Scottsdale attorney, arts activist named 2016 Diversity Champions

Stanna-Michelle-Slater (submitted photo)

Stanna-Michelle-Slater (submitted photo)

A Scottsdale attorney dedicated to serving the gay and transgender community and an art activist have been named the 2016 Diversity Champions by the nonprofit group Community Celebrating Diversity.

Stanna-Michelle Slater, along with Keiko Conn, will be honored at Scottsdale’s 22nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner Celebration. The event takes place Tuesday, Jan. 12, at Chaparral Suites, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road.

Ms. Slater is respected throughout Arizona for her focus on bringing awareness to, and advocating for, those who identify as gay or transgender, according to a press release. As the owner and founder of the Law Office of Jeffery Slater, P.C., she uses her influence as an attorney and a transgender woman to steadfastly promote diversity in the community.

Her work in education and advocacy has highlighted that neither Arizona nor the vast majority of its cities provide any specific legal protections for those who are gay or transgender. Ms. Slater’s contributions embody Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s spirit by embracing the “how can you serve” mantra.

Her list of community involvement is long and includes activities with these organizations: the city of Scottsdale, one•n•ten, the Arizona State Bar’s Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and 13 years of service as a commissioned officer in the United States Army Reserve. By any measure, Ms. Slater easily meets the definition of a Diversity Champion.

Keiko Conn (submitted photo)

Keiko Conn (submitted photo)

Ms. Conn has dedicated her life to promoting diversity appreciation in Arizona. The activist passionately works to ensure that a wide range of cultures and people are provided an opportunity to receive recognition, exposure – and equality – through visual and performance art.

She has had a positive impact on the Valley’s arts and culture climate for more than 25 years. Ms. Conn has actively supported many community groups including Phoenix’s Japanese Friendship Garden, the Phoenix Art Museum’s Asian Council, International Mother Language Day, the Navajo Tribe and the Arizona Asian American Association – to name just a few, the release stated.

Ms. Conn intentionally uses the arts as her vehicle to teach principles of community building in direct alignment with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s values, bringing diverse groups together to promote civil and human rights in the pursuit of justice for all.

Author and nonviolence advocate Zak Ebrahim will be the keynote speaker at the Scottsdale 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Dinner Celebration.

Mr. Ebrahim’s father shot and killed the founder of the Jewish Defense League and later co-masterminded the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, the release stated. Today, Mr. Ebrahim is best known for speaking out against terrorism and spreading his message of peace and nonviolence.

Mr. Ebrahim will share his story of a childhood inculcated in dogma and hate and how he chose a different path.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Chaparral Suites, 5001 N. Scottsdale Road. Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased online at www.ScottsdaleMLK.com or by calling 480-312-3030.

Community Celebrating Diversity, a Scottsdale-based 501(c)3, sponsors this and other educational activities to celebrate and create a greater awareness of our community’s diversity.

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