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Cultural Competence for Social Justice: A Framework for Faculty, Student, Staff, and Organizational Development

This workshop was canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. It has been rescheduled for June 11, 2014. Click here for details and to register for the new session.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 
12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Capitol Room, Holmes Student Center

by Diane J. Goodman, Ed.D.
Smith College School of Social Work and State University of New York—New Paltz


Diane Goodman

This interactive workshop presents a model of Cultural Competence for Social Justice (CCSJ) which addresses the awareness, knowledge, and skills to live and work effectively in culturally diverse contexts and enact a commitment to social justice that helps us to prepare students for a multicultural world. Going beyond just understanding cultural differences, it addresses the larger dynamics of power, privilege, and inequality to meet the needs of people from marginalized groups and create inclusive and equitable environments. We’ll explore the components of the CCSJ model and how it can be applied in teaching, curriculum development, and departmental and organizational transformation.

Dr. Diane J. Goodman has been educating about diversity and social justice for over 25 years. As a trainer and consultant, she has worked with a wide range of organizations, community groups, schools and universities. Diane has been teaching in the areas of education, psychology, social work, and women’s studies. In addition, she was the Director of Human Relations Education and the Interim Affirmative Action Officer at the University of Rhode Island. She currently teaches at the Smith College School of Social Work (Northampton, MA) and at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She regularly presents at national conferences and speaks and writes about social justice issues. Diane is the author of the book Promoting Diversity and Social Justice: Educating People from Privileged Groups, 2nd ed. (Routledge, 2011) and other publications.

Tentative Agenda

12:30 pm
Check-in and refreshments
12:55 pm
Welcome and introductions
1:00 pm
Exploring the Cultural Competence for Social Justice (CCSJ) framework
2:15 pm
Refreshment break
2:30 pm
Further discussion of the CCSJ model and ways it can be applied
4:00 pm
Conclusion and workshop evaluation

Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Registration Information

The workshop is open to all faculty, instructors, staff, and administrators. Registered participants will receive workshop materials, refreshments, and a certificate of participation. Advance registration is required.

Registration Deadline: Friday, May 2, 2014.  Registration is closed

Due to the expensive nature of the program and the advanced notice needed for arranging food and materials, please register by the deadline and plan to attend the entire workshop. After you register, if you are unable to attend, please inform the Center by May 12, 2014 by emailing to so that those on the waiting list can be given the opportunity to attend the workshop or program costs can be reduced.

Last Updated: 07/16/2014