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      Northern Michigan University talks about diversity

      Everyone is different in one way or another. There are many ways a person can be diverse.

      NMU gets students and staff talking about this topic through the Uniting Neighbors in the Experience of Diversity (UNITED) conference.

      Conference Chair, Judy Puncochar, says it's important to be open to people with different cultures, ethnicity, religion and much more.

      "I think it's important to hear different voices, different perspectives, and value diversity as adding to human dignity...who we are as human beings," said Puncochar.

      NMU alumnus Rick Popp kicked off the conference as the keynote speaker. Originally from L'Anse, his career has taken him across the U.S. and internationally to Mexico. He says students need to be open to diversity as they will encounter it in their careers.

      "There's more out there and you want to see more out there. I think as long as you get the humility that you don't know everything, then you can enhance, engage, and enjoy the differences as they come along," said Popp.

      Popp encourages students to strive toward their dreams, even if it's uncomfortable, as it could lead them to bigger and better things.

      The second motivational speaker was Ramsey Jay, Jr. It's his second time speaking at NMU. He says you have to believe in yourself.

      "Being able to say I'm good enough to compete with the best no matter where I'm from, no matter where I come from. Even if I've fallen down, I can get up, finish, and have success," said Jay.

      Jay is scheduled to speak at the business school on Tuesday.

      The conference continues through Thursday with more than five different speakers, panel discussions, films, and performances.

      For more info click here.