Please join us for our 29th Annual Conference

Monday, June 21, 2021

9:30 - 5:30 EST

Staying Woke and Staying Well: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in Social Work Career Development

Deadline to register is Saturday, June 19

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The CCDSWE Annual Business Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 22 from 10:00-11:30 EST. More details will be shared with registrants via email and during the conference.

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Featured Speakers

Deepa Iyer, Social Change Ecosystem

Deepa Iyer is a South Asian American writer, lawyer, and activist. She is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Building Movement Project where she creates resources and facilitates workshops on social change and solidarity practice. She is the former director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) and the author of We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape a Multiracial Future. Learn more about Deepa's work at her website.

Donna Harris, Intercultural Communication Skills

Donna J Harris, LCSW is the Clinical Director of Intercultural Counselling, LLC, located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. For over 30 years she has empowered clients to succeed in their personal and professional relationships. In her private practice, she uses a trauma-focused, relational psychodynamic lens in her work with individuals, couples and groups. She also supervises social workers and counselors. Donna has enjoyed teaching at the graduate level for the past 20 years.

Currently, Donna is part of the clinical faculty at Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research. In recent years, she has broadened her reach through training professionals and educators in Intercultural Communication skills to help effectively navigate dialogues related to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, gender identity and expression. As social workers, we are ethically bound to practice cultural humility, but our work rarely goes beyond awareness of differences. Donna’s mission is to push us just beyond our comfort zone in order to have deeper relationships.

Dr. Tierney Bates, The Future of Work: The Career Shift with a Conscious of Inclusion

Dr. Tierney J. Bates has established himself as a focused leader, speaker, fundraiser, networker, career coach and voice on diversity, equity, inclusion, and GENERATION NOW! He has given over 120 keynote talks, presentations, and workshops. With over 20 years in higher education, he has progressed from entry level to senior level administration providing leadership, vision, and responsibility for strategic initiatives and solutions in student services, diversity and inclusion, career services/workforce development, recruitment, and fundraising. He is the 2021 NACE Mackes Leadership Award winner.

He is currently at UNC Chapel Hill as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Special Projects & Interim Executive Director and has served in leadership roles at Virginia Union University, North Carolina Central University, University of Louisville, University of Tennessee, and Bowling Green State University.

He is also the founder and Chief Engagement Officer of The Bates Group LLc that is a premier boutique consulting and education agency, specializing in working with higher education, corporate industry, and nonprofits, the areas of focus include: Career Coaching, DEI Strategy and plans, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion Training & Workshops, Diverse Talent Searches, Speakers Bureau, Fundraising Consulting for Identity-Based & Diversity fundraising needs. We have worked with companies and organizations on workshops and trainings. Those organizations include Academic Impressions, KeyBank, Kauffman Scholars, Leadership Knoxville, Scripps Network, Target, Enterprise Rentals, North Carolina Department of Administration, the University of Connecticut, NACE, Purdue University, Temple University, Hampden-Sydney College and Florida Memorial University to name a few.

Dr. Bates is from Cleveland, Ohio and received his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media Communications with a minor in African-American History from the University of Akron, his Master of Arts in Higher -Education Administration from the University of Akron, and his MBA from Bryan College, and a Doctorate degree from Spalding University. Dr. Bates is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), Southern Association of College Student Affairs (SACSA), National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) 100 Black Men of Triangle East and a Prince Hall Mason. Learn more about Dr. Bates’ work here.

Dr. Janet Shapiro, Planning for Professional Sustainability: The Role of Trauma Stewardship

Janet Shapiro, MA, MSW, PhD is Dean and Professor at the GSSWSR, and the Co-Director of the Center for Child and Family Wellbeing. Her research interests focus on the translation of developmental research to applied issues of practice relevant to indicators of child and family wellbeing. Most recently, she is co-authoring the 2nd edition of "Neurobiology for Clinical Social Work: Theory and Practice". Learn more about Dr. Shapiro's work and research interests here. 

Mindfulness Sessions

Gabrielle Gary, Session 1

Gabrielle Gary is the Associate Director of Affinity Programs at Bryn Mawr College in the Alumnae/i Relations and Development Office. In this role she manages the alumnae/i affinity community, which includes identity and interest-based groups. In addition to her work with alumnae/i, Gabrielle also is a member of internal Alumnae/i Relations and Development Equity and Inclusion steering committee.

Gabrielle is an active volunteer. She currently serves on the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice Nonprofit Leadership Alumni Association.

Gabrielle earned her undergraduate degree from Boston College and her Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. A lifelong learner, Gabrielle also holds an associate’s degree in culinary arts and is a certified yoga instructor.

Shesheena A. Bray, Session 2

Mother, therapist, activist, educator. Shesheena A. Bray is a Boston native who has taken up roots in Philadelphia. Shesheena came to Philadelphia to attend Temple University and fell in love with the rich culture of the city. In service to her new home, Shesheena dedicated over a decade to deepening her understanding of her community’s needs as an educator and social justice grassroots advocate. In 2014, Shesheena realized her service to Black and Brown communities was best actualized through her passion, mental and emotional wellness. Honing her focus and training, Shesheena earned her M.S.Ed in mental health counseling from The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education in 2016. In 2017, Shesheena launched Going Inward Wellness, LLC. Through Going Inward Wellness, LLC Shesheena sees individuals and couples for psychotherapy; hosts wellness workshops for global majority women; teaches mindfulness to youth and adults; and offers professional wellness development to business and organizations.

Shesheena currently serves as the lead clinician in the Life after Trauma Organization (LATO) and a mindfulness instructor for What is Mindfulness (WIM). You can join Shesheena in the community at her weekly virtual meditation space, The 720 Meditation.

9:30 - 9:45

Optional Meet and Greet

9:45 - 10:00

Welcome and Opening Remarks, Dr. Joretha Bourjolly

10:00 - 10:15

Orientation to Conference

10:15 - 11:30

Session 1: Deepa Iyer, Social Change Ecosystem

11:30 - 11:45

Mini-mindfulness Session 1, Gabrielle Gary

11:45 - 1:00

Lunch Break and Optional Networking Session

1:00 - 2:30

Session 2: Donna Harris, Intercultural Communication Skills

2:30 - 2:45


2:45 - 3:45

Session 3: Dr. Tierney Bates,  The Future of Work: The Career Shift with a Conscious of Inclusion

3:45 - 4:00

Mini-mindfulness Session 2, Shesheena Bray

4:00 - 5:00

Session 4: Dr. Janet Shapiro, Planning for Professional Sustainability: The Role of Trauma Stewardship

5:00 - 5:15

Closing Remarks

The CCDSWE Annual Business Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 22 from 10:00-11:30 EST. More details will be shared with registrants via email and during the conference.

Registration and CEU Details

Deadline to register is Saturday, June 19


  • Current member registration: $50.00
  • Guest (non-member) registration: $150.00
  • Not a member? Join or renew today to save on your conference registration!

  • Scholarship funds may be available for those experiencing financial hardship. Please contact Michelle Woods, Treasurer, at micwoods@umich.edu

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You can receive up to 4.5 Social Work, LPC, or LMFT CEUs if you attend all featured presentations and complete all evaluation forms. The cost to process 4.5 CEUs is $25. Please see below for more details.

    • Session 1, Deepa Iyer, Social Change Ecosystem, 10:15-11:30, 1 CEU
    • Session 2, Donna Harris, Intercultural Communication Skills, 1:00-2:30, 1.5 CEUs
    • Session 3, Tierney Bates, The Future of Work: The Career Shift with a Conscious of Inclusion
    • Session 4, Janet Shapiro, Planning for Professional Sustainability: The Role of Trauma Stewardship

Programs listed are provided in accordance with the criteria and standards of the Texas Board of Social Work Examiners, and have been approved for Texas Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. Please note that 1 hour = 1 CEU. Complaints about this program may be made to TSBSWE, 333 Guadalupe St. Tower 3, room 900, Austin, TX 78701 or Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners: https://www.bhec.texas.gov/texas-state-board-of-social-worker-examiners/index.html Participants can receive up to 4.5 Social Work, LPC or LMFT CEUs for conference attendance. A total of 4.5 CEUs can be earned if all sessions are attended. If licensed for other professions or states, check with your licensing agency for reciprocity and/or approval.

If you're interested in obtaining CEUs, please indicate your interest on your registration form or email Sarah at sslates@brynmawr.edu for further instructions.

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