The annual Connecting Women of Color Conference will be held at the University of Richmond Jepson Alumni Center Feb. 19 at 1:30 p.m. This year’s theme is “Building Across Bridges” featuring keynote speaker Betty Neal Crutcher. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Crutcher, whose husband is UR President Ronald A. Crutcher, consults and leads workshops for organizations and institutions in cross-cultural mentoring.

“The theme of this year’s conference resonates with me as it is reflective of my work with cross-cultural mentoring,” said Crutcher. “It’s important for us to understand how people from different cultural backgrounds can listen, support and care for each other.”

The Connecting Women of Color Conference fosters an open dialogue in which women of color with the University of Richmond community, and their allies from around the region, can think about and discuss current issues. It also serves as a forum to invite women from other local universities to further their diversity work. 

Participants will have the opportunity to take part in two of seven sessions, including:

  • Building Across Borders: Using study abroad as a tool to foster transnational dialogue among women of color throughout the world
  • Boldly Living @ the Intersection of Sexuality, Spirituality, and Success
  • Finding F.A.M.I.L.Y.: Using Your College Experience to Create a Foundation for a Purposeful Life
  • From Victim to Victor: The Value of Black Women in America, Then and Now
  • Curly to Straight: Working out the Kinks of Hair
  • #StayWoke: Living in the Margins as a Space of Radical Openness
  • BTW…I Don’t See Race, Gender, and Sexual Identity…I See People

This event is hosted by the Westhampton College Dean’s Office. For more information, visit the Westhampton College website.

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