Our delight and heartfelt congratulations go to Ms. Betty Sue McDowell-Thompson Senior Health Educator, Maricopa County Cooperative Extension, University of Arizona; and long-time volunteer with the Diversity Leadership Alliance Education Committee. She was presented with the Shirley O'Brien Diversity and Inclusion Award at the ALVSCE Spring 2019 Luncheon.

She is a champion for diversity, and we are so proud of her!


April Synopsis

Rocket: A Simulation on Intercultural Teamwork

Dr. Jessica Hirshorn-Arizona State University

In April we had the opportunity to learn from Dr. Jessica Hirshorn of Arizona State University. She shared with us her work with NASA at the Johnson Space Center in order to continue the development of our intercultural communication skills and teamwork. The workshop began with the attendees being divided up into their mission teams: United States, European Union, Japan and Russia Space Agencies. They then learned of their mission to communicate with the International Space Station (ISS) by building a robot among the four agencies.

The Space Agencies then went to work on their own components, until they needed to come together with the other agencies learning about cultural and communication differences. Their were challenges to overcome as cultural norms learned from interviews were put into practice.

After each group achieved a rocket, we got together to discuss what we learned. Participants shared their thoughts on cultural differences and how they were or were not adaptable to a different situation. Some topics included power distance, individualism vs collectivism and team orientation. The group then looked at their own workplaces and shared how they could use what they learned everyday.

The day ended with successful launches of both rockets! The ISS received the communication and know that they are not alone.



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Sharing our Stories Diversity Leadership Alliance in 2019


"Stories are the communal currency of humanity."
-- Tahir Shah, in Arabian Nights
Storytelling is a unique and powerful way to teach, persuade, and understand ourselves and others. It is a uniquely human trait and has been with us nearly as long as we’ve been able to speak. Whether it evolved out of necessity or was simply a by-product of our own intellectual development, stories are a deeply embedded in our DNA. Across time and across cultures, stories have proved their worth not just as works of art, historical perspective or amusement, but as catalysts for change.

We all love stories; sharing some of our favorite experiences or finding ourselves in another’s adventures. It may be a tale of victory after overcoming impossible odds or simply a memorable moment that happened to us in passing. Nevertheless, storytelling allows us to learn about ourselves and others and what is possible.
So, 2019 will be all about Sharing Our Stories, setting aside judgments and biases, listening and learning, and exploring the possibilities for tomorrow.

Every time somebody shares their experiences with us, we get to see what is truly possible. The benefit that shared experiences afford us, as a human race, is the deeper understanding of us all.
•Who are you?
•Where have you come from?
•What do you know?
•What experiences have you had?
•What are you trying to share and give to us all?
•Please share you story, and I will share mine.  
A story can only be a story if it is shared. That’s what makes the act of sharing just as fundamental to storytelling as the experience itself. Once a story is shared it becomes part of us all. We are all part of each other’s stories.  

Plan to join us in 2019 in Sharing Our Stories


Congratulations to all of the

2018 Diversity and Inclusion Winners!

 2018 Diversity Leader Award Winners

Angela Hughey
Co-Founder and President ONE Community

Chip Cardenas
Mentor New Pathways for Youth

Jacque Starks
Diversity Coordinator MCC

Jezreel Ramirez
Program Administrator Dept of Veterans Affairs

Yaser Ali
Founder Greater Arizona

Dr. Neal Lester
Director of Project Humanities ASU
 2018 Inclusive Workplace Award Winners

Arizona Complete Health

Equal Opportunity Department
City of Phoenix
 2018 Youth Inclusion Leader Award Winner

Abril Morales
Camelback High School

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