According to the teacher policy organization TNTP, on average, in the United States, districts spend $18,000 on professional development, per educator, with only a 30% improvement rate for educators. There is a strong disconnect between the professional development services provided from outside providers and the implementation, which takes place within the classroom.
As of August 2017, Diversity Talks has expanded it's student-led professional development to Kansas City Missouri with hopes to be able to compare the progress made in Kansas City, Missouri to Providence, Rhode Island.
On September 11, 2017, Edsurge published an article about the work that Diversity Talks has been doing since inception called "Not Comfortable Talking About Race in the Classroom? Let Your Students Lead the Conversation"
April 1, 2017, Diversity Talks took home the winning prize of the Highlander Blending and Personalized Learning Pitch Fest. They defeated competition during 2 rounds of pitches; crowd vote and judging.