Hi! I'll be there.
On Monday, April 18, 2016, Maricarmen Rodriguez <mari16@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
*First*, let me remind you that the next division meeting.. The date is
May 7, 2016 (Saturday) from 11 am to 1 pm at the Lawrenceville Public
Library (2751 Brunswick Pike, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648).
*Please, rsvp by 5/2/16 if you plan for the right number of refreshments
and copies. **NJCA assigns limited funds to cover for these expenses.*
*Second,* we have successful presentations at the White Privilege
Conference in Philadelphia on Friday 4/15/2016. There was some increased
turnout from the morning session to the afternoon session indicating the
significance given by the audience to the topic being
presented: counselors' imperative work with discrimination, oppression,
micro-aggressions, and privilege. The morning session showcased the work
done by community leaders in Princeton in conjunction with NJAMC past
president Roberto Schiraldi and the afternoon session was carried out by
our division and centered around the strategy of broaching and non-violent
communication strategies. Special thanks to Sherrita Hughes for her
collaboration during the afternoon session.
We also presented two workshops at the NJCA conference which were held
back to back on 5/15/2016 from 1:15 pm to 4:30 pm. Similarly to the
Philadelphia conference, the turnout was excellent for the first workshop
on micro-aggressions and even better for the 2nd workshop (topic of
broaching). According to the volunteer who monitored attendance for the
conference, our 2nd workshop was the one with the highest attendance at the
NJCA conference. *Once again, the high turnout demonstrates the
increasing demand and significance of these training topics for all
Congratulations to those members who had a vital role at the NJCA
workshops: Roberto Schiraldi, Inspira Joyce Williams, Sudha Natarajan,
Jacob Griffin and Aisha Jabbar. Special thanks to Aida Hernandez, Natasha
Brodzinski and Kathryn Nyce for their attendance and support. A few of my
former students attended these workshops which I was thrilled about.
In addition to all these activities, *I presented a workshop on Sunday
morning on counselors' self-care. To my surprise, NJCA president Randy
Clark showed up to this event for the last part of the session and offered
his full support for our Fall 2016 conference. * Finally, one topic
mentioned by Randy at the conference was the need for counselors to engage
in advocacy. I totally agree. Considering all my responsibilities with
NJAMC and my highly demanding full time job, I am looking for some
member(s) who would like to help with the NJAMC advocacy work for this
year. *Your support and collaboration are absolutely necessary in
advocating for NJAMC*.
*Third, *If you hear of any member who indicates that she/he is not
getting meeting reminders, tell them that they need to sign up for the
NJAMC list serv. * Nobody else can do this for them.* The same applies
for being removed from the list serv. For sign up instructions, email
P.S. We need a person to take notes at the May 7th meeting. Can I count on
someone to support Jennifer Chiaramonti who can't attend this meeting due
to a work conflict? Your help is much appreciated.
Enjoy this incredible weather!
Maria del Carmen Rodriguez
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