Helen A. Neville Multicultural Speaker Series

The Coalition organizes and promotes outreach activities to interface with the Columbia community. Among the most successful events of the Coalition has been the Helen A. Neville Multicultural Lecture Series named in recognition of the many and varied outstanding multicultural contributions to the Coalition, MU, and Columbia community. The invited speaker is a nationally recognized multicultural expert who not only provides a multicultural lecture for the Columbia public schools, MU, and Columbia community, but also interacts with MU students, faculty, and administrators in a wide range of professional and social contexts. In the past 11 years we have invited Dr. Rosie Bingham, Dr. Manuel Casas, Dr. Robert L. Williams, Dr. Derald Wing Sue, Dr. Helen A. Neville, Dr. James Croteau, Dr. William Liu, Dr. Melba J. T. Vasquez, Dr. Nadya Fouad, Dr. Patricia Arredondo, and Dr. Joseph White. The titles of the multicultural speeches delivered in the Columbia Public Schools are listed below. To check out the audio or video tapes of the talks, please contact the CCC.

Helen A. Neville Multicultural Lecture Speakers:

Dr. Rosie Bingham

2000
Dr. Rosie Bingham

Dr. Manuel Casas

2001
Dr. Manuel Casas

Dr. Robert L. Williams

2002
Dr. Robert L. Williams

Dr. Derald Wing Sue

2003
Dr. Derald Wing Sue

Dr. Helen A. Neville

2005
Dr. Helen A. Neville

Dr. James Croteau

2006
Dr. James Croteau

Dr. William Liu

2007
Dr. William Liu

Dr. Melba J. T. Vasquez

2008
Dr. Melba J. T. Vasquez

Dr. Nadya Fouad

2009
Dr. Nadya Fouad

Dr. Patricia Arredondo

2010
Dr. Patricia Arredondo

Dr. Joseph White

2011
Dr. Joseph White

Lecture topics list:

Year Speaker Topic
2000 Dr. Rosie Bingham *) Fostering Career Development of Racial and Ethnic Minority Students
2001 Dr. Manuel Casas *) Strategies to Promote Academic Retention of Racial and Ethnic Minority Students in the Public Schools
2002 Dr. Robert L. Williams *) Strategies to Promote Academic Retention of Racial and Ethnic Minority Students in the Public Schools
2003 Dr. Derald Wing Sue *) Multicultural Organizational Competencies: Assessing Our Public Schools
2005 Dr. Helen A. Neville *) Race in the Schools: An Examination of Color-Blind and Color-Conscious Practices
2006 Dr. James Croteau *) Journeys of Pride and Pain: Key Development Issues for LGB Youth and Their Educators.
2007 Dr. William Liu 1) Understanding and Developing Social Class and Classism in the Classroom2) Advances in Social Class Theory and Measurement
2008 Dr. Melba J. T. Vasquez 1) Ethical Considerations in A Multicultural World2) Burn Out Prevention for Mental Health Professionals
2009 Dr. Nadya Fouad *) Advocacy and Multicultural Counseling Competencies for Psychologists
2010 Dr. Patricia Arredondo 1) Latina/os and the Future of Higher Education in the U.S.2) Immigrant Transitions and Developmental Issues: Family, Economic, Psychological and Physical Health Implications
2011 Dr. Joseph White 1) Enhancing Educational Achievement with Black Males2) Key Psychological Themes in African American Psychology and Mental Health

Benefits of the Series

The Helen A. Neville Lecture Series has a profound impact on the MU campus and Columbia community by increasing knowledge in current multicultural issues in society and education.  Individuals that are a part of this series walk away with a greater understanding and appreciation in bringing awareness to multicultural and individual differences.  Each individual would then be able to share and apply this knowledge in their respective disciplines making for a greater common cause.  This cause would spread locally, nationally, and globally.  Just read what students, faculty, administrators, and community members have to say…

Dr. Fouad presenting

Dr. Fouad presenting

Dr. Heppner introducing Dr. Fouad

Dr. Heppner introducing Dr. Fouad

Audience of one of Dr. Fouad's lectures

Audience of one of Dr. Fouad’s lectures

Dr. Fouad interacting with students during social hours

Dr. Fouad interacting with students during social hours

In fall 2009, Dr. Fouad reached 242 MU faculty, staff, and students who serve as educators, mental health providers or community members. The feedback we have received suggests that Dr. Fouad made a substantial impact on the individuals she interacted with during her visit.

A student said “It was my first of a kind attendance at such a talk and I am leaving with a whole bunch of new ideas and knowledge about multiculturalism.”

In addition, Dr. David Wallace, director of the MU Counseling Center stated, “Dr. Fouad is a major driving force in our field. It is my hope that we continue to be exposed to high caliber presenters.

Dr. Joseph White with students during social hours (Oct. 2011)

Dr. Joseph White with students during social hours (Oct. 2011)

In fall 2011, Dr. White reached 230 MU faculty, staff, and students who serve as educators, mental health providers or community members. Here are some feedback we received:

“You have to know the cultural environment that your students live in and attune your teaching to it in order to teach most effectively.”

“Like he said in the presentation, we don’t have a lot of chance to see a black male professional. Just seeing him, a very intelligent and competent speaker, is very inspiring to me.”

“To always know that others see through a different lens. This is where communication and understanding need to be the priority”

To check out the audio or video tapes of the talks, please contact the CCC.