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Masters of Arts Program Keynote Speaker - Gary Bailey

Saturday, 19 January, 2013  |  05:30 PM - 07:00 PM

Saturday, January 19 5:30 7 p.m.

The Color of Fear: the Paradox of Race and Oppression in the new Millennium

Gary Bailey will address racism and other forms of oppression in relation to sociopolitical and economic factors and historical themes in order to stimulate critical thinking about racism/oppression in its broader context and to provide a framework for confronting racism/oppression more resourcefully on personal and professional levels. Recognizing that cultural bias affects everyone at some level individuals must constantly re-evaluate their own attitudes and personal experiences with people of different races and ethnic groups, genders, social classes, religious and spiritual beliefs, sexual orientations, age, mental and physical abilities. Incorporating cultural competence standards into practice. This presentation will help individuals respond effectively, knowledgeably, sensitively and skillfully to diverse client populations who seek their assistance.

Goals and Objectives

1) Attendees will develop a deeper understanding about how race and oppression impact our lives as individuals and as professionals

2) A dialogue process where individuals build experience in discussing issues of race and class

3) The opportunity to engage in a process of building an inclusive community.

Gary Bailey MSW, ACSW is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. He received his BA from the Eliot Pearson School of Child Study at Tufts University in 1977; and his MSW from Boston University School of Social Work in 1979. He is a professor at the Simmons College School of Social Work; and at the Simmons School of Nursing and Health Studies. In 2009 he was appointed to a four-year term as a member of the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) by Gov. Patrick. MEFA is a nonprofit, self-financing state authority that provides assistance in the form of bonds, community education programs, college savings plans and low-cost financing options for Massachusetts students and families pursuing higher education. At MEFA he is chair of the Nominating Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee. Bailey is an award-winning professor who has played top leadership roles in the social work field. He was elected this June 2010 in Hong Kong as the new president of the International federation of Social Workers representing over 745,000 thousand social workers from 90 countries. He is the first person of color to hold this position and the first North American in over 20 years.He served as president of the National Association of Social Workers-USA (NASW) from 2003 to 2005, and was named Social Worker of the Year by both the Massachusetts chapter of the NASW and the national organization in 1998. He also served as chairman of the National Social Work Public Education Campaign, which promotes increased education and public awareness about the importance of the social work profession. He is also a past president of the Board of Directors of the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts. In June 2010 he was selected as one of 25 people who have made a difference in Massachusetts in the fight against HIV/AIDS and whose contributions to the fight against AIDS over the last two-and-a-half decades have been invaluable. Other honorees included Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, public health officials, grassroots activists; fundraisers to medical professionals, who represented the many communities that have come together to care for those affected by HIV/AIDS and to prevent new infections. Professor Bailey is a highly sought after trainer and consultant on topics which include board development, international social work practice, elder and family housing program development; issues ertaining to diversity; social justice and human rights; and working with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) communities.

This event will be held at the Crossroads Center Community Room and is free and open to the public.

Questions? Contact Deborah Wilson at 350-3215

Community Colloquium schedule is available at:

Saturday, 19 January, 2013

05:30 PM - 07:00 PM





Prescott College Crossroads Center South
215 Garden St.
Prescott, AZ 86301 US

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Debbi Wilson
Email: Phone: 928-350-3215
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