The Department of External Affairs and Communications/URI Today has announced that the fifth annual D.I.V.E. RI (Diversifying Individuals Via Education) Conference will be held Friday, March 22 and Saturday, March 23 at the University Rhode Island’s Kingston campus. The theme for this year’s conference is “Moving Towards Authenticity,” focusing on the importance of remaining true to one’s identity.
According to URI Today, the fifth annual student-led conference, which seeks to educate individuals about relevant issues surrounding racial and ethnic topics while enhancing student leadership and social change on college campuses, will feature actor, producer and singer/songwriter Bryan Terrell Clark as keynote speaker on March 23. Clark, who originated the role of Marvin Gaye in “Motown: The Musical” on Broadway, has gone on to appear in film and television in such shows as “Empire,” “The New Edition Story” and “Blue Bloods,” as well as starring as George Washington in the Broadway juggernaut “Hamilton.”
The purpose of the D.I.V.E. RI Conference is to foster a space where students are free to learn about diversity and the challenges faced by others regardless of age, sex, race, ethnicity, gender, religion or ability. The weekend will include a series of discussions, workshops, speakers and networking. Attendees should expect to leave the conference with enhanced leadership capabilities and connections to other student leaders on the URI campus and other local colleges and universities.
For more information, visit D.I.V.E. RI.
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