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GSAPP 14th Annual Culture Conference

Given the American climate of polarized politics, today’s race relations has suffered significantly. In no other place than education, has this suffering become more evident. Since the 2016 Presidential election, the number of hate crimes and attacks have increased dramatically and schools have often been the sites of racial, gender, sexual identity, and religious bigotry, to name a few. Given this polarization, most Americans are becoming more fearful of having racial discussions and without courage to engage racial moments, the skills to navigate racial conflicts are sorely lacking. Many schools are seeing that racial literacy skills development should be a high priority for k-12 education across the country to meet the unique challenges of race relations for the 21st century. This keynote will focus on how to help educators, clinicians, students, and parents change avoidant “deer-in-the-headlights,” “walking on eggshells” coping responses with more assertive, problem-solving strategies. Racial literacy training has been proposed as a trauma healing approach to help individuals engage racial encounters where practice of racial mindfulness, stress management and assertiveness can provide the skills of negotiation more readily.

Participants will be able to:

1. Apply culturally relevant behavioral stress management strategies to address racial stress in schools and elsewhere

2. Develop measurable outcomes and strategies for developing racial literacy skills that can be integrated into the K-12 curriculum and teacher/faculty/staff professional development

3. Implement teaching and leadership skills that will create a more tolerant and supportive environment for work

This program is co-sponsored and approved for social work continuing education hours by the Rutgers School of Social Work in accordance with New Jersey Administrative Code 13:44G and recognized by: The New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners, the New Jersey Department of Education (Approval code 1965) and the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers and Marriage & Family Therapists. The Rutgers University School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers (provider #0069). Rutgers CEUs are recognized for social workers in most U.S. states. Check your state license board to verify if they are valid in your state.

Registration fees:
Early Bird Pricing until September 25th
Early Bird Professionals: $150
Early Bird Students: $25

After September 25th
Professionals: $165
Students: $35

Registration fee is all inclusive with CE credits and lunch

Special rates for GSAPP/School of Social Work/Graduate School of Education alumni and supervisors! Special Group Rates! Email Sharon Slinsky at for information.

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