Ann Tillery

The University of Nebraska at Kearney has been chosen as one of only four universities in the nation to serve as a host site for a “Multicultural Competence and Social Justice” conference offered through the National Institute for Multicultural Competence from 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7.

Dr. Michael D’Andrea from the University of Hawaii, a nationally recognized social activist and authority in multicultural education and counseling, will speak on ways to acquire the competencies to work effectively, respectfully and ethically with culturally diverse populations, and to develop supportive and socially just campus and community environments. Part of the day will focus on developing action plans to create and support diversity initiatives on the UNK campus.

“I encourage everyone in the university community to consider attending the conference and use it as a catalyst for developing an inclusive and supportive campus environment,” said Chancellor Doug Kristensen.

The conference is open to students and faculty from other higher education institutions for $20, members of the Nebraska Counseling Association for $40, and for anyone else who is interested for $50. UNK faculty, staff and students may attend at no charge through support provided by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, the Deans Council, the Nebraska Counseling Association, and the Nebraska School Psychology Association.

The conference fee includes lunch and all conference materials. Participants should register before Monday, Oct. 20. For more information, or to register, contact the Department of Counseling and School Psychology at (308) 865-8508.