Social work conference focuses on racial issues

Social work conference focuses on racial issues

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The social work program at Arkansas State University held its annual spring conference Wednesday.

This year's theme was "Rethinking Cultural Competency: Beyond Race."

Dr. Evi Taylor, assistant professor at Arkansas State, said she wanted people to walk away with insight into other cultures which is important for social workers who work with a diverse group of people.

"It is just something that is really needed, there are a lot of racial issues going on in our society today and we just thought that was something that would be helpful," Taylor said. "We are always going to work with people who are different than us, we live in a diverse population and very diverse world."

The conference kicked off with keynote speaker Adjoa Aiyetoro and concluded with speaker Matthew Knight.

Between the speeches, participants broke into small groups to discuss topics like cultural competence, the LGBT community, abuse and trauma, religion and spirituality, problematic sexual behavior, substance abuse, suicide among veterans and more.

Taylor said the turnout this year was great and she saw participants gaining a lot from the event.

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