The Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) leads Brophy’s efforts to ensure that each historically under-represented student and his family is fully included in the Brophy experience and has an equitable opportunity to thrive in all areas of student life. Under-represented students include students of color, students whose families have limited financial resources, first-generation college-bound students, and students with disabilities. The OEI primary areas of responsibility include:
  • Collaboration with Brophy's administrative team on school activities and programs
  • Oversight of student advocacy and outreach, and collaboration with the Student Activities Office in the area of equity, inclusion and outreach
  • Curriculum consulting/advising in partnership with assistant principals and department chairs, to help develop more culturally responsive and equitable curriculum
  • Coordination of Black Student Union, Brophy Black Family Alliance and Padres Latinos Unidos de Brophy
  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Develop and implement equity and inclusion programming for faculty, staff, students and community

Matthew C. Whitaker, Ph.D.
Office of Equity and Inclusion

Matthew C. Whitaker, Ph.D., is an award-winning teacher, author, community engagement specialist, motivational speaker and founder of  Diamond Strategies, LLC, and the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. He is the winner of the 2014 Arizona Diversity Leadership Alliance (DLA) Inclusive Workplace Award at Arizona State University, where he was a professor of history for 16 years. In 2016, he received DLA’s Diversity and Inclusion Leader Award.

He has edited three books, including Hurricane Katrina: America’s Unnatural Disaster, and is the author of Race Work: The Rise of Civil Rights in the Urban West, the only book devoted entirely to the civil rights movement in the Greater Phoenix area. Dr. Whitaker has won over 30 awards and has consulted, spoken and lectured in Australia, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, England, Ghana and Ireland. Has been featured on CNN, NPR, PBS, WVON, KEMET, and was given ASU’s 2015 Pioneer Award for working to improve African-American life, community and culture.

He is also a co-founder of the Healing Racism Public Dialogue Series, winner of the 2008 National League of Cities Promoting Inclusiveness Award, and City of Phoenix 2006 Martin Luther King, Jr. Living the Dream Award. He serves as a trustee of the Cancer Support Community of Arizona and as a member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Community Advisory Board, as well as president of the 501(c)3 nonprofit, East Valley Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, Inc. and he is education committee chair of the East Valley NAACP.


Vision Statement

Brophy College Preparatory's vision and core values are based upon the unwavering belief that diversity, equity and inclusivity are essential. Brophy condemns intolerance and denounces it as contradictory to the core values of the Roman Catholic and Ignatian traditions. Brophy affirms its commitment to use its influence as an educational institution to promote and teach the value of an equitable and inclusive community and provide the necessary tools to be culturally competent in our increasingly diverse society.

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  • Programs and Initiatives

    The following programs and initiatives are underway, or in the process of being established.

    • Brophy encourages students to submit ideas and to share their concerns with staff members.
    • Brophy will implement an annual student survey focusing on perceptions of the on-campus climate so that the school can more effectively address concerns and provide support.
    • Brophy facilitates ongoing diversity, equity and inclusion training among faculty and staff in order to promote awareness and cultivate leadership in these areas.
    • Brophy recognizes students who demonstrate leadership in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusivity.
    • Brophy will establish a book group to read and discuss materials that will be helpful in understanding issues related to these initiatives. 
    • Brophy will implement Operation Inclusion, an outreach effort to elementary schools and organizations for the purpose of recruiting diverse students and staff.
    • Brophy will adopt Translators for Others, a program already in use at some other Jesuit high schools, to improve access and inter-cultural communication at Brophy. 
  • A School and Family Partnership

    Any effort by Brophy will fall short without the support of parents and community members; therefore, we invite you to join us on this journey to more fully embrace equity and inclusivity throughout our school.

    An easy first step is to start a conversation with your children on this subject. You are their first and most important teacher. Teach them not only to respect people of all races and cultures, but engage them in conversations that will help them to understand that discrimination of any kind is not acceptable.

    Please also consider starting a conversation with a member of Brophy's Office of Equity and Inclusion. We want to hear your questions, concerns and insights on this subject. Brophy exists as a microcosm of our larger society; thus, we experience many of the same challenges that our nation faces.

    Finally, let's all resolve to use our resources to move this effort forward and to be the change we seek.
  • Student Advocacy and Culture

    Asian Culture Club
    Black Student Union
    Brophy Advocacy Club
    Brophy Culture Project
    Hermanos Unidos de Brophy
    Jewish Student Union
    Middle Eastern Club
    Native American Club
    The Blend

  • Contact Us

    Matthew Whitaker, Ph.D.
    Director - Office of Equity and Inclusion

    Jonathan Londoño '10
    Student Advocacy and Outreach
    602-264-5391, ext. 6330