12th Annual Diversity Institute

Event Date: 
Friday, April 26, 2013 - 8:30am - 3:30pm
Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, 2nd Floor

Counseling & Psychological Services is pleased to announce the 12th Annual Diversity Institute. The program is scheduled for Friday, April 26th in the MD Anderson Library Rockwell Pavilion.

This year, the program will consist of two parts. The morning session will be a program specifically for students, whereas the afternoon session will be for faculty and staff.

The morning program will be from 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. The theme is “Putting It All in Focus: Racial Identity Lenses & the Campus Community.” The presenters for this session will be Dr. Thomandra Sam, Psychologist 1, and Dr. Carlton E. Green, Multicultural Postdoctoral Fellow, from CAPS. During the morning program, students will participate in two interactive workshops that will assist them with:

  1. Exploring how social class differs from race, as well as beginning to consider the meaning of how they identify their own social class standing.
  2. Understanding how all individuals, regardless of their racial background, may have different socialization experiences that contribute to how race-related interactions and events are perceived and experienced.

CAPS would like to invite interested faculty and staff to serve as small group facilitators for the morning portion. As a small group volunteer, you would be expected to do the following:

  1. Attendance at the event from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  2. Individual review/reading of designated materials related to race and social class.
  3. Willingness to participate in (sometimes) difficult dialogues.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Carlton Green at cegreen4@central.uh.edu or 713.743.5454 by Monday, April 22.

The afternoon program will be from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. This session’s theme is “Using Racial Identity Social Interaction Theory to Assess Your Academic Climate.” This interactive webinar will feature Dr. Janet E. Helms, Augustus Long Professor in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology and Director of the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture at Boston College. She has written over sixty empirical and theoretical articles and four books on the topics of racial identity and cultural influences on assessment and counseling practice. Dr. Helms will assist participants with identifying characteristics of inclusive environments. Participants will also have the opportunity to consider strategies for ensuring that their work settings are responsive to the needs of students and colleagues from diverse backgrounds.

Attendance is free! Seating is limited. Early registration is encouraged. Participants are encouraged to RSVP for the event at http://studentvoice.com/uhou/DI2013.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Carlton Green at cegreen4@central.uh.edu or 713.743.5454.

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