Keynote Sessions

Thursday Afternoon: Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment


2 - 3:30 P.M.

Join MCN as we dig into the concepts of diversity, equity, and inclusion through the lens of social change. Keynote speaker, Dr. Leticia Nieto, shares an overview of her Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment system for unpacking everyday incidents of oppression, from microaggressions to systemic and historical dynamics. With an energizing, and personal style, she shows how these tools can be used to assess incidents, plan interventions, and increase skills for change. Throughout, she draws on perspectives from human development and psychodrama theory, as well as narrative-based, and trauma-informed work.

Through the keynote presentation and the (optional) pre-conference workshop, Leticia explores the concepts of oppression and privilege, and shows us how to develop the skills that can promote social justice for ourselves, our organizations, and our communities.

Leticia Nieto, Psy.D., LMFT has been an active poet, dramatist, and performer since 1978. She has been a psychotherapist and trainer in anti-oppression and expressive techniques including psychodrama, playback theatre, and theatre of the oppressed since 1980. For her work in the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology Program at Saint Martin’s University, Nieto was named Outstanding Faculty of the Year in 2005. She is also a member of the faculty of the European School of Classical Psychodrama in Mexico, and loves to sing.

Learn more about Leticia’s approach for understanding oppression and compassion.

Friday Morning: Challenge to Change

9:30 - 10:45 A.M.

What is the change you are facing? How are you preparing to make it true? Each one of us - no matter our place of positional authority or privilege - faces a personal change imperative. What will it take to define your change? What’s the first step? Who are your allies and mentors? What are the challenges?

Join this session as we hear from Minnesota leaders who have faced a change with grace and conviction. And take time to share your own change story.

Presenter details will be announced soon.