Dec 3, 2014 Show Race Relations – How do we move forward?

Race Relations – Is there Healing?  Today we will speak to a psychiatrist, a community advocate, a community activist and a behavioral health consultant about the protests that have erupted since the Ferguson, Missouri case and whether and how they impact us in our communities in Arizona.  Why the topic? Because any divisions among people can adversely affect the health and the effectiveness of a community. Listen in on the conversation, participate by letting us hear your comments on our website at 








Quiana Dickenson is highly skilled and trained in conflict resolution, mediation, community conflict management, communication, training and public speaking. Quiana holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a Master of Arts in Education.

Quiana is called upon as a guest lecturer and has served as a subject matter expert in the area of communication and conflict resolution.  She serves as an adjunct professor of public administration and communication for Northern Arizona University, Chandler/Gilbert Community College, Central Arizona College and several other nationally and regionally accredited institutions.   Quiana has worked with both for profit and non-profit organizations, facilitated seminars for government agencies and officials and is frequently called to advise in matters of effective communication and community conflict strategies. She is a member of several local and national community service and advocacy organizations such as Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., National Council of Negro Women, and serves as an executive board member of Hope’s Crossing.

 Quiana’s goal is also to help her learners or clients to define themselves for themselves, which can only be done with self-reflection, education and a firm understanding of communication. Quiana has also founded Tamar Communication and Education Consulting, which advocates and trains individuals and organizations on effective communication, education public policy and political initiatives and practices.

Quiana Dickenson, M.Ed







Christian Johnson, MBA, MS, LCSW

Christian Johnson, MBA, MS, LCSW



Christian F. Johnson, MBA, MS, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Lecturer, & Consultant that received her education from Northern Arizona University, Columbia University, and University of Phoenix. She gained her psychotherapy, counseling, and consulting experience from providing services to a diverse background of individuals, couples, families, groups, and organizations in school and community based settings.

She founded Wholistic Counseling & Wellness Alternatives, LLC in 2006 based on the belief that self- reliance is achieved when your life is balanced and functioning as a whole. Additionally, Ms. Johnson is also a locally and nationally recognized Trainer, Consultant, and Speaker. She has been featured in local and national media interviews with media such as Black Enterprise Magazine, National Association of Social Workers- AZ, KFNX 1100 AM-The Pulse AZ, KTVK- News Channel 3, Phoenix Public Access 12, , and WTAL 1450 AM- Community Central. Christian F. Johnson is a National Certified Trainer for the Olweus International Bullying Prevention Program, and provides trainings and consultation services statewide.

In her spare time, she enjoys participating in progressive national and international political and social causes, traveling, and attending music, performing arts, and cultural events.






James E. Garcia

James E. Garcia is the director of communications and public policy for the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. He also is the owner of Creative Vistas Media, a Valley-based media consulting firm, a playwright and journalist. His media consulting clients have included Mesa Public Schools, One Arizona, Promise Arizona, the Arizona Opera and United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona. As a journalist, he has worked as a reporter, columnist, foreign correspondent and television and radio commentator. He was the founding editor of Latino Perspectives Magazine in Phoenix; the first Latino Affairs correspondent for KJZZ, the Valley’s NPR affiliate; and the first Latino editor of major alternative news weekly in the United States, The San Antonio Current. He currently publishes opinion editorials and blog postings in the Arizona Republic and on his blog, American Latino Redux at As an Arizona State University professor, Mr. Garcia has taught ethnic studies and writing courses. An accomplished playwright and theater producer, James is the founder and producing artistic director of New Carpa Theater Co., which produces Latino and multicultural productions, and he is the author of more than 30 plays. His most recent works include “American Dreamer: The Life and Times of Raul H. Castro,” “The Mighty Vandals” and “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the Culture Wars (But Were Afraid to Ask)”. To contact James, email or call 602-460-1374.


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