PCOM holds 8th annual Diversity Conference
The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) Department of Psychology and the student group Culturally Aware Psychology Students will host their eighth annual Diversity Conference on April 28-29.
Titled “Unapologetically Diverse, Positively Unique,” the conference will provide a forum for conversation and learning in an effort to address key issues of diversity, immigration, inclusion and cultural competency. Workshops will focus on topics including working with diverse immigrant communities; how schools can support youth in the sexual minority; social justice; racial healing; and equitable practice.
The keynote speaker, Ayo Maria Casey-Gooden, PhD, specializes in African Centered/Black Psychology and is board-certified by the Association of Black Psychologists. Her lecture, titled, “Interacting Effectively with Melanics,” will take place on April 28 at 6:30 pm. (“Melanics” is a term used by Casey-Gooden to refer to people of color.)
Additionally, Saturday’s opening session with Krishma C.P. Mastroianni, Esq., a supervisory attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review, will highlight issues of immigration in the United States with heightened anxieties and past traumas faced my many immigrants.
The event will take place on PCOM’s campus at 4170 City Ave., in the Ginsburg Auditorium of Evans Hall. The conference is free and open to the public; however, advance registration is required. To view the full program and register, visit http://www.pcom.edu/academics/academic-departments/psychology/diversity-in-psychology/diversity-conference/2017-diversity-conference.html.
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has trained over 15,000 highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists who practice a “whole person” approach, treating people, not just symptoms. PCOM offers the doctor of osteopathic medicine, doctor of pharmacy and doctor of psychology degrees and graduate programs in mental health counseling, school psychology, physician assistant studies, forensic medicine, organizational development and leadership, and biomedical sciences. Our students learn the importance of health promotion, education and service to the community and, through PCOM’s Healthcare Centers, provide care to the medically underserved populations in inner city and rural locations.