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Inaugural Texas A&M RISE Conference Kicks Off Feb. 2

January 22, 2018


By Justin Ikpo, Texas A&M University Department of Multicultural Services

The Department of Multicultural Services (DMS) will host the Inaugural Texas A&M University Race Identity and Social Equity (RISE) Conference on Friday, Feb. 2. The College of Education and Human Development will serve as this year’s College Champion.

The RISE Initiative also is supported by the Division of Student Affairs, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Association of Former Students. RISE will provide a space for students, faculty and staff to engage research and issues related to diversity and inclusion within higher education.

The RISE Initiative is modeled after the Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE) Program, which is comprised of a yearlong undergraduate research fellowship and the conference. The RISE conference will include featured sessions, student-led research presentations and a keynote speaker.

Thomas Hill, senior vice president emeritus at Iowa State University, will be the conference’s keynote speaker. During his time at Iowa State, he created the ISCORE Conference (modeled after NCORE), which was later renamed The Thomas L. Hill ISCORE: Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity. Hill is known for being a champion for students and administrators and conveying ISU’s mission statement through various diversity initiatives.

The RISE Conference will be held Feb. 2, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., in the Memorial Student Center, Room 2400. Registration is free on the website, RISE.

The first 150 people who register and confirm their attendance will receive a free food ticket for the keynote speaker luncheon.


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