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A Conversation with Young Professionals on DEI

About the Event:

Employers understand the importance of developing effective policies and practices that support diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB).  This Virtual Town Hall, developed in partnership with the Steve Fund, features a panel of young professionals and a Steve Fund Mental Health Expert who will share their views on what organizations can do to effectively support them and create DEIB programs and initiatives that attract and retain top talent. Discover how you might develop strategies to effectively address DEIB issues within your organization to create and sustain a diverse and inclusive workforce. You won’t want to miss this conversation.

About the Speakers:

David P. Rivera, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Counselor Education Queens College, City University of New York

Brent C. Westbrook, MBA Advisor, TrueBridge

About the Steve Fund:

The Steve Fund is the nation’s leading organization focused on supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color.  The Steve Fund works with colleges and universities, non-profits, researchers, mental health experts, families, and young people to promote programs and strategies that build understanding and assistance for the mental and emotional health of the nation’s young people of color

David P. Rivera

David P. Rivera, Ph.D. is an associate professor of counselor education at Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY) and founding director of CUNY’s LGBTQI+ Student Leadership Program. He received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. He also holds degrees in psychology and counseling from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Wyoming. His professional experience includes college counseling, higher education administration, and consultations on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Dr. Rivera has worked at a variety of institutions, including the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Prince George’s Community College, and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. His research is guided by critical theories and social justice frameworks, and explores cultural competency development and issues impacting the marginalization and wellbeing of people of color and oppressed sexual orientation and gender identity groups, with a focus on microaggressions.

He has published books, journal articles, and book chapters in various areas of multicultural psychology, education, and social justice, and his latest co-edited books, Affirming LGBTQ+ Students in Higher Education and Critical Theories for School-Based Practice: A Foundation for Equity and Inclusion in School Psychology and Counseling will be released in late 2021. Dr. Rivera is adviser to The Steve Fund, faculty with the Council for Opportunity in Education, and holds leadership roles in the American Psychological Association. He has received multiple recognitions for his work from the American Psychological Association, the American College Counseling Association, and the American College Personnel Association.

Brent C. Westbrook

Brent is pursuing his MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and serving as an MBA Advisor for TrueBridge, a $3.8B venture fund-of-funds. He previously spent three years as an associate and senior associate on the TrueBridge investment team, where he focused primarily on deal and industry analysis. Brent began his career as an associate in LinkedIn’s Business Leadership Program, where he was responsible for analyzing product data and helping build a Sales Development Team for the company’s newly launched LinkedIn Learning product. As an undergraduate, he interned with Credit Suisse in New York as a summer analyst in Sales and Trading.

Brent earned his BA in Sociology from Harvard College, concentrating on economic sociology and globalization. During his sophomore and junior years, he also served as Director of the David Walker Scholars program. In that role, he represented Harvard College at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative University conference.

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