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By | November 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

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 [...]

By | October 31st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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By | October 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

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 [...]

By | October 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dr. Whitaker Serves as Master of Ceremonies for AZCEND Gala

"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 [...]

By | October 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Register Today!~Culture Quest~Emancipation and Reconstruction

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 [...]

By | October 3rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Black History and Life: Cornerstones of D&I

  "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 [...]

By | September 26th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Register Today! ~ Culture Quest ~ American Slavery

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 [...]

By | August 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Charlottesville on My Mind: Unity is My Bottom Line

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 [...]

By | August 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why you should use cultural anthropology as a business tool

...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 [...]

By | August 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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