Saturday November 4th Rhode Island College held
it’s 20th Annual Multicultural Conference. This year Dr. Frank D
Sanchez, President RIC welcomed the conference attendees to the event which
featured Lisa M McBride, PH.D., Vice President for Inclusive Excellence, Salem
State University, who’s remarks “Innovating Diversity and Empowering Leaders:
Reimagining Higher Education, was well received by the hundreds of conference
Anna Cano Morales, Associate Vice President for Community,
Equity and Diversity served as Moderator for a panel of professionals in the
area of diversity and inclusion by a Human Resource professional, and Medical
and Judicial Administration professional’s.
Visael “Bobby” Rodriguez, Vice President of Human Resources
and Chief Diversity Officer, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island
(BCBS), Carrie Bridges Feliz, MPH, Director of Lifespan’s Community Health
Institute and Dorca Paulino, representing the Rhode Island Supreme Court.
The program consisted of a continental breakfast, 13
workshops, lunch and a keynote address By McBride and the panel discussion on
inclusiveness. The workshops included: Identity and Social Location, Success
Circles: Small Group Mentoring for At-Risk Students, Tapping into Talent:
Developing Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities in Classroom and Careers,
Improving Diversity, Developing a Sustainable and Strategic Plan for Diversity,
Class Matters, Trans Rights in the US Today, Cultural Humility, Becoming a
Competent LGBTQ Ally, Developing participatory Experiences in Learning, A
Conversation with Educators of Color, Mentoring is Critical for College Success
and Bias, Access and Representation in our Community Institutions.
The event was well attended by Teachers, Students and
interested people in the field of Education and Corporate Human Resource
development. For more information about RIC and it’s commitment to diversity
and inclusion contact Antoinette Gomes, Director of the Unity Center at RIC.
Antoinette Gomes can be reached at 401-456-8255 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.