PHOENIX, AZ. June 5, 2019.
It is with deep sorrow and pain that we inform you about the death of our beloved DLA Founder, Mother, Grandmother, Community Leader, Mentor and Friend Mrs. Christine French. Christine passed away at home on Monday, June 3rd 2019. She is survived by her husband Phil French and their two daughters Paula and Claire and 5 grandchildren.

None of us were expecting the sudden passing of our Angel Christine and while we are shocked and filled with grief, we know that Christine would want us to celebrate her life and legacy instead of mourning her death.

DLA and the Arizona Community have lost a compassionate visionary and courageous activist that fought every day for Equity, Inclusiveness and Justice and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Christine have lost a dear friend, inspiring mentor, a confidant, transformational leader and trusted advisor.

No words can adequately express our sadness at Christine’s sudden passing or our gratitude for the opportunity to work alongside her in this fight for Equity. We will honor her memory by re-dedicating ourselves to continuing this great fight and serving as a beacon of light and a voice for those who feel like they have no voice. DLA is her Legacy and we will uphold it through our vital work and actions. Rest Easy our Good and Faithful Servant for your work here is done.


Congratulations to long time DLA Volunteer Ms. Betty Thompson.

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!



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.


____________________________________________________________________   Diversity Leadership Alliance is the premier Diversity Education organization in Arizona. We provide thought-provoking Diversity training, leadership guidance and continued support to help cultivate an inclusive community where each individual is valued and respected. 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.  _____________________________
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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