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ATTENTION: Registration for The Operation Nehemiah Service Project will close at 11:55pm on March 14, 2011. No further registrations will be accepted after that time. Registration will remain open for the Leadership Development Academy until 11:55pm on March 22, 2011. On-site registration WILL be available on the date of the event. You MAY register in person beginning at 1:00pm on March 24, 2011.

MARCH 24, 2011: ACA NEW ORLEANS GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY and LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY ~ To provide direct community services and foster leadership potential and professional development from a multicultural-social justice perspective.

Thursday, March 24, 2011 from 7:00 AM to 6:30 PM (CDT)

New Orleans, LA

MARCH 24, 2011: ACA NEW ORLEANS GIVING BACK TO THE...

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Registration will remain open for the Leadership Development Academy until 11:55pm on March 22, 2011. On-site registration WILL be available on the date of the event. You may register in person beginning at 1:00pm on March 24, 2011
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New Orleans Giving Back to the Community Service Projects

7:00 am (CST) to 1:00pm (CST)

All projects will be held in the surrounding New Orleans area and transportation  will be provided by ACA. All volunteers are required to meet in the Convention Center at 7:00 on Thursday March 24, 2011 for a brief orientation. Buses will begin boarding and leave promptly at 7:45.

Registration for The Operation Nehemiah Service Project will close at 11:55pm on March 14, 2011. No further registrations will be accepted after that time. 

 Operation Nehemiah- Historic Holt Cemetery Rebuilding Project

Volunteers will work to restore this historic and famous cemetery after its devastation from Hurricane Katrina. Activities will range from light ground work to some moderate lifting and moving debris, building coping for the grave sites, making crosses for the unmarked graves and many other projects  Many generations of “heroes and legends” are laid to rest at Holt and often the surviving family members are not capable of doing this work themselves. Volunteers should wear work clothes, boots, and work gloves and should also bring a light jacket or hat, as weather is often unpredictable. For more information on Operation Nehemiah and the Holt Cemetery please visit http://operationnehemiah.com

 

In addition to the projects  listed above, the following components/projects of the 2011 ACA-New Orleans Project  are also integral parts of the Giving Back to the Community/Multicultural-Social Justice Leadership Development Academy and will be held concurrently, but are not open for registration

  • Juvenile Detention Center Service Day - Change Begins with Me! Shattering the Myths and Sharing the Realities -March 24, 2011 AMCD and IAAOC counselors, leaders and students will provide a full day of training in critical cultural intentional counseling areas to the staff as well as identity development, career option development and planning for successful reentry for the adolescents of the Orleans Parish Youth Study Center.
  • Catholic Charities - March 24, 2011 This ACA Community Outreach  will include a 4 hour workshop for counselors working for Catholic Charities in New Orleans and will cover the topics of stress, burnout, compassion fatigue, wellness, and loving kindness meditation. The counselors of Catholic Charities serve a variety of needs including counseling clients with substance abuse issues, domestic violence, home based counseling and more. Speakers for the workshop include Dr. Mark Young, Dr. Lisa Jackson-Cherry and Dr. Bill Sterner.
  • Career Development/Train the Trainer - March 24, 2011 The National Career Development Association (NCDA) will partner with Catholic Charities and the Archdiocese of New Orleans to provide career development at: Incarnate Word Center (an Adult Education Center), Cafe Hope (provides at-risk youth job readiness skills and training), and a "Train the Trainer" workshop with various staff of Catholic Charities.

  • School Recovery Project - March 25, 2011 Dr. Cirecie West-Olatunji will facilitate an experiential training for school counselors in LA Recovery District Schools in New Orleans. The focus will be on fostering socio-political change, raising awareness about systemic forces that impact the lives of children, and interventions focused on client empowerment.


Social Justice Leadership Academy 2:00pm (CST) to 6:30pm (CST)

Earn 4.0 FREE CEU's 

On-line registration for the Leadership Development Academy will close at 11:55pm on March 22, 2011.  

On-site registration WILL be available on the date of the event. You may register in person beginning at 1:00pm on March 24, 2011.

All workshops will be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. These activities are aimed at building unity among counselors from diverse specialty areas and will address the impact that multicultural-social justice counseling and advocacy continue to have on various populations and the counseling profession in general. Particular attention is aimed at generating specific action strategies and counselors are encouraged to implement these when addressing issues related to multicultural and social justice issues locally, nationally, internationally, and in the American Counseling Association (ACA) in particular. ****Please register (above) for this event. 

Schedule of Events 

1:45 -2:00pm Registration (Note: Participants are required to register at the beginning of this event, and attend the entire event, in order to receive the 4 free CEU's) 

2:00 - 3:00pm Press Conference and Opening Plenary Session

3:10 - 4:10pm Special Workshop "What is multicultural-social justice leadership and why is it important for the counseling profession? Presenter: Dr. Thomas Parham

4:15 - 5:15pm Concurrent Evening Workshops (Note:  It is not necessary to register for individual workshops though they are provided here for your reference.)

Workshop #1: The challenges of supporting immigration issues from a social justice leadership and advocacy perspective.

Presenters:  Selma Yznaga, Edil Torres Rivera

Workshop #2: Conquering the barriers of economic injustice to promote healthy human development from a social justice leadership and advocacy perspective.

Presenters: Rebecca Toporek and Cyrus Ellis

Workshop #3: Promoting the health and well-being of children and adolescents from a social justice leadership and advocacy perspective.

Presenters: Kent Butler, Tonya Hammer, and Suzanne Mudge

Workshop #4: Innovations in counselor education - national and international social justice counseling training and service projects

Presenters: Rita Chi-Ying Chung, Fred Bemak, and Michael D’Andrea

Workshop #5: Fostering the mental health and empowerment of persons in marginalized groups through social justice leadership and advocacy.

Presenters: Kelley Kenney, Michael Chaney, and Jessica Barrett

Workshop #6: Leadership development strategies to address social justice issues in ACA

Presenters: Jane Goodman, Judy Lewis, Mark Pope

Workshop #7: Graduate student challenges: creative ways to address institutional barriers within universities

Presenters: Nicole Adamson, T.M. Mosley, Susannah Coaston

Workshop #8:  Balancing the Need for Critical Assessment While Respecting Other People’s 

Freedom of Speech: A Multicultural-Social Justice Perspective.

Presenters: Patricia Arredondo and Shannon Smith

5:20 - 6:30pm Closing Plenary

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Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70130

Thursday, March 24, 2011 from 7:00 AM to 6:30 PM (CDT)


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Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 12:36 PM

Special Announcement!!!

Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology - Spring 2011, volume 3, number 1

Special Issue on Social Justice Leadership Guest Editor: Carlos P. Zalaquett

Available at http://jsacp.tumblr.com/

In honor of the 2010 Multicultural-Social Justice Leadership Development Academy (MSJLDA) held in Pittsburgh, PA a special issue of the Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology has been published to share different co-constructed narratives about how to develop multicultural-social justice leadership.  Many presenters and participants were sought to submit articles intent on creating shared action strategies.  The goals for this Issue are to highlight the outcomes of conversations and learning during the 2010 MSJLDA, and serve as a foundation for future discussion and action strategies. 

Please take a moment and review this special journal issue and we will see each of you next week in New Orleans!!!

 

Friday, March 11, 2011 - 1:20 PM

ATTENTION: Registration for The Operation Nehemiah Service Project will close at 11:55pm on March 14, 2011. No further registrations will be accepted after that time. Registration will remain open for the Leadership Development Academy until 11:55pm on March 22, 2011. On-site registration WILL be available on the date of the event. You MAY register in person beginning at 1:00pm on March 24, 2011.

We look forward to seeing you soon in New Orleans!!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 10:04 AM

A link to the registration site is now available on the Conference page of the ACA website. You can click on the link then scroll down to see the information http://www.counseling.org/Convention/

Monday, February 7, 2011 - 11:41 AM

We are now on Facebook! Please visit our site for important updates and information leading up to this event!

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Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 1:33 PM

 

This event is FREE of charge and open to ALL persons who strive to foster leadership and professional development aimed at contributing to multicultural- social justice in all communities.

As a result of attending the Leadership Academy, attendees will:

1. Increase their understanding of what multicultural-social justice counseling Leadership is and how it is different from other types of leadership models

2. Learn about and contribute to the generation of strategies that can be employed to foster multicultural-social justice leadership among other allies in the counseling profession in general and in ACA on particular

3. Learn how to more effectively engage in collaboration with other professionals to develop action strategies that are intentionally designed to foster multicultural-social justice leadership and advocacy perspective.

Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 1:22 PM

 

Social Justice Leadership Academy: Fostering Multicultural-Social Justice Leadership Development and Unity through Collective Vision, Purpose, and Goals 

The  Social Justice Leadership Academy will provide an overview of our current understanding of multicultural-social justice leadership, outline characteristics manifested by multicultural-social justice leaders in the field and discuss ways of realizing similar leadership qualities in the future. This event will also join persons from diverse backgrounds and professions in a collaborative discussion to address questions and comments about the each person’s role as a multicultural-social justice leader. Particular attention is aimed at generating specific action strategies which can be implemented when addressing issues related to multicultural and social justice issues nationally, internationally, and in the American Counseling Association (ACA) in particular.

 

Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 1:09 PM

 

History and Importance of Holt Cemetery, New Orleans

The Holt cemetery is an extraordinary experience that all of our volunteers will never forget. Unlike other cemeteries in New Orleans where the dead are housed in above ground vaults, the remains of the deceased at Holt Cemetery are buried below ground.  The graves are often marked with simple markers, such as writing on bricks or pieces of wood. 

History: This “potter’s field” cemetery was established in 1879 as a place of interment for the city’s impoverished black citizens.  It is named after Dr. Joseph Holt who was a member of the New Orleans board of health and a former slave owner.  Dr. Holt used this land to bury his slaves and decided to donate the land to the city.  At that time there was a yellow fever epidemic and the first registered burial was of a one year old boy. 

Historic Music Greats: Perhaps one of the biggest attractions surrounding Holt Cemetery is the mystery that involves the location of its most famous burial.  Jazz pioneer, Buddy Bolden, has been credited by many as the individual being most responsible for jazz.  He is not alone. Jessie Hill, singer and song writer, is regarded as a pioneer in the modern Rhythm and Blues Babe Jewell Stovall, who created a finger-picking guitar technique used today…Jimmy Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Robin Trower are just a few who idolized him. 

Historic Buffalo Soldiers / Generational Cemetery: Perhaps our greatest appreciation is for the Buffalo Soldiers who are laid to rest at Holt Cemetery. On August 3, 1866, Gen. Phillip Sheridan, commander of the Military Division of the Gulf, was authorized to raise one regiment of “colored” cavalry that was to be designated the 9th Regiment.  Recruiting offices were established in New Orleans, Louisiana and Louisville, Kentucky where he majority of the original recruits came from and were veterans of the Civil War. Enlistment was for five years, with recruits receiving thirteen dollars a month, plus room, board, and clothing.  The 9th was ordered to Texas in June of 1867. They were charged with protecting the stage and mail routes, building and maintaining forts, and establishing law and order in a vast area full of outlaws, raiding Mexican revolutionaries and raiding Indians.  To compound their problems, they were subjected to harsh reprisals from the whites who felt that the 9th was sent there to humiliate them because of the outcome of the war.  These men would be considered the elite of the elite today. The name “Buffalo Soldier” came from the Plains Indians who considered these soldiers as mean and strong as a buffalo.  They lived up to that recognition throughout history until the Korean War. An unknown legend in their history is a female buffalo soldier named Cathay Williams, the first and only know woman in the military at that time. Cathay was born into slavery and after the Civil War broke out she was freed. She disguised herself as a man and joined. She served gallantly for two years. Cathay is buried in Holt Cemetery also. 

Holt Cemetery is a generational cemetery. Like a vault, the family members share the same space. One year and a day another person can be buried there. Many generations of “heroes and legends” are laid to rest at Holt. Throughout the years this cemetery has been neglected. The city only charges $450.00 for each plot and the family is responsible for the up keep.  Hurricane Katrina devastated the area with a 6 foot depth of water. Grave markers, boarders and debris where scattered everywhere. Operation Nehemiah has coordinated with thousands of volunteers and tens of thousands of man days rehabilitating the cemetery.  This is an act of love for the history and the surviving family members who are not capable of doing the work themselves.  We build coping for the grave sites, have groups making crosses for the unmarked graves and many other projects that must be accomplished.  

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