Empowering Our Community
Through Education


To empower our community through education by enhancing the educational, professional, and personal growth of individuals through the development of educational programs that support upward mobility and job readiness for Clark County residents.


CDF’s vision is to provide learning opportunities that afford individuals from disadvantaged populations, regardless of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, opportunities to achieve their highest educational and professional goals.


The goals of the CDF’s educational and enrichment programs are to promote multiethnic/multicultural awareness and acceptance within the community; to focus on coordination of outreach support efforts to diverse communities, to respond to and support the professional and educational needs of the disadvantaged.

The Cultural Diversity Foundation will be sponsoring many educational programs; computer skills for job readiness, scholarship workshops, and community events such as the annual Educational Taste of Excellence: Wine Tasting, Spirits & Jazz Scholarship Fundraiser, the Golden Hand Service Awards, and Looking Through the Eyes of the Beholder: An artist’s Vision to support our vision and goals.

Board of Directors

Dr. Joni Flowers

Founder, President, & Executive Director

Dr. Joni Flowers is the Founder, President and Executive Director, of the Cultural Diversity Foundation (CDF), a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization which was established in 2004.   She received her Doctorate of Education, Instructional Technology with an emphasis in Distance Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Dr. Flowers served as a member of the American Association of University Women, American Education Research Association, EDUCAUSE, American Library Association, and Black Professional Women’s Alliance.

Dr. Flowers is also a full-time professor for the School of Education, College of Southern Nevada. She has been for teaching there for 25 years

In 1996, Dr. Flowers founded and organized the annual scholarship benefit, Educational Taste of Excellence: Wine Tasting, Spirits, and Jazz.

Executive Board

Dr. Joni Flowers, Founder, President, & Executive Director
Melinda Brown, Secretary
Daniel Johnson, Treasurer
George Seess, Director

Board Members

Board of Directors

Joe Coe
Martin Drapacz
Tony Gladney
Debbie Holleran
Daniel Johnson
Jerrie Merritt
Kali Fox Miller
Dr. LeAnn Putney
Rita Vaswani
Terry Zakancyz

Advisory Board
Melinda Brown
Chef Sterling Burpee
Debbie Conway