Diversity & Inclusion Professionals

Upcoming Events

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.

Unfiltered Coffee Chat (Virtual)

Virtual, over Zoom

Join us to engage in conversation with other individuals that are passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Unfiltered Coffee Chats provide an opportunity for open connection and dialogue that is so crucial for our work. We invite you to come as you are, share space and contribute your questions and ideas. Spots are limited to …

Unfiltered Coffee Chat (Virtual)

Virtual, over Zoom

If you’re feeling incredibly stressed right now, you’re not alone.  When you combine a lifetime of varying levels of lived trauma, professional challenges resulting from constant pushback to challenging the status quo, and near-constant access to an alarming news cycle, it’s easy to see why DEI and HR professionals (and the colleagues and communities that …

Reshaping Power Structures through Black Resistance (Virtual)

Virtual, over Zoom

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 …

Diversity Links (In Person)

United Way of Rhode Island 50 Valley Street, Providence, RI

DAIP is partnering with United Way of Rhode Island to host our first Diversity Links networking event for 2023. Join us in person to engage in a guided conversation and connect with talented DEI-minded professionals from various organizations and industries. Click here to register! Tickets are limited.

Unfiltered Coffee Chat (Virtual)

Virtual, over Zoom

Do you manage other team members within your current role? Are you concerned about your current state of mental health, or that of your coworkers? You’re not alone.  Nearly one in five Americans live with a mental health condition, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. That presents challenges that must be acknowledged by …

(Virtual) The Future of Affirmative Action: What’s at Stake?

Virtual, over Zoom

Join DAIP for a virtual conversation with legal experts ahead of the SCOTUS decisions in two cases that will determine the constitutionality of race-conscious university admissions policies, which is often referred to as affirmative action. Since the 1960s and 70s, affirmative action has led to increased equity in the admissions process, more diverse student bodies, …

(Virtual) Unfiltered Coffee Chat

Virtual, over Zoom

Feeling stressed about the recent SCOTUS decisions related to affirmative action? Would you like the opportunity to share space with other folks considering the potential implications on your workplace? Some questions that are already coming up within our community include: How can companies make sure their dedication to DEI efforts remain steadfast while progress is …

(In-Person) Diversity Links Meet-up, in partnership with Rhode Island College

Rhode Island College (Main Campus)

DAIP is partnering with Rhode Island College to host our summer Diversity Links networking event. Join us in person to engage in a guided conversation and connect with talented DEI-minded professionals from various organizations and industries. Lite bites and drinks will be served. Experience Level: This event is relevant for all levels of experience. Cost: $35 …

(In-person) DAIP’s 12th Annual Leadership in Diversity & Inclusion Awards

Hope Events on Main 999 Main Street, Pawtucket

Join the DAIP community to celebrate our 2023 Leadership in Diversity & Inclusion Award winners! This year’s gathering will honor our 2023 award winners: Michelle Wilson (Individual Award Winner), Coastal1 Credit Union (Organizational Award Winner), and Carolyn Belisle (our inaugural Linda Newton Legacy Award winner)! The reception will feature: Live music, hors d’oeuvres & cash …

(Virtual) Unfiltered Coffee Chat

Virtual, over Zoom

The holiday season can be a joyous time, but it also brings its fair share of stressors and challenges.  Join DAIP virtually on December 5th for an Unfiltered Coffee Chat facilitated by Vanessa Vigil (belonging & equity coordinator at Lifespan), Greg Brunson (diversity outreach coordinator at Butler Hospital), and Daphney Afolabi (licensed clinical social worker). …

(In-Person) Film Screening & Discussion – “Silver Dollar Road”

Join us for an enlightening evening of film and conversation in recognition of Black History Month. DAIP is hosting a special program in honor of black excellence and community resilience at United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) on Monday, February 26th, for a screening & discussion around the documentary "Silver Dollar Road." The film tells …

(In-Person) Diversity Links Meet-up: Allow Us To Reintroduce Ourselves

Slate 60 Valley Street, Providence, RI

About the Event: Join us for an in-person event uniting DEI professionals. Dive into curated conversations, hear briefly from industry experts, connect with peers across industries, and enjoy networking over lite bites and drinks. At this peer-driven enjoyable event, networking effortlessly merges with meaningful connections. Experience Level: This event is relevant for all levels of experience. …

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.