University of Richmond will host the fifth annual Connecting Women of Color Conference Feb. 15 for area college students to exchange information through interaction with each other and a variety of speakers.

“The conference provides an outlet for intellectual and personal development in which women of color at Richmond, their allies and other college women can have meaningful dialogues around issues important to them,” said Charm Bullard, associate dean for residence life.

Keynote speaker will be Sabrina Squire, news anchor for WWBT NBC-12. Squire will discuss “Loving Our Authentic Selves,” the conference’s theme. Her talk will open the conference at 1:30 p.m., and will be followed by panel discussions and a networking reception.

Participants can choose two of three seminars:

  • Standing Out or Fitting In. Tiffany Jana, CEO of TMI Consulting, a leadership and diversity consulting firm, will speak.
  • Charismatic Communications: Establishing Support Systems. Panelists will be Carmen Foster, retired community affairs director for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and Holly Rodriguez, social media officer at University of Richmond
  • Beyond Faith and Oprah: Finding Other Ways to Care for Our Mental Health. Panelists will be Charlynn Small, University of Richmond Counseling and Psychological Services, and Crystal Thornhill, graduate student in clinical health psychology at Appalachian State.

The conference is open to Virginia college students. To register, visit or call Charm Bullard at 804-289-8470.

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