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

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, [...]

By | October 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Diversity, Inclusion and “Political Correctness”

"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 [...]

By | October 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Race, Religion and Cultural Competency

“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 [...]

By | September 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Trauma-Informed Workplace

Getty Images By Travis Cronin, MCW, LCSW I began kindergarten in Portland, Oregon in 1983. My bus stop was across the street from my house and my mother would watch me from our front room window. I had two younger brothers at the time so my mother had plenty to distract her as she waited for me to get on the bus. One morning I was the only child at my bus stop. As I waited for the bus, a tall White man stopped his car, opened his door, got out, and approached me. He asked if I wanted a ride to school. I told him that I liked riding [...]

By | September 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

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 [...]

By | August 31st, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Bayard Rustin, Identity and Inclusion

By Michelle Dew August 28th marks the 53rd anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. We recognize this march as a major stepping-stone towards securing the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1965 and Voting Rights Act of 1965, as well as the platform from which Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his legendary “I Have a Dream” speech. Presented in front of 250,000 marchers and broadcasted live to thousands more on television, King cemented this moment in history with his vision for equality and freedom in the United States. Standing behind King was one of his most trusted and influential advisors, Bayard Rustin, the Deputy Director of the march. It [...]

By | August 28th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

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 [...]

By | August 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

“Man Up”: Masculinity Messages, Imperfection and the Superman Complex

"The improbability may henceforth be taken for granted of finding in Nature a sharp cleavage between all that is masculine on the one side and all that is feminine on the other; or that any living being is so simple in this respect that it can be put wholly on one side, or wholly on the other, of the line.” ~ Otto Weininger “Man up” and “Be a man” are phrases often used to socialize young boys into manhood, but what exactly do these missives mean?  Last fall, my partner and I embarked on a qualitative research project that examined how men remember being acculturated into manhood.  Our study revealed that these [...]

By | August 17th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Free to Be You and Me

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 [...]

By | July 4th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Growing Your Community Bank Account

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 [...]

By | June 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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