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Annual Diversity Conference

Overcoming the Invisible: April 13, 2018


Keynote Speaker: Ana Navarro

Ana Navarro

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, Bill Maher’s Real Time, 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.”

Conference Overview

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, or age.

This year’s theme is “Overcoming the Invisible.” The conference aims to explore hidden identities, evolve beyond the social constructions that drive perception, and find pathways to create meaningful change.

Contact for Questions: Ashley N. Campbell, Director of Diversity Programming, 585-273-4297 or

Conference Agenda

TimeOverview of Activity
8:00am to 8:30amConference Check-in
8:30am to 10:00amKeynote Presentation with Q&A to Follow
10:15am to 11:45amConcurrent Breakout Sessions
12:00pm to 1:00pmLunch
11:45am to 1:45pmPoster Session
1:45pm to 3:15pmConcurrent Breakout Sessions
3:30pm to 5:00pmConcurrent Breakout Sessions

Call for Proposals

The workshops are designed for conference attendees to dig deeper into the theme for the conference. The subthemes of the conference function as conference tracks to provide continuity for the day’s activities. All proposal submissions are due Friday, January 26, 2018 by 5pm, EST.

Our Box of Identities

Our identities shape our experiences in society and our interactions with each other. Regardless of how we are identified or choose to be identified, these identities speak to the ways in which we see and function in the world. Workshops within this category shall focus on any of the following questions:

  • What are the social implications of being defined by our identities?
  • How do we create inclusive environments that may not initially include us?
  • How do we overcome others’ perceptions of our abilities and identities?

Our Social Politics

The national and international landscapes impact our lived experiences. Our belief systems, values, and social groups are target points when dealing with our families, workspaces, and civic responsibilities. Workshops within this category shall focus on any of the following statements or questions:

  • What cultural shifts have heightened the discomfort or attacks based on belief system?
  • What type of civic engagement requires awareness of socio-cultural values?

Our Ability to Transcend

Our contributions to the world are varied. As we learn and grow from one another, we can find pathways to create meaningful change. Workshops within this category shall focus on any of the following statements or questions:

  • What are new ways to examine our roles in education, healthcare, human resources, or any other industry that create cultural shifts?

application form

Call for Posters

The poster submissions should demonstrate personal/professional research or community projects that connect to the conference’s overall theme. All poster proposal submissions are due Friday, March 30, 2018 by 5pm, EST.

Submission form

Past Diversity Conferences

photo of speaker on stage

8th Annual Diversity Conference

It’s Our Time: Creating a World for All
March 31, 2017
Keynote: Shakti Butler, PhD
*Video available

Conference program with the title WHAT DO YOU STAND FOR?

7th Annual Diversity Conference

#URDiversity: What Do You Stand For?
April 8, 2016
Keynote: Shaun King
*Video available

conference program cover reads TURN AROUND FROM BYSTANDER

6th Annual Diversity Conference

From Bystander to Ally
April 17, 2015
Keynote: Jose Antonio Vargas
*Audio available

conference program cover reads CROSSROADS

5th Annual Diversity Conference

Crossroads: An Opportunity for Progress
March 28, 2014
Keynote: Lee Bollinger
*Video available

conference program cover reads: OUR DIFFERENCES, OUR STRENGTH

4th Annual Diversity Conference

Our Differences, Our Strength
April 12, 2013
Keynote: Lani Guinier
*Video available

conference program cover has a word cloud with workds like OUTREACH, CONVERSATION, and CHANGE

3rd Annual Diversity Conference

Change the Conversation
April 20, 2012
Keynote: Claude Steele
*Video available

conference program cover reads 2011 DIVERSITY CONFERENCE

2nd Annual Diversity Conference

Why Diversity?
April 29, 2011
Keynote: Daryl G. Smith
*Video available

conference program reads 2010 DIVERSITY CONFERENCE

1st Annual Diversity Conference

Building a Stronger Community
April 5, 2010