Annual Racial and Ethnic Fairness Conference in Sioux Falls August 24

A Comprehensive Training on Culture Competency within the Juvenile Justice System

LSS announces the upcoming Racial and Ethnic Fairness Conference on Thursday, August 24, 2017. Along with LSS, the event is being co-sponsored by the South Dakota Humanities Council, Sioux Falls School District, Compassionate Sioux Falls, Augustana University and Minnehaha County. This is a free conference which is open to the public and seeks to provide cultural competency training to professionals within the juvenile justice system. Presentations discuss ways the community can better serve youth of color in the juvenile justice system. The conference will take place at the Kresge Recital Hall on the Augustana University campus from 8 am - 4 pm.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Martin Brokenleg. Along with being known as a critically acclaimed speaker and trainer at the International level, he also taught at Augustana for thirty years. Dr. Brokenleg will discuss intergenerational trauma among contemporary Native American people and what can be done about it. The other presentations on the agenda bring a variant of topics they include: Who is in the Mirror? Why we do, say, and think the way we do by Taneeza Islam & Mark Blackburn, Results Based Leadership: A Data Drive Approach to Addressing Disparities by Rebecca Kiesow-Knudsen & Sheila Weber, and Trauma-Informed Schools by Dr. Celeste Uthe-Burow and Traci Jensen.

For more information please contact Annie Brokenleg, Family-Based Diversion Officer, LSS Counseling Services,, 605-251-6760.

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