India West: Miss America Nina Davuluri to Keynote Women’s Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Ed Royce announced Jan. 13 that former Miss America Nina Davuluri will deliver the keynote address at his eighth Annual Women’s Conference.

The event, held in conjunction with the California State University, Fullerton’s Philanthropic Foundation, will take place at CSUF on March 26.

“Nina not only won the Miss America scholarship contest, she also showed a phenomenal amount of poise in the face of adversity after her victory,” Royce stated in a press release.

“I look forward to Nina joining my constituents at this year’s Women’s Conference to discuss issues we both share a passion for: making sure more girls are STEM educated and celebrating cultural diversity.”

Over the course of the Davuluri’s year of service as Miss America, she logged approximately 250,000 miles traveling across the country to address an array of audiences on her platform: “Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency.”

As part of her consciousness-raising efforts on behalf of diversity, Davuluri also launched a social media campaign, Circles of Unity, to encourage constructive and civil dialogue on diversity issues.

Through her social media channels, Davuluri asks people to share “representative thoughts and stories about their experiences on how we as a nation can advance cultural awareness.”

In addition to her personal platform, Davuluri also has a partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Education promoting women in Science-, Technology-, Engineering-, and Math-related fields. She has collaborated with tech companies such as Google, Facebook, Dell and Texas Instruments to advance their STEM initiatives.

Furthermore, she has worked with many charities/NGOs in the U.S. and India advocating for equality and education — most notably Pratham, Magic Bus, and Girl Rising.

In addition to the keynote speech, the conference will include breakout sessions on topics suggested by past conference attendees, such as personal finance, healthy living and career advice.

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