The annual Connecting Women of Color Conference will be held at the University of Richmond Jepson Alumni Center, Feb. 17 from 2-5 p.m. This year’s theme is “Taking Our Seat at the Table,” featuring keynote speaker Rosa Clemente. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Clemente is a community organizer, activist, independent journalist and the 2008 Green Party Vice-Presidential Candidate. She is a scholar of Afro-Latinx identity and has researched national liberation struggles in the U.S.

This year’s theme provides a space for women of color and gender expansive people of color to share their experiences and think critically about issues affecting them, in the company of their allies. Clemente will speak on how to create more opportunities for diverse voices and identities to be heard and represented.

“This conference provides a forum for a population that is making great strides on college campuses but is still underrepresented,” said Bianca Ortiz, event organizer in the Westhampton College Dean’s Office. “It provides a space for a diverse group to come together to share their experiences and think critically about issues affecting them.”

This event is hosted by the Westhampton College Dean’s Office. The conference is part of the College’s continued commitment to promoting and celebrating diversity and inclusion. For more information, visit the Westhampton College website.

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