National expert on diversity issues to speak at Kenai River Campus

Kenai Peninsula College

Posted: Wednesday, May 03, 2006

As a member of the University of Alaska Anchorage Diversity Action Council (DAC), Diane Taylor, coordinator of the Learning Center, seeks to nurture an environment where diverse cultures and beliefs of all people are acknowledged and diversity is respected throughout the UAA system. Taylor sits on the council as the sole representative from the community campuses in the UAA system.

The DAC promotes activities and programs throughout all UAA campuses that effectively address issues related to diversity. One such program will be bringing Dr. Patricia Arredondo, President of the American Counseling Association, to KPC’s Kenai River Campus to make a public presentation. Dr. Arredondo will give a lecture titled “Multicultural Competencies as a Part of Life Skills” at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Commons. There will be a reception for the event immediately following the lecture.

According to her biography, Dr. Arredondo is associate vice president and senior advisor for academic initiatives and professor of psychology in education at Arizona State University. She has published and lectured nationally and internationally in countries including Canada, Portugal, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

Dr. Arredondo earned her doctorate of counseling psychology at Boston University and is a licensed psychologist. She began her professional career as a teacher and school counselor. In 1985, she established Empowerment Workshops Inc. in Boston, an organizational consulting firm focusing on work force diversity initiatives.

Her major publications include three books: “Successful Diversity Management Initiatives,” “Key Words in Multicultural Interventions A Dictionary,” co-edited, and “Counseling Latinas/os and La Familia: A Practioners Guide,” also co-authored.

Dr. Arredondo is the recipient of many awards including an honorary degree from the University of San Diego. She is a member of many professional organizations, including the American Counseling Association, the American Psychological Association, and the National Hispanic Psychological Association.

Another aspect of Dr. Arredondo’s expertise is her collaboration with executives and organizational management to identify the appropriate interventions for the existing institutional needs. She is often a motivational speaker on topics of counselor training and education from multicultural perspectives, empowerment, women as entrepreneurs, Latino perspectives in counseling, and career change.

She is a former professor at the University of New Hampshire and Boston University. Currently, Dr. Arredondo is an adjunct professor for Tufts University; she also lectures at other universities across the country. She also served on the faculty of Columbia University Business School, executive training programs. Her graduate degrees in counseling psychology are from Boston College and Boston University, respectively.

KPC is honored to have Dr. Arredondo on campus speaking on such an important issue. The public is invited to attend. For more information, contact the KPC Learning Center at 262-0327.

KPC schedules year-end meeting

Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River Campus in Soldotna will close at 9 a.m. Friday for an academic year-end meeting of faculty, staff and administration. The college apologizes for any inconvenience this closure may cause the public.

This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at Kenai Peninsula College.

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