Donnie Taveras, Deborah Bergner
Donnie Taveras is a second-year M.S. graduate student in the College Student Personnel program at the University of Rhode Island. While in graduate school, Donnie is also a Hall Director at the University of RI. He received his B.S. in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations from Rhode Island College. Following his graduation from RIC, he spent two years advising high school students through the college application process at Hope high School with Brown’s College Advising Corps. His future interests involve working for an office in multicultural affairs, supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds through transition, retention, mentorship and leadership programs.
Deb Bergner is the Coordinator of Educational Programs in the Department of Housing and Residential Life. She received her B.A. in Urban Studies from Brown University and M.Ed. in College Student Personnel from Springfield College. In addition to working with first year Living and Learning Communities and the Resident Academic Mentor program, Deb is passionate about issues related to social justice, politics and gender and sexuality.
Workshop Title: Real Stories, Real Discussions and Real Conversations at Home: Diversity Programming at URI
Workshop Description: REAL Conversations at URI was a pilot program designed by Housing and Residential Life staff to encourage students at URI to speak about social justice issues that have been trending in the Unites States. For our initial series, we focused on three subjects; income inequality in the U.S., policing in communities of color, immigration issues and Donald Trump’s problematic comments. We wrapped it all up with a culminating session called what’s next? In this workshop we will discuss challenges and successes of doing diversity programming on URI’s campus.
Workshop Location: Session I in Quinn Hall Room 104