Tri-Faith Initiative ( and the University of Nebraska Omaha’s Religious Studies department are hosting the second annual Race, Religion and Social Justice Conference June 7 and June 8 on the Tri-Faith Common. This year’s conference centers around “Building Bridges of Hope,” and will feature 20+ breakout sessions following an opening keynote presentation by Clint Smith, #1 New York Times bestselling and National Book Critics Circle award-winning author of How the Word Is Passed, Counting Descent and Above Ground. The two-day event will be held on Wednesday, June 7 in the evening and all day on Thursday, June 8.

The conference will address intersections between race, religion and social justice across different sectors of society. Presenters include nonprofit and civic leaders, diversity, equity, access and inclusion (DEAI) practitioners, community members, educators, physical and mental health practitioners, artists, religious communities and scholars.

The RRSJ Conference is a natural — and necessary — manifestation of Tri-Faith Initiative’s mission to cultivate inclusive environments that advance interfaith relationships and understanding.

Students can attend both the opening keynote and full-day conference for free with a valid student ID; comped tickets are also available for those with financial need who complete a scholarship form, which can be found on the event registration page.

Boys Town, Google Data Centers, the Greater Omaha Chamber, JCRC and many more influential local organizations are sponsors. For more information about the Tri-Faith Initiative and the conference details, visit