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Conversations on Race: Workshop Descriptions

Conference breakout sessions are divided into two parts: Social Justice and Intersecting Identities and Issues. The workshops offered for each part of the conference will run concurrently.

Opening Plenary w/Lunch and Table Top Opera (11:30am to 12:15pm)

Featuring students, faculty, and community members from Eastman School of Music.

Part A: Social Justice (12:30pm to 2:00pm)

A Population in Flux: Immigration, the University of Rochester and Beyond

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Workshop Facilitators: Frank A. Novak, Esq. | Harter Secrest and Emery, LLP and Cary Jensen | Senior Counsel and Director of the International Services Office at the University of Rochester

Workshop Description: The University of Rochester community interacts with foreign nationals every day: they are academic colleagues, students, co-workers. They are an integral part of campus life and bring diverse voices to the university. But how did they get here legally? And how do they stay? The answer involves a system that is little-known and understood, and one that rarely achieves headline news. The immigration system that allows them to stay and work in the U.S. is made up of labyrinthine laws and regulations, not to mention arcane quotas and backlogs. This workshop will describe that process of getting here and staying, specifically in the context of the higher education sector. We will discuss the government’s immigration policies and how they affect the university community, with an aim towards promoting an understanding of the challenges faced by the foreign national population on campus.

Mass Incarceration: Scholarly Responses in Theory and Practice

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Workshop Facilitator: Kevin Fiscella, MD, MPH | Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Rochester’s Medical Center and Joshua Dubler, PhD | Assistant Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion and Classics at the University of Rochester

Workshop Description: A critical look into the state of incarceration in the United States, and an introduction to some of the ways that University faculty are working to ameliorate this social crisis.

Publicly Engaged Scholarship

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Workshop Facilitators: Joyce Duckles, PhD | Assistant Professor of Human Development at the Warner School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester; George Moses | Executive Director of North East Area Development, Inc. (NEAD); Ryan Van Alstyne | Associate Director of Group 14621; and Kimberly Nelson | Family and Community Engagement Coordinator at North East Area Development, Inc. (NEAD)

Workshop Description: As a group, we will begin by exploring key questions related to our topic. What do we mean when we talk about “publicly engaged scholarship”? Who is the “public” and what is the role of the university? How do we work these boundaries? How are we defining engagement? Who “owns” the data, who are we writing for, and in what genres and formats? And, why do we do the work we do?
Sharing lessons learned from our work as co-researchers, co-authors, and co-implementers on a long-term ethnographic community project, we will lead workshop participants through cooperative group activities to tap into the ways multiple perspectives can be explored and embraced in collaborative research. This begins by being aware of what we each bring to our work and our research sites. We will then share some of the practices that we have found sustain our collaboration and help us to create the space to do our work, including becoming attuned to each other’s perspectives and practices, working with dissensus and breaking bread, building on distributed expertise, and moving toward alternative forms of dissemination.

Part B: Intersecting Identities and Issues (2:15pm to 3:45pm)


PHOTOVOICE: Engaging Youth in Social Change

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Workshop Facilitators: Nancy Perini Chin, PhD, MPH | Anthropologist in the Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Rochester; Samantha Boerner | Health, Behavior and Society and Psychology Senior at the University of Rochester; and Ciara McGillivray | Behavior and Society and Philosophy Junior at the University of Rochester

Workshop Description: PHOTOVOICE is a community engaged approach to research and social change that puts data collection in the hands of people may lack a voice in shaping the conditions under which they live. In this workshop we present the process and findings of a PHOTOVOICE project done with teen-aged youth in an Alpine community in Italy. Across Italy, Alpine villages are in decline. Youth are especially disenfranchised and seek ways to better integrate themselves with their elders and within the stunning landscape in which they live. Without a change in circumstances, youth are forced to leave the mountain village where they were born and raised.

The PHOTOVOICE project allowed youth to explore a counter narrative of their role in village life and uncover aspects of their intersecting identities not typically acknowledged by elders in the community. Youth presented themselves as children, grandchildren, fishermen, artists, and concerned citizens. They made several suggestions for change as well as highlighted assets within the community.

Teaching Sensitive Topics: Using Racial-Ethnic Identity Development Models to Inform Instruction & Intervention

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Workshop Facilitator: Ronke Lattimore Tapp, PhD | Assistant Director for Multiculturalism, University Counseling Center, University of Rochester

Workshop Description: Many years ago, as an energetic, idealistic, and somewhat naïve new professor, I undertook the task of developing diversity focused introductory psychology course. My goal was to “simply” include current and historical diversity related examples and applications along with the classic ones. There was nothing “simple” about it. My experiences taught me A LOT about how emotionally loaded diversity issues were for our students (yes, even today), and how their reactions to the course content impacted every aspect of the process of teaching. It impacted their ability to accept, integrate, apply, and recall the information presented… in essence, their ability to effectively learn. In this presentation I will share what I learned through this experience and how it has helped me to teach sensitive topics more effectively. A primary focus of this presentation will be how applying Racial-Ethnic Identity development models can assist instructors to understand and anticipate student reactions, and more effectively structure instruction, responses, and interventions to improve student learning.

Closing Plenary: Derald Wing Sue, Counseling Psychology Professor | Teachers College, Columbia University

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Derald Wing Sue is Professor of Psychology and Education in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College and the School of Social Work, Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, and has served as a training faculty member with the Institute for Management Studies and the Columbia University Executive Training Programs. He was the Co-Founder and first President of the Asian American Psychological Association, past presidents of the Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race (Division 45) and the Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17). Dr. Sue is a member of the American Counseling Association, Fellows of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and past member of the American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology. Dr. Sue has served as Editor of the Personnel and Guidance Journal (now the Journal for Counseling and Development), Associate Editor of the American Psychologist, Editorial Board Member to Asian Journal of Counseling, serves on the Council of Elders for Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, and has been or continues to be a consulting editor for numerous journals and publications.

Derald Wing Sue can truly be described as a pioneer in the field of multicultural psychology, multicultural education, microaggression theory, psychology of racial dialogues, multicultural counseling and therapy, and the psychology of racism/antiracism. He has done extensive multicultural research and writing in psychology and education long before the academic community perceived it favorably, and his theories and concepts have paved the way for a generation of younger scholars interested in issues of marginalized populations and multicultural psychology. He is author of over 150 publications, 19 books, and numerous media productions. In all of these endeavors, his commitment to multiculturalism has been obvious and his contributions have forced the field to seriously question the monocultural knowledge base of its theories and practices. As evidence of his professional impact, Dr. Sue’s book, COUNSELING THE CULTURALLY DIVERSE: THEORY AND PRACTICE (2016), 7th Edition (with David Sue – John Wiley & Sons Publishers), has been identified as the most frequently cited publication in the multicultural field; since its first edition, it has been considered a classic and used by nearly 70% of the graduate counseling psychology market. With the help of many colleagues, he chaired committees for the Society of Counseling Psychology and the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development that resulted in building the foundations for the cultural competency movement. For more on Professor Sue, please attend the research conference.

Conference Pre-reading: Race Talk: The Psychology of Racial Dialogues