My History of Working to Reduce Prejudicial Behavior

When I am asked about when I first became interested in the dynamics of prejudicial behavior I pause and then relate a story from my childhood. My mother told me that when she was a young lady in the south, sitting in a soda shop across the street from a park to enjoy some refreshment or a treat, a mob came down the street and lynched an African American man in that park. The mob then came into the soda shop and pulled out the wooden furniture and used it to build a fire under the man who they had just lynched. This was a very intense experience for my mother, who was just a young lady at the time that she witnessed this lynching. The emotions and the intensity of her experience were clearly visible as she shared those memories with me and they have not been forgotten.

I have worked with people with disabilities at Crippled Children's Society while I was in college and also worked with the Boy’s Club in a depressed hispanic neighborhood.

As a psychologist, I traveled around the US doing presentations and workshops on reducing prejudices. I have worked for the Federal government, state and city governments, Colleges and Universities in about 25 states. I found the work of Paul Pedersen both interesting and encouraging. I made some adaptations to Pedersen’s Triad Model and presented this in many states, and also presented with Paul Pedersen at the American Counselors Association.

After doing some presentations at Central Washington University it was agreed that I would not accept any monetary payment for my work but instead the University’s media department would produce the videos that are included in this program.

A partial list of Beyond Prejudice Trainings, Presentations and Workshops

(The name of any group on this list should not be seen as an endorsement of my work by this group.)

American Association for Affirmative Action, National Conferences in

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Los Angeles, California

National Association for Multicultural Education, Conference in

  • St. Paul, Minnesota

Wisconsin Statewide Equity and Multicultural Education, Convention in

  • The Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

National Coalition for Sex Equality in Education, 16th Annual Conference in

  • Boise, Idaho

Northwest Center for Equity and Diversity, Summer Institute, Edmonds Community College in

  • Edmonds, Washington

National Association of Public Sector Equal Opportunity Officers, Annual Conferences in

  • Arlington, Virginia
  • Hampton, Virginia
  • Seattle, Washington

Washington State Counselors Association, Annual Meetings in

  • Everett, Washington
  • Spokane, Washington
  • Tacoma, Washington

Wisconsin Vocational Equity Leadership Cadre, Annual Conference in

  • The Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment, Annual Conferences in

  • Moscow, Idaho
  • Pullman, Washington
  • Tacoma, Washington

Georgian Court College, Conference on Hate Crimes in

  • Lakewood, New Jersey

Central Washington University,

  • Ellensburg, Washington

National Association of Public Sector Equal Opportunity Officers, Training Program in

  • Tallahassee, Florida

City of Boynton Beach, Training with City Department Heads in

  • Boynton Beach, Florida

U.S. Department of Justice, I.N.S. Executive Council in

  • Washington D.C.

Georgia State University, Training with Faculty and Staff in

  • Atlanta, Georgia

Georgia Tech, Training with Faculty and Staff in

  • Atlanta, Georgia

City of Tallahassee, Training with City Department Heads and Supervisors

  • Tallahassee, Florida

Delaware Valley Counselling Conference, in

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Higher Education Resource Center, Summer Conferences on Affirmative Action in

  • San Francisco, California
  • Boston, Massachusetts

Southern Methodist University, Consulting with Faculty and Staff in

  • Dallas, Texas

Temple University, Workshop for Counselling Center Staff in

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Bradley University, Consulting with Administration, Faculty and Students

  • Peoria, Illinois

Georgian Court College, Consulting with Administration, Faculty and Students in

  • Lakewood, New Jersey

Vincennes University, Consulting with Faculty, Staff, Local Police and Students in

  • Vincennes, Indiana

United States Customs Service, in

  • Houston, Texas

Federal Government Executive Council, in

  • Houston, Texas

Presbyterian Church (USA), Evangelism and Church Development in

  • Louisville, Kentucky

Presbyterian Church (USA), in

  • Louisville, Kentucky

Metropolitan State College, Consulting with Faculty and Students in

  • Denver, Colorado

Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, Consulting with Administration, Faculty and Staff in

  • Fairbanks, Alaska

Willamette University, Presentation for Faculty and Students in

  • Salem, Oregon

Northwest Conference on Racism, Willamette University in

  • Salem Oregon

Northwest Association for Special Programs, in

  • Portland, Oregon

Race Relations Symposium, University of Oregon in

  • Eugene, Oregon

Willamette Valley Racial Minority Consortium, Annual Meeting in

  • Portland, Oregon

Washington State Community College Counselors, Annual Meeting in

  • Gray’s Harbor, Washington

Superintendant of Public Instruction State of Washington, Equity NETWORK Meeting in

  • Seattle, Washington

Association for University and College Counselling Directors, in

  • Snowbird, Utah

Gustavus Adolphus College, in

  • St. Peter, Minnesota

Wisconsin Education Association Council, in

  • Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

National Diversity Symposium, in

  • San Antonio, Texas

Voices of the Dream Conference, in

  • Salem, Oregon

Patton State Hospital, (3 day multi-level Training) in

  • Patton, California

American Counselling Association, in

  • Orlando, Florida

The Forensic Mental Health Association, in

  • Pacific Grove, California

National Association for Multi-Cultural Education, 7th Annual Conference (all day pre-conference Institute) in

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico

California Statewide Cultural Competence and Mental Health Summit,

  • Sacramento, California

American Association for Affirmative Action, Regional II Conference in

  • Atlantic City, New Jersey

Saint Anne School, Staff Development in

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Moonstone Inc., sponsored by the Philadelphia Foundation in

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
United States Internal Revenue Service - Milwaukee Office
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin