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Diversity Presentations

The PCOM community has offered numerous presentations on diversity/multicultural topics via the Culturally Aware Psychology Students (CAPS)/Psychology Department Annual Diversity Conference or other forums such as noted below.

Understanding Hate Crimes: From 9066 to 9/11
November 16, 2011
Presented by Cliff Akiyama, MA, MPH, CGS, CGP and the PCOM Diversity Committee

It has been 29 years since the tragic death of Vincent Chin, a 27 year old Chinese American man, who was brutally beaten to death in Detroit, Michigan on June 19, 1982. Although the crime was racially motivated, it was not recognized as a hate crime and Vincent Chin's murderers were only sentenced to three years probation and a monetary fine of $3,000.

Unfortunately, hate crimes and bias incidents are still occurring in our communities today. In 2009 there were 6,604 total hate crime incidents reported to the FBI nationwide. Hate crimes are often described as acts that affect not just the individual targeted, but the entire community to which the individual belongs.

The purpose of this presentation is to educate the participants not only on the statistics of hate crimes, but what specifically is a hate crime and bias incident. Furthermore, we will learn what sets hate crimes apart from other violent crimes, while exploring different types of hate groups and their motivations. Most importantly, this presentation will provide resources and steps to take if one has become a victim or witnesses of a hate crime or bias incident on a college campus, hospital, or in the community.

The Role of Religion & Spirituality in Physical & Mental Health
May 6-7, 2010
Visiting Scholar: Dr. Thomas Dowd

During his two-day visit to PCOM, Dr. Dowd lectured on the following topics:

  • Gratitude, Happiness, Forgiveness and Reconciliation
  • The Implications of Tacit Knowledge Structures on Religious-oriented Therapy
  • Religion for Psychotherapists: the Psychologies in Religion Versus the Psychology of Religion (based on the first chapter of Dr. Dowd’s book, The psychologies in religion: Working with the religious client)
  • Hope and Religion
  • The Effects of Disclosure in Therapy (based on the work of James Pennebaker)

Dr. Dowd also offered several open sessions for drop-in discussions with faculty and students to discuss practice and/or research in using religion and spirituality concepts in their work.  In addition, he met with CAPS faculty advisors to discuss incorporating faith issues into departmental diversity initiatives and with CAPS student participants to discuss religious diversity issues on campus.

If you would like more information or have suggestions for additional topics, please contact:

Douglas J. Koch
Academic Development Coordinator
Office of Academic Affairs
(215) 871-6426

Last Updated: 12/12/14