Matthew Whitaker, Ph.D.

Senior JEDI Coach and Speaker

We often discuss traits of passion, conviction, dedication, and Matthew Whitaker adheres to these and more as a trendsetter in justice, diversity, equity and inclusion.

Matthew C. Whitaker, Ph.D. is not only a faculty member of the Healthcare Experience Foundation, but he is also the Founder and CEO of Diamond Strategies, LLC., an NSDMC certified minority business enterprise (MBE).

Dr. Whitaker is an award-winning educator, author, community engagement specialist, motivational speaker, and founder of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, the winner of the 2014 Arizona Diversity Leadership Alliance (DLA) Inclusive Workplace Award, at Arizona State University, where he was a professor of history for 15 years. He earned his Ph.D. in History, with honors, at Michigan State University, and recently completed an Executive Certification Program in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Cornell University. He specializes in U.S. history, African American history and life, civil rights, race relations, social movements, diversity, equity, and inclusion. He is the author of “Race Work: The Rise of Civil Rights in the Urban West”.

Dr. Whitaker has consulted, spoken, and lectured across the globe and has been featured on CNN, NPR, PBS and WVON – The Talk of Chicago. He is also a co-founder of the Healing Racism Public Dialogue Series, winner of the National League of Cities Promoting Inclusive Award, and presented the City of Phoenix 2006 Martin Luther King, Jr. Living the Dream Award.