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Whether you’re an experienced DEI leader or new to the field, DAIP offers programming to help you hone your skills, broaden your perspective, and leave you inspired to forge ahead with this important work.

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Reshaping Power Structures through Black Resistance (Virtual)

February 28, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join DAIP virtually as we highlight BIPOC leaders and changemakers who are bringing power-shifting solutions to their work in Rhode Island communities. Since DAIP is framing all of our 2023 programming around transformative action, this Black History Month we’re focusing on Black Futures, and amplifying the work of leaders who are challenging the status quo to transform workplaces, communities, and society as a whole. 

DAIP founder Linda Newton will moderate this important conversation with the following panelists:

  • Equity-minded higher education leader Stephanie Akunvabey (Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at Roger Williams University),
  • Community developer Leslie Moore (Owner, Core Collaboratives),
  • Nonprofit founder and community activist Juan Wilson Jr. (Founder, The MUSE Foundation).

The panel will highlight methods to influence and shift power dynamics, whether one is inside or outside of traditional power structures. Attendees will leave empowered and with the tools to take action within their own spheres of influence.

This program has been submitted for HRCI and SHRM CE credits.



February 28, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Event Category:


Virtual, over Zoom



Kevin Matta


Kevin Matta  (he, him, his) is a strategic differentiator, comfortable challenging the status quo, and brings both passion and experience to ensure client success and human engagement with his brilliant ability to make connections.

Kevin’s interest in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion work developed as he witnessed his parents encounter inequities and injustices while navigating the American healthcare and workplace landscape. His passion for this work continues to be strengthened by the systemic injustices people around the world continue to experience.

Kevin serves as president of DAIP’s board of directors.