2020 Minnesota Multicultural Summit:
Difficult Dialogues and Healing Conversations

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Friday, November 6, 2020

Full Day Summit

Metropolitan State University
700 7th St E
St Paul, MN 55106

Keynote Speaker: Alex Iantaffi, Ph.D., M.S., SEP, CST, LMFT

Keynote Panel: Cawo Abdi, Ph.D.; Saida Abdi, Ph.D., LICSW; Ahmed Hassan, M.A., LPCC

Call for Difficult Dialogue Proposals

"Difficult Dialogues emphasize a respectful expression of opposing views, providing an environment in which differing perspectives are defended, heard, and considered by those who hold conflicting ideas and values across cultures. The purpose of these dialogues is to provide opportunities for continued personal and professional growth. Participants in roundtable difficult dialogues usually take risks in expressing ideas, opinions, and perspectives about culture which may challenge themselves as well as other participants. Participants are expected to demonstrate respect for one another and remain open to guidance from the facilitators at all times.” (based on excerpt from APA National Multicultural Conference, 2019).

We are looking for co-facilitators for 90 minute Difficult Dialogues on a multicultural topic with evidence based literature. The goal is for facilitators to guide a small group discussion to help participants express, explore, and challenge their own opinions and thoughts in a safe environment.

Click here to fill out a proposal form.

The deadline for submitting a proposal is Monday, June 1 at 11:59 pm.


Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.