits. "For the past 50 years," the organization states, "AZCEND has been changing lives by nourishing minds and bodies. Since rapidly expanding services beyond the Food Bank to include Community Action Program, Family Resource Center, Chandler and Gilbert Senior Centers, and I-HELP (Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program), AZCEND continues to change more lives in the Southeast Valley." AZCEND, in addition to understanding and meeting the needs of our vulnerable and under served, recognizes the persistent need to be culturally competent, and responsive to [...]

Register Today! ~ Everyone is Welcome ~ Culture Quest ~ Black History and Life

By |2017-07-23T14:50:30+00:00July 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|

    The History and Life of Black America: (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! Peniel Joseph has argued that "Black history is more vital in our own times than ever for at least three reasons. Its descriptive intervention allows us to embrace the fullness of American and world history on a previously unimagined scale. By allowing the voices of black women and men, icons and ordinary people, to join in our larger democratic story, we come to see how African-Americans expansively transformed the United States. The struggle for black dignity, both its [...]

Save-the-Dates! ~ Culture Quest ~ Fall-Winter 2017: Black History and Life

By |2017-07-19T22:32:00+00:00July 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|

        The History and Life of Black America: (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! Peniel Joseph has argued that "Black history is more vital in our own times than ever for at least three reasons. Its descriptive intervention allows us to embrace the fullness of American and world history on a previously unimagined scale. By allowing the voices of black women and men, icons and ordinary people, to join in our larger democratic story, we come to see how African-Americans expansively transformed the United States. The struggle for black dignity, both [...]

People Suffer at Work When They Can’t Discuss the Racial Bias They Face Outside of It

By |2017-07-13T10:54:36+00:00July 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|

by Sylvia Ann Hewlett, Melinda Marshall and Trudy Bourgeois via the Harvard Business Review Last month, in an unprecedented show of solidarity, 150 CEOs from the world’s leading companies banded together to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace and, through an online platform, shared best practices for doing so. To drive home the urgency, the coalition’s website, CEOAction.com, directs visitors to research showing that diverse teams and inclusive leaders unleash innovation, eradicate groupthink, and spur market growth. But as Tim Ryan, U.S. Chair and senior partner at PwC and one of the organizers of the coalition, explains, what galvanized the group was widespread recognition that “we are living in a world of complex [...]

Eastlake Park Provides Cultural Connection for Phoenix’s African American Community

By |2017-07-13T10:11:22+00:00July 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Early Eastlake Park postcard February 17, 2017 by Fara Illich via DTPHX.org Some landmarks represent more than just a significant geographic location. They hold a sense of place, history and the very heartbeat of a community. This much is true for Eastlake Park.  Located at 1549 E. Jefferson St., it’s the oldest park in the city, dating back to the 1890s. It was purchased by the City of Phoenix in 1914 and the man-made lake became one of the park’s most interesting aspects. In addition to offering the novelty of a boat ride in the desert, it even harbored a few alligators, according to reports.  Eventually, the lake was replaced by baseball fields and [...]

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