Azra Hussain

Azra Hussain trains speakers for the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona, plans and facilitates educational and interfaith events for ISBA. She currently serves on the Arizona Muslim Police Advisory Board and on the Banner Health Professional Advisory Committee for Clinical Pastoral Education. Azra is one of the founders and a past Board member of the Islamic Center of the Northeast Valley. She has served on the Phoenix FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Board as Vice President and as a Citizen member on the Scottsdale Police Department Use of Force Review Board.

Ron Williams

Ron Williams has not only run organizations that promote diversity and inclusion, but he has extended that practice through his off duty volunteer efforts, for which he has been recognized by the community at large.  Because of his volunteer and work efforts, upon leaving the City of Phoenix, in March 2004, he was recruited to be the New President/CEO of the Grand Canyon Minority Supplier Development Council, which was an organization that promoted the inclusion of diverse business owners in the major corporation purchasing processes. Ron Williams’ efforts to promote “diversity and inclusion” have extended far beyond his work duties as he has volunteered and served in the community.

City of Mesa Diversity Office

The City of Mesa’s Diversity Office has had a long history of increasing the awareness and responsiveness of the city government to human relations issues in the community. The City of Mesa Diversity Office continues to grow and expand in its outreach to Mesa’s diverse community.

South Chandler Self Help Foundation, Inc.

The South Chandler Self Help Foundation, Inc. is a 501 c3 inner city organization has been in existence since 1989. The foundation, co-founded by Mr. La’Von Woods, has been a resource for residents of the neighborhood located south of downtown Chandler. A variety of programs ranging from cultural celebrations – including the annual Juneteenth Festival, the Miss Juneteenth Scholarship Pageant, community health fairs, and mentorship programs are the outcomes of the Foundation.

AT Still University

A.T. Still University’s' mission is to foster an atmosphere of awareness and acceptance that embraces diverse backgrounds, philosophies, and lifestyles, including under-represented groups. Diversity encompasses: race, ethnicity, gender, marital status, age, sexual orientation,  veteran status,  national origin, disability, religious affiliation,  socio-economic status,  income ,  parent's education level, parent's occupation, etc.

Heather Hamel

Heather Hamel is extremely astute, articulate, disciplined, self-motivated, conscientious, earnest, and fearless. Her experiences have shaped her view of justice is the reason for the creation of the organization named, “Justice That Works”. The non-profit aims to bring humanity, equality and effective solutions to Arizona’s legal system. Her first goal is to open a rehabilitation-focused community court and foster citywide.


GLSEN (pronounced "glisten") was founded in 1990 by a small, but dedicated group of teachers in Massachusetts who came together to improve an eduation system that too frequently allows its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) students to be bullied, discriminated against, or fall through the cracks.  Over 25 years later, that small group has grown into the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ students.

Arizona Regional

The Arizona Regional office in Phoenix is one of the youngest in ADL, having been established in 1983. Today, the Arizona Regional Board, led by Board Chair Amy Altshuler, and the office regional staff represent one of the premier civil rights/human relations organizations in the state and provide an ongoing and dynamic counter to bigotry, discrimination and hate in all forms, against any and all groups.

Mesa Arts Center

 The Mesa Arts Center is located at 1 East Main Street in Mesa, AZ.  Under the direction of Cindy Ornstein, the center staff take service to the community very seriously; “. . . their commitment to their community is widespread and comprehensive." The arts center is a venue for cultural activities and a destination for diverse residents to gather. It is the focal point for wide-ranging, interactive community festivals “. . . celebrating creativity and the wonders of flight.”  The location is the sight of the East Valley Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee’s Annual Festival.

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Dr. Clifford Moon, Awards & Scholarship Chair

Celebration, Scholarship & Awards Breakfast 

Monday, January 16, 2017 - Mesa Convention Center 8:00 AM

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