Stewart David Ikeda is descended from families who, somewhere down the line, started elsewhere -- in Europe and Asia. His works have demonstrated a particular and lasting commitment to exploring the benefits and confronting the challenges of American diversity and our multicultural constitution, and applying these interests to a variety of professional and creative ends.
As Vice President for IMDiversity, Inc., he provided executive leadership in creating one of the country's most respected diversity recruitment e-businesses and online multicultural community networks at IMDiversity.com, twice named "Best Equal Opportunity Site" by Yahoo! Internet Life Magazine.
As Acting Editor for THE BLACK COLLEGIAN Magazine, he oversaw several editions of one of America's oldest ongoing glossies for college educated African Americans, as well as the reorganization and expansion of THE BLACK COLLEGIAN Online, for two years following the publisher's relocation after Hurricane Katrina.
In the areas of education and training, Ikeda has taught college courses in ethnic studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Boston College, contributed to multicultural training events and publications for teachers, and led seminars and published widely on diversity-related topics.
He has been invited to lecture, teach, conduct workshops, and consult to businesses on topics ranging from diversity recruitment and retention to niche marketing, from ethnic media publishing to multicultural education, and from civil liberties to the Asian-American arts, cultures, and politics.
Active in Asian American and multicultural community nonprofit circles for decades, Ikeda has served on boards and advisories for Asian American community organizations including APAs for Progress, the Asian American Writers Workshop, and the 80-20 Initiative & PAC. He has also provided media, recruitment and outreach assistance to community organizations and political campaigns.