Conference Keynote Speakers

Thursday, Nov. 10th
Patricia Arredondo
"Expanding Opportunities to Become Culturally Competent in a Discordant World"

Dr. Patricia Arredondo has dedicated her career to advancing social justice, cultural competency development, and equity practices in organizations. She is past-president of the American Counseling Association and founding President of the National Latinx Psychological Association. She is co-author of the ground-breaking Multicultural Counseling Competencies and has extensive research addressing Immigrant and Latinx Mental Health. Her recent book is Women in STEM Professions: Thriving in the Chilly Climate.  Dr. Arredondo is president of the Arredondo Advisory Group, a culture-centered consulting organization addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy in different workplace settings.

Friday, Nov. 11th
Stacey Diane Arañez Litam
"Responding with Resilience: Creating Brave Spaces for Diverse Voices."
The keynote will provide an overview of how intergenerational trauma impacted her development and how the experiences of anti-Asian discrimination in 2020 empowered her to engage in the unlearning and self-reflection necessary to begin cultivating brave spaces where epistemically excluded voices could see themselves in academe, clinical work, and research. 

Dr. Stacey Diane Arañez Litam (she, her, hers) is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at Cleveland State University, a licensed professional clinical counselor, and clinical supervisor. Dr. Litam is a social justice advocate on topics related to human sexuality, sex trafficking, diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) concerns. She is an immigrant and identifies as a Chinese and Filipina American woman. Dr. Litam has facilitated over 100 presentations at the international, national, regional, and state level and she has published over 30 academic peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. She endorses a strong commitment toward issues of social justice, racial equity, and dismantling the forces of White supremacy that oppress all racialized groups.