Doyin Richards ’98, best-selling author, TEDx speaker and anti-racism facilitator, will present “Real Talk About Racism and Mental Health in America” on Thursday, May 18, at 4 p.m. in the Nott Memorial.
Richards will be on campus celebrating his 25th ReUnion. He will also be presenting “Coffee & Conversation on Mental Health” on May 20, 2 p.m., in Karp 105 as part of the weekend’s events.
A Slate columnist and mental health advocate, Richards has authored three picture books for children, the most recent two focusing on diversity, inclusion and anti-racism. What’s the Difference? tackles the tough topic of introducing kids to positive race-relations without raising them to be “colorblind.” His newest book, Watch Me, details the immigration story of his father, who came to the U.S. to secure his Ph.D. from one of the top universities in the country, while adding immense value to America in the process.
As a student at Union, Richards was a member of the basketball team and Sigma Chi fraternity.
Richards’ Anti-Racism Fight Club (ARFC), a no nonsense, behavior-changing anti-racism course, is a popular training resource for businesses and organizations. Richards founded the ARFC in the summer of 2020, following the murder of George Floyd.
Through his Anti-Racism Fight Club workshops and his other initiatives, Richards has become a leader in the fields of anti-racism, mental health and healthy masculinity. He majored in psychology at Union.
A reception in the Nott will follow Richards’ talk. To learn more about Richards, visit his website or read this story in the Union College alumni magazine.