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15th Annual Multicultural Research Symposium explores spirituality

Spirituality and research conference are words not often linked together, however those who attend New Mexico State University's multicultural research symposium will get a chance to explore how spirituality intersects with social action. The symposium will be held at 4:30 p.m. April 27 in O'Donnell Hall Room 104 on the NMSU campus.

Mary A. Fukuyama, counseling psychologist and professor at the University of Florida, courtesy photo

This will be the 15th year NMSU's department of counseling and educational psychology will hold a symposium that explores multicultural issues.

This year's keynote speaker is Mary A. Fukuyama, a counseling psychologist with 30 years experience at the University of Florida. Fukuyama is also a clinical professor and teaches a graduate course on spirituality and multicultural counseling for mental health professionals.

Fukuyama will address sources of spiritual grounding and identify personal and community resources that provide support for those working for social justice.

The symposium also offers a venue for doctoral students to present their research. Among this year's topics to be addressed by the students are ethnic identity among urban American Indian communities, Latina/o counseling psychology doctoral students' clinical experiences with White clients, counselor sexual orientation and client homophobia, and the experiences of and perceptions of "promotoras" or community health workers.

For more information about the symposium or the speakers please contact Eve Adams at 575-646-1142 or eadams@nmsu.edu.