DAP’s Diversity Dinner gathers the change-makers of the St. Louis region who support inclusive organizations and communities. Together, we celebrate our success and renew our energy for the work ahead. In its eleventh year, the Diversity Dinner supports DAP’s role as a catalyst to increase awareness, facilitate engagement and provide education about diversity and inclusion.
Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch | 315 Chestnut Street | St. Louis, MO 63102
Parking: Complimentary valet parking
Attire: Business casual
Chicken Option: Grilled Chicken Breast with Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans with Almonds, Roasted Shallot Sauce
Vegetarian Option: Wild Rice Pilaf, Butternut Squash Puree, Spiced Japanese Eggplant,
Silent Auction: DAP’s Diversity Dinner features a terrific selection of silent auction items.
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Christine Buck retired two years ago after spending forty years in television at KPLR Channel 11. Christine is the recipient of five Emmy Awards, including The Silver Circle Award from the National Academy of Television Arts And Sciences. She has also received recognition from the National Federation of Press Women, Quest Award for Mo. Professional Communicators as well as Mathew Dickeys’ Boys’ And Girls’ Club and Women of Achievement. Christine has also worked in the community for years, sitting on many boards and emceeing events.
Benjamin Ola. Akande, PhD. will give the dinner keynote speech “Building a House for Diversity.” Dr. Akande is Senior Adviser to the Chancellor and Director of the Africa Initiative at Washington University in St. Louis. As a Nigerian born American, he was appointed by Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton in March 2018 to strengthen and expand the University’s efforts in Africa. He assists in developing and implementing strategy in bringing people together to identify ways to expand and enhance activities that will be rewarding to students and faculty, and build on initiatives in Africa. Read more about Dr. Akande.
Circus Harmony teaches the art of life through circus education. They work to build character and expand community for youth of all ages, cultures, abilities and backgrounds. Through the teaching and performing of circus arts, Circus Harmony helps people defy gravity, soar with confidence, and leap over social barriers, all at the same time.
Danielle Tene’ Kain is a student at Mary Institute & St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS) and is a member of the Academy of Science St. Louis STEM Teen Leadership Council and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Ferguson Middle School Club.
Troy Staten is a student at McCluer North High School, where he’s active with the Theater/Drama Club. A Muny Kid/Teen since 2015, he’s also a member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis Ferguson Middle School Club. Troy enjoys singing, acting, and dancing. He loves helping others.
Asia Johnson-Brimmage is DAP’s 2018 Diverse-City Art Competition Winner in the 9th – 12th Grade category. A senior at Mary Institute & St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS), Asia is a member of the InspireSTL class of 2019 and co-head of Black Student Union and Arts Council. Her winning painting, “Magic”, was displayed at the St. Louis Art Museum this summer.