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Conference to Focus on Teaching Tolerance


Teaching tolerance will be the focus of an upcoming conference hosted by the Children FIRST Scholars program in Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service (GSS).

“Altering the Cycle: Teaching Tolerance” will be held on Friday, April 18 at the Fordham’s Marymount campus in Tarrytown, N.Y. (details below). It is intended for educators, child welfare and mental health professionals, psychologists, social workers, education and social work students, clergy and parents.

The goal of the daylong event is to encourage discourse and provoke ideas about how to stop prejudice and intolerance related to race, ethnicity, religion, gender and sexual orientation from passing from one generation to the next. Discussions and workshops will raise awareness about the transmission of biases learned within families and steps that can be taken to alter the cycle.

The keynote speaker is Rev. David Billings, the Pauline S. Falk Chair on Race, Community and Mental Health at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services in New York City. Billings is the core trainer and lead organizer for the New York office of The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond.

Altering the Cycle: Teaching Tolerance
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, April 18
Pepsico Auditorium, Rita Hall
Marymount Campus, Fordham University
100 Marymount Ave., Tarrytown, N.Y.

For more information about the conference, call Children FIRST at (914) 332-6020.

The Children FIRST Scholars program, part of the Children and Families Institute for Research, Support and Training at Fordham, provides financial aid and leadership development training to advanced master of social work students who have achieved academic excellence.


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