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Professors David J. Ford and Lawrence Jones

Professors Ford and Jones Present at the National Cultural Competency Forum

David J. Ford Jr., Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Professional Counseling, and Lawrence Jones, adjunct professor in the Department of Political Science and Sociology, recently participated in the pre-recorded program, the 2022 National Cultural Competency/Sensitivity Forum for Mediators, Lawyers, Judges, and Legal Professionals: East Meets West.

The online event is scheduled for Oct. 20, National Conflict Resolution Day, and will run from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. via Zoom. Registration is required and open until the day of the forum.

The program is free as a public educational service. However, there will be a $35 administrative fee for those seeking Continuing Legal Education credits.

“The National Cultural Competency Forum is open to all, and the material which each diverse panel is covering is comprehensive and valuable for both new and experienced professionals alike,” Jones said.

The five-hour forum features five panels of 26 speakers and presenters from around the United States offering different perspectives on issues of cultural competency in the legal profession.

Ford and Jones are featured on the fifth panel, covering cultural competency/sensitivity and disabilities, with Ford as a presenter, and Jones as a co-moderator. Monmouth University is also listed as an honorary sponsor/supporter of the event.

The New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators (NJAPM) Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Cultural Competency presented the forum, with Jones serving as the chair of the NJAPM committee and co-chair of the forum.

Four other organizations co-hosted the forum, including the Cultural Competency in Family Practice (California), the Florida Center for Cultural Competence (Florida), the New York City Bar Association Office of Diversity and Inclusion (New York), and the Iranian-American Lawyers Association (California).

A preview of the forum is currently available.