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PCOM to Hold Annual Diversity Conference

April 18, 2017

The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) Department of Psychology and the student group Culturally Aware Psychology Students will host their eighth annual Diversity Conference on April 28-29.

Titled “Unapologetically Diverse, Positively Unique,” the conference will provide a forum for conversation and learning in an effort to address key issues of diversity, immigration, inclusion and cultural competency. Workshops will focus on topics including working with diverse immigrant communities, how schools can support youth in the sexual minority, social justice, racial healing and equitable practice.

The keynote speaker, Ayo Maria Casey-Gooden, PhD, specializes in African Centered/Black Psychology and is board-certified by the Association of Black Psychologists. Her lecture, titled, “Interacting Effectively with Melanics,” will take place on April 28 at 6:30 pm. (“Melanics” is a term used by Casey-Gooden to refer to people of color.)

Additionally, Saturday’s opening session with Krishma C.P. Mastroianni, Esq., a supervisory attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review, will highlight issues of immigration in the United States with heightened anxieties and past traumas faced my many immigrants.

The event will take place on PCOM’s campus at 4170 City Ave., in the Ginsburg Auditorium of Evans Hall. The conference is free and open to the public; however, advance registration is required. 

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About Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has trained thousands of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms. PCOM offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, forensic medicine, mental health counseling, organizational development and leadership, physician assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration. Our students learn the importance of health promotion, research, education and service to the community. Through its community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care to medically underserved populations in inner city and rural locations. For more information, visit

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Daniel McCunney
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