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Diversity Challenge 2010: Review

Race and Culture in Teaching, Training, and supervision

group On October 15-16 the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture (ISPRC) at the Boston College Lynch School of Education held the tenth annual Diversity Challenge. With over 400 participants, coming from 36 states and 5 countries, this year’s conference was the largest to date. Participants ranged from educators, to local community members, to researchers, activists, and students.

Each year the ISPRC addresses a racial or cultural issue that could benefit from a pragmatic, scholarly, or grassroots focus through its Diversity Challenge conference. This year’s theme was “Race and Culture in Teaching, Training, and Supervision.” The two-day conference included over 100 panel discussions, symposia, workshops, structured discussions, poster sessions, and individual presentations by invited experts in education, administration, research, mental health, and community activism. We invite you to view our Program Abstract, which contains brief descriptions of the many programs that were offered during the two days learning and discovering.

The feedback from our Challenge participants was overwhelmingly positive. Here are just a few comments:

  • Appreciated top speakers with range of speaking and presposterentation styles
  • I admire the depth of knowledge and thought paired with humor to help us deal with emotional heaviness of many of the topics and statistics
  • Great conference to be around colleagues who have interests and passion similar to mine - good place to network and rejuvenate
  • I like the combinations of presentations, small group discussions, and large group poster2discussions
  • Speakers were informative, engaging and able to make authentic connections with participants
  • Thought provoking and useful
  • Excellent - direct, concrete, clear applications to counseling
  • I liked the balance across presentations of research, theory, applications, and people's stories
  • A wonderful, inclusive conferenceposter3
  • It was a great conference. Well organized, the staff was friendly, and the facilities were beautiful. All the presentations and posters were phenomenal. Overall, it was a great experience and I enjoyed every minute of it
  • Fantastic conference. The organizers and student staff were really amazing--delightful individuals who knew just what to do when issues arose
  • I was able to look at diversity from a different point of view. I work in K-12 education and it was great to be able to see things from a higher education perspective poster4
  • This experience helped me to further my own self-exploration and self-reflection surrounding the issues discussed
  • I learned ways to integrate social and clinical issues in my thinking of race and culture


Featured speakers included:

nbfNancy Boyd-Franklin, Ph.D., Professor, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University, "Culturally Relevant Training in Violence Prevention."




BCY. Barry Chung, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Counseling and Applied Educational Psychology, Northeastern University,  "LGBT People of Color: Integrating Minority Identities"




AJFAnderson J. Franklin, Ph.D., Honorable David S. Nelson Professional Chair in Education, Boston College,  "Where is the Community's Voice in our Training?"




PMPaula Martin, Ph.D., House Administrator, Grade 7 at the Pollard Middle School (Needham, MA), "I am White... Now What? Setting a Context for Change in Teacher Pedagogy"



KNKevin Nadal, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology and Mental Health Counsel­ing, John Jay College of Criminal Justice-City University of New York,  "The Changing Face of Racism in the United States: A Review of Microaggressions"




LPSLisa Patel Stevens, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Teacher Educa­tion, Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Boston College




UshaUsha Tummala-Narra, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology, Boston College, "The Psychodynamics of Clinical Training on Racial and Cultural Diversity"



LWLaQueta Wright, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Coordinator of the African Ameri­can/Black Studies Program, Dallas (Texas) County Community College District at Richland College, "Race Matters and US Colleges and Universities"

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