UNCW Invites Business, Campus and Community Leaders to Diversity Conference

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wilmington, N.C. - UNCW has opened its dynamic diversity conference to area business leaders after a successful first year in 2012 as a campus-focused event.

Different Shades of Green, the 2013 diversity conference, is co-hosted by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and corporate partner Verizon Wireless. Victoria Boston, Verizon Vice President for the Southeast Region, is serving as a panelist for a global marketplace discussion along with leaders from Duke Energy, Onslow County Schools and the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County.

The conference is scheduled for 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Feb. 27, in the Burney Center. The cost is only $25 for per person for the conference; table sponsorships are available for $300. Please see registration information for a full list of speakers.

Keynote speaker Roger Worthington, project director of the Difficult Dialogues Program funded by the Ford Foundation, was recently appointed to the Missouri Commission on Human Rights. He is a professor at the University of Missouri.

"We created this conference to serve both the business community and the campus community," said Jose Hernandez, associate provost for the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, "and Roger Worthington will bring terrific insights about the competitive advantages of diversity to both audiences."

Communities and workforces across Southeastern North Carolina are rapidly changing as North Carolina's population becomes more diverse. According to the U.S. Census, about a third of North Carolina's population comes from diverse backgrounds, similar to the U.S. population overall. N.C.'s diversity is expected to increase in the decade ahead due to an increase in Hispanic and Asian residents.

Media Contact: Andrea Weaver, Office of University Relations,, 910-962-7631