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Supporting Systems and Communities in Achieving Racial Equality: A Groundwater Analysis – presented by Joyce James

Voices for Change: Voting, Advocacy, and Action

In this presentation, Ms. James will share her journey in developing the Texas Model for addressing Disproportionality and Disparities and the Groundwater Analysis for Addressing Racial Inequities© as the foundation for creating antiracist organizational cultures for undoing institutional and structural racism and improving outcomes for all populations. Participants will gain an increased understanding of the importance of cross systems collaborations and building partnerships with poor communities of color to remove the barriers that contribute to racial inequities. The session will include discussion of the pitfalls of well-meaning and well-intentioned leaders, who in isolation of an analysis of institutional and structural racism, and a racial equity lens, continue to unconsciously contribute to sustaining and often perpetuating racial inequities in the design and delivery of programs and services.

The Strengths of Black Families, presented by Denise McLane-Davison

Voices for Change: Voting, Advocacy, and Action

The political era of the Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, Gay Rights, and The Black Power Movement demanded the inclusion of rigorous research that centered racial and gender identity as significant narratives. The emergence of Black Studies and Women’s Studies, along with student-led and national organizations incorporating the same identity politics also demanded inclusion in intellectual landscapes. During this era Black social scientists blanketed the scholarship, theory, and treatment research that anchored African cultural values, traditions, knowledge, and generational behaviors as disruptive characteristics of pathologized Black family rhetoric. Collectively, cultural scholarship named the impact of adapting Black life to oppression and anti-Blackness policy. They declared the Black family as the fundamental source of strength of the Black community and as the defense for Black life from external threats. This session provides a historical and contemporary alignment on the Black strength perspective through racial pride, resistance, and resilience.

Nature is Nurture: Counseling and the Natural World – Live Online Workshop via Zoom

Nature is Nurture: Counseling and the Natural World provides an overview of the theoretical constructs of Ecotherapy with historical considerations and recent research discussed. Perspectives and reflections will be offered through the presenter’s own experiences. Examples of practical ways to incorporate Ecotherapy with different populations, as well as descriptions of other Ecotherapy modalities will be included.

This live online workshop will be presented by Megan Delaney, Ph.D., LPC, Assistant Professor, MU Department of Professional Counseling.

This program is two (2) NBCC credentialed continuing education hours which can be used towards the professional development requirements for NJ licensed counselors, social workers, and alcohol & drug counselors. Participants must register in advance online by Wednesday, July 1.

Cost is $20 for MU Alumni and Counseling Professionals. Current MU Students can register for free.

The workshop will be conducted live through Zoom, a virtual platform. Participants will receive an e-mail the week of the event with further details and instructions.

To register, please visit this website,, and be sure to click the Workshops tile at the bottom of the page.