Speaker/Trainer - Founder and CEO of Social Centric Institute
Calvin served as assistant director for the National Conference of Christians & Jews/Anytown USA program. After leaving the NCCJ/Anytown, he launched Social Centric as an equity consulting business. Harpo, inc. Oprah Winfrey's production company to hired him out and contract his services for the entire production team. Calvin created SCi because this work is bigger than a person or personalities.SCi aspires to be unnecessary because healing will be evident. Our services essentially fall into three intentions. INTERVENTION SCi has been called upon to deescalate, mediate, and facilitate capacity building to sustain long term healing. PREVENTION SCi effectively helps decrease and prevent harmful effects of implicit bias, racism intersecting with other identity challenges, and oppressive institutional policies. PROMOTION,SCi inspires all ages, backgrounds, beliefs, colors or phenotype of people to serve the betterment of the world as selfless Protagonists.
Director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion at Brophy College Prepratory
Matthew is an award-winning educator, author, community engagement specialist, motivational speaker, and founder the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, winner of the 2014 Arizona Diversity Leadership Alliance (DLA) Inclusive Workplace Award, at Arizona State University, where is was a professor of history for 15 years. Most recently he was given DLA’s 2016 Diversity and Inclusion Leader Award. He specializes in U.S. history, African American history and life, race relations, social movements, cultural competency, equity and inclusion, teaching excellence, and community partnerships. Dr. Whitaker is the author of Race Work: The Rise of Civil Rights in the Urban West. His forthcoming memoir is The Undisputed Truth: A Revolutionary Journey to Black Manhood. He has spoken throughout the world, including Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, England, Ghana, and Ireland. Twitter at @Dr_Whitaker and DSC can be followed on Twitter at @dstategiesllc.
Organizational Consultant + Author
Nicknamed “Z” since childhood (because his last name is a mouthful)—Dr. Zirulnik believes in living as if today were his last; planning as if he’ll go on forever. His robust experience often has clients guessing his age. Dr. Z is an author, thought leader, former athlete, professor, designer, past aircrew member, retired member of the emergency medical service, former national security fellow, entrepreneur, artist, philanthropist, and lover of dogs.Dr. Z gets charged up about helping others improve the human condition. His unique training allows him to translate often complex, technical information in a manner that is both informative and entertaining for a general public.r. Z continues to engage with his academic training, conducting research, writing, and publishing in academic journals.
Data Science Research Consultant
Dr. Cheeks is on a mission to create a better world with technology. Before earning a Ph.D in Computer Science at Arizona State University, the STEAM advocate was developing, deploying and leading various teams within the communications, avionics, instrumentation & control and chemical industries for Fortune 500 corporations. She is the first to identify a computational approach for the discovery of news frames in unstructured text (e.g., online news articles). She has demonstrated a unique ability to integrate communication theory and computer science methods to inform the fields of machine learning, psychology, and mass communication. But this Doctor of Philosophy isn’t just paving the way for up-and-coming engineers, Dr. Cheeks is also committed to improving higher education for underserved and underrepresented communities to follow in her scientific footsteps.
Speaker/Geoglogy Faculty/Analog Astronaut
Dr. Sian Proctor is an analog astronaut, geoscientist, and science communicator with a passion for space exploration. She was a finalist for the 2009 NASA Astronaut Program and has lived in three analog simulations (4-months in the Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS), 2-weeks in the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), and 2-weeks in the LunAres Moon Habitat). She believes that when we solve issues dealing with space exploration, we also solve for issues on Earth. She is passionate about how we can more efficiently feed astronauts on Mars and humans on Earth. Food is a combination of nutrients and water. She believes we can become more sustainable on Earth if we remove the water from food before we ship it around the world. Dr. Proctor is a geology, sustainability, and planetary science professor at South Mountain Community College, Phoenix, Arizona. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science, an M.S. in Geology, and a Ph.D. in Science Education.