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Diversity Week Keynote

Published: May 15, 2013

CHENEY, Wash. - Eastern Washington University is pleased to welcome keynote speaker Caprice Hollins, PhD., for the 2nd annual Diversity Week celebration May 20-23 on the EWU campus.

An advocate who is passionate about equity and social justice, Hollins will kick off the schedule of events with a workshop from noon-1:30 p.m., Monday, May 20, in the PUB MPR.

The Keynote Presentation: Cultural Competence in the 21st Century

America has always been a country full of diverse people and cultures. Historically, our approach has been to assimilate into dominant cultures values, norms and customs. Today we are learning to become multicultural but cultivating these skills doesn't come easy, nor do they happen overnight.

We must unpack the ways we've been socialized to think about differences, engage in courageous conversations and develop new ways of being. As a result of this keynote address, participants will develop a common language and understanding of what is meant by cultural competence and deepen their understanding of the work they can do to develop their ability to effectively work across cultures.

By working together to develop our cultural competence individually and institutionally we can each take part in shaping our world into one where everyone benefits through inclusivity and the honoring of differences. America is changing? Are you ready and willing to be a part of shaping that change?

Hollins was born and raised in Seattle. She received a BA in psychology from Seattle University and an MA and PsyD in clinical psychology with an emphasis in multicultural and community psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology. Hollins has more than 15 years of experience working with ethnically diverse populations, providing mental health services, facilitating workshops and teaching graduate level counseling courses. Currently she is an associate professor in the counseling program at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology and co-owner of Cultures Connecting LLC, www.CulturesConnecting.com.


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