The Annual Arizona Multicultural Education Conference brings together educators, pre-service education majors, consultants, and community residents to join forces in “fostering the idea and expressing the fundamental purpose of multicultural education as a means to provide teaching and learning that is based on democratic values that affirm cultural pluralism within culturally diverse societies.”
Dr. Clifford C. Moon, Jr.
Dr. Cliff Moon is a family man who has been married for 34 years and has four children. He has lived in the city of Mesa since 1991.
Dr. Moon served as the Mesa School District’s Diversity Coordinator for ten years and was also a teacher and middle school counselor in the school district. As an adjunct professor for Northern Arizona University, Dr. Moon has taught graduate studies in the areas of Cultural Foundations of Education, Race and Ethnic Identity, and Life-Span Development. Currently, he is the Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion in the Tempe Union High School District.
Cliff has been recognized with several distinctions that include: City of Mesa’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee’s Veora E. Johnson Spirit of Unity Award Winner, Who’s Who Among U.S. Teachers, Mesa Leadership Training Award, Multicultural Education and Awareness Award, Golden Bell Award for the Mesa Schools Grow Your Own Teachers Program, and Northern Arizona University’s Outstanding Graduate Student for 2011. Cliff is also the co-founder of the Annual Arizona Multicultural Education Conference.
Cliff has a strong belief in individual worth and is passionate about social justice. His community involvement includes participation in various non-profit organizations that include: East Valley Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee, City of Mesa Police Department’s African American Forum and former Chair for the City of Mesa Human Relations Advisory Board. He looks forward to further serving others in addressing social justice issues.
Ms. Jacque Starks
Jacque has over 30 years experience in learning organizations including keynote presentations, consultation, design, assessment, facilitation, mediation, coordination and training. Jacque Starks currently leads Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Engagement for Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD). In this role, she connects with everyone in the organization as well as community partners to strategically align, develop, coordinate, and present diversity goals and programming. Her services for the district include, but are not limited to, assessments, coaching, consultative services, mediation, training and facilitation.
Jacque is the 2016 recipient of the East Valley Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee’s Veora E. Johnson Spirit of Unity Award for Diversity and Inclusion. In 2016, Equality Arizona awarded her the Barry Goldwater Human Rights Award that includes work recognized by Maricopa Foundation in recognizing her as Employee of the Year for LGBTQ equity. In 2017 Jacque was the finalist for the Diversity Leadership Alliance (DLA) Diversity Leader Award of Excellence and in 2018 she was nominated for and awarded the DLA Leader of the year. Jaque’s work was recently recognized by University of Phoenix (U of P) as U of P sponsored and recognized her work in the 4th edition of the Celebration of Women book. The Celebration of Women book salutes and acknowledges the accomplishments of phenomenal multicultural women in the community who have touch their hearts and minds professionally and personally. The role models in the book will inspire the young women who participate in Achieving My Purpose programs. Jacque has also help leadership roles with the Arizona Minority Child & Family Network, State Expressions Toastmasters, Diversity Leadership Alliance Student Mentor and Leadership Program, as well as an avid volunteer leader for many education and community programs.
Ms. Erica Maxwell
As the first Associate Superintendent of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at the Arizona Department of Education, Ms. Erica Maxwell has more than 25 years as a certified educator. In her education tenure, Maxwell has served as an administrator, adjunct faculty member at Chandler-Gilbert Community College and as a faculty associate at Arizona State University.
Additionally, Maxwell is a co-founder of the annual Arizona Multicultural Education Conference. She also facilitated a series of community book discussions for Arizona State University’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy.
Maxwell was recently appointed to the Arizona Juvenile Justice Commission and serves as a Board Member for Children’s Action Alliance and the Children’s Museum of Phoenix.
Recognized for her community involvement and excellence in education, Maxwell received the 2016 Outstanding Adjunct Award from Chandler-Gilbert Community College and the 2015 East Valley NAACP Education Advocacy Award.
Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Ms. Maxwell resides in Chandler and has a son who attends Arizona State University, and a daughter who is a high school junior.