Jan 16, 2018
Ana Navarro, Republican strategist and political analyst for CNN and CNN En Español, as well as a political contributor on ABC’s The View, will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 Annual Diversity Conference on Friday, April 13.
The Miami New Times describes Navarro as a "Republican power-consultant," and the Tampa Bay Times calls her "a sought-after voice in Republican politics and an adviser for any presidential hopeful," saying, "with confidants Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, she is poised to play a big role in the GOP response to immigration reform and Hispanic outreach." Respected on both sides of the aisle for her straight shooting and candor, Navarro frequently appears in the media—sought after by Meet the Press, Real Time with Bill Maher, Anderson Cooper 360, and The View, to name a few.
"Ana speaks the truth, and she is willing to speak the truth to power without reservation...she has the ear of lots of elected officials," says Republican consultant Brett O’Donnell. "She is in touch with the political issues people are talking about, and in presentations, she discusses the latest hot-button issues in politics, giving audiences an insider’s view of the upcoming elections and a roadmap for where the country is headed."
Each year the Annual Diversity Conference brings together the University of Rochester and Greater Rochester communities, highlighting a theme to help guide the focus for the day. Diversity-related topics may involve, but are not limited to: race/ethnicity, class, gender, culture, sexuality or orientation, disabilities/abilities, religion, and age. This year’s theme, "Overcoming the Invisible," aims to explore hidden identities, evolve beyond the social constructions that drive perception, and find pathways to create meaningful change.