Race + Diversity

Chandler City Hall
Chandler recently expanded its bilingual pay program to include six languages.
May. 24, 2022
Linda Groomes
The “Celebration of Women” book spotlights endeavors by role models in the Phoenix metro region. This year’s focus is Black, Indigenous and women of color in arts and culture.
May. 21, 2022
manny's delicatessen
An ongoing exhibition at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles is exploring some of the history of the Jewish deli and its ongoing impact. It’s called, “I’ll Have What She’s Having: The Jewish Deli.”
May. 9, 2022
The Living Traditions Dance Troupe
"Dancing With The Universe | Native Style” is a new Indigenous theatrical work debuting this weekend at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The themes present in the songs and dances are centered on connecting to nature.
May. 3, 2022
Gypsy Rose Low Rider
A new exhibit at Phoenix Art Museum called “Desert Rider” highlights a diverse display of art by Latinx and Indigenous artists of the Southwest.
More Arizona arts and entertainment
May. 1, 2022
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A new report looks at the way Haitian asylum seekers have been treated in Mexico as the result of both U.S. and Mexican policies that fail to recognize them as refugees.
Apr. 28, 2022
Raúl Grijalva
Southern Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva hosted a community event in Tucson on Wednesday to give details about a bill he’s part of that would make access to clean air and water a right protected by law.
Apr. 21, 2022
Paul Rucker Banking While Black
The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 was a direct attack on what was known as Black Wall Street as white residents — and some police officers — took part in killing Black people and burning their businesses. But artist Paul Rucker, who uses history to bring context to much of his work, says what happened in Tulsa was far from a unique event in Black communities.
Apr. 20, 2022
Hannah Throssell
There is a school in Tucson that bridges the gap for Tohono O’odham teenagers, between the traditional ways of their ancestors and the demands of a modern-day education. Ha:sañ Preparatory & Leadership School was created by teachers and parents who wanted a place for Indigenous students to learn both their culture and their language.
Apr. 20, 2022
Phoenix City Hall
Phoenix did not yet have its current name in June of 1865, when Black slaves were freed in Texas, months after the Confederacy had surrendered. City officials are calling out to the public to tell the history of local Juneteenth celebrations over the 150-plus years since.
Apr. 15, 2022
Joe Garcia
There are just over 200 days until the November elections. Chicanos por la Causa held a news conference Thursday to launch a multimillion-dollar campaign to get more Arizona Latinos to vote than in the last midterms.
Apr. 14, 2022
Steve Wilks
Former Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks has joined the high-profile lawsuit filed by former Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, alleging racism in the NFL’s hiring and firing practices. Wilks, who is African American, lasted only one season with the Cardinals.
Apr. 14, 2022
students at asu prep academy
ASU’s newest preparatory school, Pilgrim Rest, will open in the fall. The campus will offer unique opportunities for students of color in the historic Black neighborhood of Eastlake.
Apr. 11, 2022
students at nia crown academy
In an effort to end the school-to-prison pipeline many Black children face, Debora Colbert-Green and Janelle Wood started the Black Mothers Forum. And after the pandemic hit, they opened two microschools in the Valley to further this aim.
Apr. 11, 2022
Kate Gallego
Gallego talked about work by the police department, which is chronically short-staffed, and under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department.
Apr. 8, 2022
Person counting money
A pair of high profile incidents has once again highlighted concerns over financial-related racism. Kiana Maria Sears, president of Arizona’s East Valley NAACP, says occurrences like those aren’t rare in the financial services industry.
Mar. 31, 2022
teen sitting on a bed
Troubling trends in education, physical health and mental well-being among young people predate COVID-19. But the pandemic’s disruptions of daily routines, emotional support networks and vaccination rates have raised those concerns to crisis levels.
Mar. 22, 2022
linda pressman, author of jewish girls gone wild
Lots of Arizonans have come here from somewhere else. The reasons for those moves and the stories behind them are as varied as many of our former homes. But for one Valley author, the story was a little more wild than most.
Mar. 18, 2022
Issa Rae Insecure HBO
Having more outlets for new dramas and comedies has led to more diversity, as a growing number of actors and performers of color are seen regularly. But advocates say further steps are needed both in front of — and behind — the camera.
Mar. 15, 2022
Arizona Humanities has announced the awarding of over $75,000 dollars in grants to nearly a dozen organizations in the state.
Mar. 13, 2022

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