Diversity Conference 2004

Annual Diversity Conference
April 15 & 16, 2004

Thursday April 15th


9:00-9:45am: Complimentary Light Breakfast

Assembly Hall, Campus Center

10:00-12:00: Keynote Speaker

Joseph Ponterotto, Ph.D.

"The Multicultural Personality: An Evolving Construct for Psychology"

Assembly Hall, Campus Center

Joseph G. Ponterotto, Ph.D. is currently Professor of Education and Director of Training in the Counseling Psychology program at Fordham University in New York City. Dr. Ponterotto’s primary teaching interests are in multicultural counseling, career development, psychological measurement, and qualitative research methods. He is presently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology. He has written extensively in the area of multicultural counseling and he is the co-editor and co-author of a number of books on the topic, including the recently released second editions of the Handbook of Multicultural Counseling (Sage, 2001) and the Handbook of Multicultural Assesment: Clinical, Psychological, and Educational Applications (Joseey-Bass, 2001).


12:00-1:00: Complimentary Lunch

Assembly Hall, Campus Center

9:00 am-5:00pm Poster Session

Assembly Hall, Campus Center

1:00-2:15: Presentation

M. Nicole Coleman, Ph.D.

“Examining Implicit and Explicit Racial Attitudes in College Students”

Assembly Hall, Campus Center

This presentation will provide a preliminary overview of research conducted during an undergraduate diversity course. Fifty-five undergraduates at a major Mid-Atlantic university completed the Color-Blind Racial Attitudes Scale (COBRAS) and the Implicit Association Test (IAT) as well as completed Critical Incident Questionnaires throughout a 15-week course. The course included topics such as (a) racism, (b) sexism, (c) disability prejudice, (d) heterosexism and (e) social justice related to each of these topics. The data presented will provide a descriptive snapshot of college students’ attitudes about race and racism. Implications for teaching courses of this nature with college students and multicultural training will be discussed.

Nikki Coleman, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Counseling Psychology at the State University of New York at Albany. She has taught several courses on multiculturalism, oppression, and social justice. Her primary research interests include multicultural issues in counseling and training, color-blind racial attitudes, and mental health issues in girls/women of color.

Friday April 16th

9:00-9:45: Complimentary Light Breakfast

Assembly Hall, Campus Center

9:30-11:30am: Diversity Panel

Assembly Hall, Campus Center

Local professionals will lead an interactive discussion about how diversity issues are addressed in a variety of professional settings.

12:00-1:00 Complimentary Lunch

Education Building, 335



This event was made possible through the support and generosity of a variety of organizations at the University at Albany.

We would like to extend our gratitude to:

Division of Counseling Psychology

Graduate Student Organization- Your GSO Money-at-Work

Affirmative Action Grant- Office of Affirmative Action

Nelson A. Rockefeller College of the Public Affairs and Policy

Presidents Office- University at Albany

School of Education

University Auxiliary Services


We would like to thank and congratulate the members of the Diversity Conference Committee for their invaluable time and effort in helping plan and coordinate the 14th Annual Diversity Conference: Junhong Cao, Joeleen Cooper, Carrie Cragun, Kristen Dams-O'Connor, Laura Deihl, Amanda Ferrier, Jane Higham, Walt Kendall, Michelle Morrow, Eric Podchaski, and Melissa Sheehy. We would like to extend our appreciation to our faculty advisor, Dr. Micki Friedlander and Conference Coordinator, Nicci Surething. We are also grateful to Dr. Azara Santiago-Rivera for her generosity in opening up her home once again. Finally, a special thank you to all the presenters who shared their time and expertise in this event.