Dr Hayley Marama Cavino and Michelle Kaluhyanuwes Schenandoah JD to co-keynote Monroe Community College Diversity Conference


Date: Friday, October 4, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
MCC’s Brighton Campus

Warshof Conference Center, R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center (Monroe A & B)


The conference will explore the sociohistorical and cultural factors that impact how trauma-informed care is practiced when taking into consideration issues of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, and other environmental factors. Trauma-informed care recognizes the pervasive nature of trauma and promotes environments of healing and recovery, rather than practices and services that may inadvertently re-traumatize. Speakers will address areas of trauma experienced by underserved populations and ways to avoid triggering or exacerbating symptoms. The conference will inform discussions about how college- and community-based services and learning environments can deliver holistic student supports.





Hayley Marama Cavino, Ph.D., is a fellow in Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies at The University of Waikato, where she teaches indigenous research methods to graduate students, and is an adjunct faculty member in Native American & Indigenous Studies at Syracuse University, where she teaches indigenous women’s lives. Hayley is of Māori (Tribes: Ngāti Whitikaupeka, Ngāti Pūkenga) and English descent. Previously a program evaluator and coordinator for over 20 years, she managed research and scholarly projects for various clients/funders, including federal and state agencies, not-for-profit foundations, and the New Zealand Ministry of Health. She has received numerous honors, including an Association of American Colleges & Universities’ Campus Dialogue Grant and the New Zealand Psychological Society James Ritchie Fellowship for Contributions to the Development of Bi-Cultural Research. Hayley has published in various forums, including the recently released, edited volume Decolonizing Research: Indigenous Storywork as Methodology. She holds a Ph.D. in cultural foundations of education from Syracuse University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in psychology from The University of Waikato.


Michelle D. Schenandoah, J.D., is co-founder of Indigenous Concepts Consulting to serve indigenous communities and incorporate indigenous perspective into the mainstream to raise a new consciousness in existing business paradigms and media. She is a member of the Oneida Indian Nation Wolf Clan of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Founder of Rematriation Magazine, Michelle is focused on community development and leadership for indigenous women and their communities. Her past professional experience includes serving as an economic and governance strategist for indigenous nations across the U.S. with Blue Stone Strategy Group, working in scholarship funding and product development for the American Indian College Fund, and providing capacity building and strategic development for Children of the Earth organization. Michelle holds Juris Doctor and Master of Laws degrees in taxation from New York Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.


Ronalyn “Ronnie” Pollack is executive director of the Native American Cultural Center in Rochester, NY, and an adjunct faculty member in the Health and Physical Education Department at Monroe Community College. Previously, she worked as a Forgiveness Coach, specifically with Native American clients in utilizing the healing power of forgiveness to transform lives while incorporating the seven-generations concept into her work. Her background also includes being a holistic health coach, with over 12 years of experience as a social worker in the early part of her career. Ronnie is a member of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, in Ontario, Canada. She is also the host of Two Canoes, a weekly talk radio program that discusses all things indigenous on WYSL 1040 AM and WYSL 92.1 FM.



Kathryn Castle, Ph.D., is an associate professor of psychiatry and director of Adult Ambulatory Services in the Psychiatry Department at University of Rochester Medical Center. She manages four adult outpatient behavioral health and wellness programs and serves as a clinical supervisor for trainees in the Adult Psychology Training program. In addition, she is assistant dean for Student Affairs at University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Dr. Castle completed her graduate training at DePaul University and her clinical/pediatric internship at Children’s Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University. She also completed a National Research Service Award fellowship with URMC’s Center for the Study and Prevention of Suicide. Her research focus was in the identification of risk and protective factors for depression and suicidal behavior in African-American adolescents and young adults. She examined the relationship between perceived discrimination/racism and depression and suicidal behavior.


Renée Coleman, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of psychology at Monroe Community College. Her teaching portfolio includes courses in the areas of introductory psychology, psychological disorders, developmental psychology, multicultural psychology, and the psychology of interpersonal relationships. Her interests include the impact of culture on interpersonal and intrapersonal processes. Her previous areas of research include health behaviors of adolescents, college students, and individuals from low-income populations. Dr. Coleman received her Ph.D. in counseling psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hampton University.  Prior to MCC, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at University of Rochester Medical Center, where she conducted community-based research and provided a variety of mental health services.


Derek Xavier Seward, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Counseling and Human Services Department at Syracuse University. He serves as the department chair and coordinator of the doctor of philosophy program in counseling and counselor education. His scholarly interests focus primarily on the multicultural and social justice development of mental health professionals, with a specific interest in professionals of color. He teaches graduate-level courses for students mainly in professional counseling degree programs. His courses include social and cultural dimensions of counseling, school counseling for college access and retention, and doctoral seminar in ecological counseling. Dr. Seward is a licensed mental health counselor in New York state, a national certified counselor, and an approved clinical supervisor.


Contact Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Calvin Gantt at diversity@monroecc.edu or (585) 292-2023. You can also share your comments on this event or topic on Twitter using the hashtag #MCCDiversity.

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