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For Immediate Release
July 12, 2010

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Annual Cultural Diversity Conference Welcomes Keynote Speaker Phylicia Rashad

"Looking back, Moving Forward" is this year's theme.

Press Release Photo Phylicia Rashad

Brockport, NY—On September 16, The College at Brockport, State University of New York, will be “Looking Back, Moving Forward,” as the College celebrates the 10th Diversity Conference and 175th Anniversary of the College at Brockport.

This year’s keynote speaker is actress Phylicia Rashad. Ms. Rashad is most remembered for her role as Claire Huxtable in The Cosby Show, but is also recognized for her Broadway, off-Broadway, film, and TV-film performances.

State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher will help open the conference.

“It is extra special that, as we celebrate these milestones for the College, we will have such distinguished individuals as Phylicia Rashad and Nancy Zimpher to share in our commitment to diversity,” said Joel Frater, PhD, assistant provost for diversity.

Throughout her award-winning career, Ms. Rashad has been recognized as a tremendous acting talent as well as an active participant in charitable and nonprofit organizations. In 2001, she was honored by the Board of Directors of New York Women in Film and Television with The Muse Award for Outstanding Vision and Achievement.

In 2004, Ms. Rashad received a Tony Award for her Broadway performance in A Raisin in the Sun. Four years later, Ms. Rashad received an Emmy nomination and then the 2009 NAACP Image Award for her work in television film, A Raisin in the Sun . A native of Houston, TX, Ms. Rashad graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater from Howard University.

In addition, she has received honorary doctorates from Carnegie Mellon University, Howard University, Providence College in Rhode Island, Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Clark University, and Barber-Scotia College. She also is the recipient of the Harvard University Foundation Award.

The 10th Annual Brockport Diversity Conference seeks to bring together communities and other college campuses to promote open-mindedness and acceptance, and to celebrate diversity.

The day-long conference is open to the general public. Some previous Cultural Diversity Conference keynote speakers include John Quiñones, Bill Miller, and Carol Moseley Braun.

To learn more about The College at Brockport’s Diversity Conference, and to see the Conference agenda, complete with educational sessions throughout the day, visit the 2010 Brockport.Diversity Conference

The College at Brockport, State University of New York
350 New Campus Drive * Brockport, New York 14420-2931
(585) 395-2754 * FAX (585) 395-2723 *

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