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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Race and Ethnicity Council will host Timothy E. Sams, who will present Identity Development and the Formation of Cross-Cultural Friendships, Thursday, April 3.

The presentation will introduce students to identity and multicultural development models, discuss the importance of both models to one’s holistic developmental growth and suggest ways of engaging in cross-cultural friendships.

Sams will speak at 10 a.m. during an open forum for the campus community in the Reeve Memorial Union Theatre, Room 307. Another private event with Sams will be held later in the day.

Faculty and staff members are encouraged to bring students/classes to the 10 a.m. presentation.

Sams is the vice president for Student Life at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, where he is responsible for leadership of the student experience such as management of  the Athletics Department, the Archer Center for Student Leadership Development, Career Development Center, Religious Affairs, Dean of Students Office, Office of the First- Year Experience, the Rensselaer Union, Residence Life, Student Health Services Center and Student Records and Financial Services.

Originally from Syracuse, New York, Sams received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Temple University, a master’s in Africana Studies from the State University of New York at Albany and his bachelor’s in history and sociology from Union College. He has professional development in enrollment management and retention, and is considered an expert in diversity, student leadership and Kingian Nonviolence.

Sams has received numerous awards and recognition; he has also published articles in his field and has given speeches and lectures around the country.

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