Diversity Conference 2003

Annual Diversity Conference: April 9-11, 2003

Wednesday, April 9, 2003


7:00-9:00pm: Voices Theatre Production
Lecture Center 21

“Voices” is a Berkshire County Theatre Company dedicated to dealing with issues surrounding mental illness. “Voices” uses theatre as a vehicle to increase public understanding of mental illness, decrease stigma, and dispel myths about people suffering from mental illness. 

Thursday, April 10, 2003


9:00- 9:45 Complimentary Light Breakfast
Assembly Hall, CC

10:00-12:00: Keynote Speaker

Jack Dovidio, PhD

"Why Can't We Just Get Along? Aversive Racism and Interracial Distrust"
Assembly Hall, CC

Jack Dovidio, PhD. is a Provost and Dean of the Faculty and is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Psychology at Colgate University. He is a nationally recognized scholar whose current research interests include prejudice, stereotyping, and intergroup behavior, helping and altruism, and nonverbal communication.

12:00-1:00pm Complimentary Light Lunch Assembly Hall, CC

1:00-3:30pm: Workshop

Arlene Istar Lev, CSW-R, CASAC

“Clinical Practice with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered People”
Assembly Hall, CC

Remember when there was simply a “gay” community, and gay-affirmative therapy was a radical concept that depathologized homosexuality? In a few short decades, we’ve grown to a vital “queer” community, embracing gay men, lesbians, bisexual people, transgender, transsexual, and intersexed people—all presenting with diverse and complex needs involving issues ranging from life-threatening illnesses to polyamory, from infertility, adoption, and parenting to gender identity issues. This workshop will outline issues involved in working issues related to sexual and gender identity, and the role of the clinician in ensuring respectful and effective treatment.



Friday, April 11, 2003


9:00-9:45 Complimentary Light Breakfast
Assembly Hall, CC

10:00-12:00 Keynote Speaker

Madonna Constantine, PhD.

“Multicultural Counseling Competence: Acknowledging the Past and Embracing the Future”
Assembly Hall, CC

Madonna Constantine, PhD. is an Associate Professor of Psychology at The Ohio State University in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her scholarly interests include multicultural issues in counseling, training, and supervision.

12:00-1:00pm Complimentary Light Lunch
Education Building 335


1:30-3:30pm Roundtable Discussion

Azara Santiago-Rivera, Ph.D

“APA Guidelines on Multicultural Education. Training, Research, Practice and Organizational Change for Psychologists: Where Do We Go From Here?”

Azara Santiago-Rivera, Ph.D. is Associate Professor and holds academic appointments in the Department of Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology, Division of Counseling Psychology. She is currently serving as the Associate Dean of the School of Education.

The Diversity Conference is a student run conference by the doctoral students of the Division of Counseling Psychology. The conference would not be possible without support from the following:

Presidents Office- University at Albany
Division of Counseling Psychology - University at Albany
School of Education
Nelson A. Rockefeller College of the Public Affairs and Policy
Graduate Student Organization of the University at Albany
Affirmative Action Grant- Office of Affirmative Action
Graduate Student Organization (GSO)

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 13th Annual Diversity Conference: Eric Deemer, Laura Deihl, Mary Donahue, Amanda Ferrier, Nathan Haar, Justin Koehler, Brooke Merrigan, Eric Podchaski, Abby Russin, , Melissa Sheehy, Nicole Surething, Kristin Talka, and Xuelin Weng. We would like to extend our appreciation to our faculty advisor Marcia Moody. Special thanks to Kristin Talka and Abby Russin for their invaluable contribution in contacting the Keynote speakers. Finally, a special thank you to all the presenters who shared their time and expertise in this event.