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10th Annual Diversity Challenge

Race and Culture in Teaching, Training, and Supervision

October 15-16, 2010


The numbers of African Americans, Asian Americans, Latina/o Americans, and Native Americans (ALANAs) and related immigrant groups of Color are increasing in a wide variety of social domains in society including schools and helmscolleges, mental health programs and other professional schools, as well as in the workplace. At the same time, the number of “Whitetopias” (i.e., communities populated by only White Americans and related immigrants) are also increasing. When members of the ALANA and White communities come together to achieve some common goal, they often hold misconceptions of one another that make it difficult to build alliances or deliver services effectively. Teachers and professors, supervisors, and equity officers often find themselves in the position of teaching about race and culture as a means of building more hospitable climates and overcoming well-socialized racial and cultural stereotypes in settings where supervisors, administrators, and the partakers of services themselves often lack awareness of the unique challenges of addressing issues of race and culture and the importance of doing so.


Diversity Challenge includes panel discussions, symposia, workshops, structured discussions, poster sessions, and individual presentations by invited experts in education, administration, research, mental health, and community activism.  Addressing the issues related to this year's theme are the goals of Diversity Challenge 2010.


Over 115 Presentations, Including………..

  1. Acknowledging Your Voice: Researcher Training and Development in Race Research
  2. "I think they feel like visitors:" White Educators' Perspectives of METCO Students
  3. Motivational Interviewing to Facilitate Student Clinicians’ Change in Multicultural Courses
  4. Facilitating Intergroup Dialogues on Race
  5.  The Effects of Segregating Through School Choice: Examining Schooling and Success Patterns
  6. Using an Intersectional Paradigm in Teaching, Research, and Practice
  7. Hope for Oppressed Children: Equity and Social Justice in the Classroom
  8. Race and Culture Resistances in Institutions and Teaching: Personal Communication
  9. Integrating Race and Culture into an Undergraduate Human Services Curriculum
  10. A Multicultural Relational Psychoanalytic Approach

Download our brochure for more information on this year's Diversity Challenge.


Continuing education credits for psychologists, mental health counselors, and social workers are available.  Professional Development Points (PDPs) for teachers/school administrators will be offered.


PRESENTERS: View a listing of the Presentation Schedule and note the date/time you are presenting.  A Conference Program complete with room locations will be distributed at the Diversity Challenge registration desk during check-in.


Diversity Challenge sessions will be presented in several buildings:  Yawkey Center, Campion Hall, Cushing Hall, and Fulton Hall.  Participants should park in the Beacon Street Garage, 3rd floor.  Registration will be in the Murray Room in Yawkey Hall.  View a map of the Boston College campus to view the building and garage locations.


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