MACCA Summit 2018

Laying the Landscape for Strength in Diversity

Diversity is something that we all, in our professions, say that we embrace.  What does that really mean? And how do our clients know that we do? This is a two-session Summit. During the day, attendees will have the opportunity to examine themselves and what they bring to their work with others. They will also take a deeper dive into the realm of neurodiversity and how we can best work with that population.

Participants will:
  Explore various aspects of identity that are targeted and non-targeted
  Define and understand in greater depth key terms of diversity
  Explore and identify ways bias and language impact our work
  Learn how neurodiversity is defined
  Understand why and how employers are shifting to neurodiversity clients in ‘owning’ their neurodiverse condition & being empowered in the workplace

Morning Session 10am to 12noon
Diversity, Inclusion and Identity; A Bold Conversation:    Presenter - Chianti C. Blackmon, M.S.*

Does your career shape your identity or does your identity shape your career? How we view the world and perhaps the profession we choose, is influenced by how we identify. From Gender, Race/Ethnicity and Class, to other social identities or social organizations,these all impact our world view. This interactive dialogue will question identity from a theoretical lens and generate practical best practices for career professionals.Participants will explore ways to better utilize diversity, inclusion and identity to support clients in their career exploration, as well as create opportunities to reflect on their own power, privilege, and social identities and its impact on their personal work.

Afternoon Session: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Neurodiversity: from Liability to Asset in the Workplace:  Presenter - Nancy Forsythe, MA, EdS** 

Neurodiversity includes conditions such as autism (including NLD, PDD-NOS, Asperger’s syndrome), dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, learning style differences, ADHD and mental health issues. Increasingly employers are looking for neurodiversity to increase productivity and market share, and neurodiversity, once thought to be a liability, is being reengaged as an asset. How can you help clients take advantage of the shift from liability to asset? This workshop will prepare you for this challenge. We will examine the shift from the perspective of both clients and employers, and work through case studies to analyze and develop strategies that maximize the strengths of neurodiverse individuals.


*Chianti C. Blackmon, M.S. serves as the Director of the Office of Multicultural Student Services at Frederick Community College. She earned her Bachelors in interpersonal/public & business/organizational communication (U of Akron-OH) and Masters in clinical pastoral counseling (Loyola U-MD). She serves as Co-Chair of the Washington Regional Task Force-Against Campus Prejudice and serves as a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). She brings 10 years’ experience of Diversity and Inclusion workshop presentations and training facilitation for faculty, staff, students and the surrounding community.

**Nancy Forsythe, MA, EdS., is a Faculty Specialist in employment of people with disabilities at the University of Maryland. She currently works at the University Career Center supporting students in the career preparation, job search, and on-boarding processes. She also works closely with employers to improve their capacity to hire and retain people with disabilities. Nancy has a background in social science research and vocational rehabilitation. Much of her expertise in the field of disability comes from parenting a dynamic and successfully employed young adult with a developmental disability. Nancy holds a Masters in sociology (University of Binghamton-SUNY) and Ed Specialist in collaborative vocational evaluation & training (George Washington University).



Members: $150 / $135*

Non-Members: $195 / $175*

**Students: $95 / $85*

* Discount applies to registrants that pay in full by May 18

**Students must not be employed full-time and send proof of student status to

Refund Information & Cancellation Policy: 

There will be no refunds given for the MACCA Summit. Substitutions are welcome to replace a registrant with no additional costs. Please note that the hotel room reservation must be cancelled directly with the hotel according to their cancellation policy.

If there are sudden extenuating circumstances that are beyond a MACCA member’s control, that make it impossible for the member to attend the conference or to send someone in their place, a member can petition the MACCA President for a refund minus a $50 administration fee (please see the MACCA website for current President’s contact information). A letter or email explaining the circumstances should be sent to the president no later than two weeks after the summit. The president will then make a recommendation to the board for a vote.

MACCA Summit 2018 - Laying the Landscape for Strength in Diversity has been approved by NBCC for NBCC credit.  MACCA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.  NBCC Approval No. SP-3044



A room block has been established at the DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Lancaster.  Hurry! A limited number of rooms are available at $119 per night. Reservations can be made by calling (717) 464-2711 and requesting the MACCA (Middle Atlantic Career Counseling Association) rate.

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