Workshop: Keeping it Real: Illusions of Equality and Justice on College Campuses


Monday, May 18, 2015

Start Time: 

9:45 AM

End Time: 

11:45 AM

A workshop not to be missed! This interactive session utilizes the documentary film, If These Halls Could Talk, and research recommendations as tools to engage participants in small group discussions. After viewing the film, participants will discuss the impact of biases and traditional views held about cultural and other differences (e.g., acquired conditions such as HIV/AIDS, sexual preference, race/ethnicity, and religious practices)/ Participants will identify training strategies that may best address issues that are raised in the film and are consistent with their ethical responsibilities to respect the diversity of the persons they serve.

Learning Outcomes

  1. To discuss the impact of biases and traditional views held about cultural differences on the well-being of individuals from diverse groups (i.e., racial/ethnic, disability, linguistic, sexual preference and religious practices).
  2. To identify training strategies that may best address issues that are raised in the film to create a culturally responsive learning climate.
  3. To identify at least one approach that participants will use in their work setting that is consistent with their ethical responsibilities to respect and value those who are different from themselves.

About the Workshop Leaders

Photo: Brenda Cartwright

Brenda Cartwright is a Professor of Rehabilitation Counseling at Winston-Salem State University. Prior to her current position, Dr. Cartwright has held teaching appointments at several universities in the nation and internationally.  She received her doctorate in Rehabilitation Counseling Leadership from The George Washington University in Washington, DC.  She brings a distinctive perspective to the classroom-real-world application of theories with over 20 years of counseling and administrative experience in State-Federal vocational rehabilitation, private rehabilitation, and forensic settings. She is a certified rehabilitation counselor, national certified counselor, a licensed professional counselor, and mental health counselor.  She serves and provides leadership on national, state, and university levels. Dr. Cartwright has published and presented widely on disability and rehabilitation related issues, cultural diversity issues and professional ethics in counseling.   She is the recipient of numerous national awards in recognition of scholarly contributions to multiculturalism in the rehabilitation field.

Photo: Keisha Rogers

Keisha Rogers, an Assistant Professor at Winston Salem State University in the Master's of Rehabilitation Counseling program, is a certified rehabilitation counselor, licensed clinical addictions specialist, and licensed professional counselor.   She received her Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  Dr. Rogers' professional background includes serving as a clinical director in private behavioral health agencies and in public and private sector rehabilitation counseling in the areas of substance abuse, vocational evaluation, and staff training and development.  Dr. Rogers has presented at several national conferences including the National Rehabilitation Association, National Association of Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns. Her research interests include co-occurring disorders, clinical supervision, and multicultural rehabilitation and she has published textbook chapters  and peer-reviewed journal articles in these areas.

Photo: Rahim Skinner

Rahim Skinner is a first-year graduate student in the Winston Salem State University Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling program. He has worked for fifteen years with senior citizens and people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. He is currently a Housing Specialist for CenterPoint Human Services in Winston Salem, North Carolina, where he houses chronically homeless and homeless people with long term disability and often co-occurring substance abuse issues.  In his current capacity he also works to advance the Department of Justice's settlement with North Carolina by ensuring people with mental disabilities and substance abuse issues living in state run hospitals and adult care homes are given the opportunity to live in the community of their choosing. Mr. Skinner completed his undergraduate degree at the illustrious Winston Salem State University Magna Cum Laude, with a bachelor of arts in Psychology.  He was inducted into Pi Gamma Mu, the International Honor Society in Social Sciences, and enjoyed leadership roles in several campus activities. In his spare time, Rahim likes to read and spend time with his wife, family, and friends, and also volunteering in his church.