MASC panel event was a success

Under the collaborative leadership of two graduate students, the Multicultural Speaker Panel Event was held on Friday, May 13 in the John and Ruth Huss auditorium at Hazelden in St. Paul and provided an inspiring evening of thoughtful dialogue and new insights.

Third-semester students Amanda Schuman and Brady Pieper worked for nearly two semesters to coordinate the logistics for this event.

The event was hosted by MASC (Multicultural Association of Student Counselors), the Graduate School student group dedicated to ensuring multicultural competence among counselors. Attendees included students and staff members from the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies, representatives from Metropolitan State University and staff from surrounding Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation locations.

"This was a tremendous outreach opportunity for our group," said Dr. Brenda Frye, Graduate School professor and the adviser for MASC. "The event inspired and educated the attendees on topics of cultural clinical competence. On behalf of MASC, thank you to everyone who helped to make this event a great success."

Featured speakers for the event included Akeya Bolden, MA, LADC, manager of Chemical Health Programs at 180 Degrees; Molly Gilbert, M.Ed., director of Business Development at PRIDE Institute; Kasia Heurth, MSW, Youth Program coordinator, and Paul Kong, MA, Chemical Health Program coordinator, both from Hmong American Partnership; and Ted Tessier, MA, LMFT, LADC, mental health professional at Hazelden in St. Paul and adjunct professor at Metropolitan State University.

"The speakers all shared very valuable information about what it means to work clinically with the respective cultural group they represent," said Brenda. "They were passionate and knowledgeable, and the event was well received by all the attendees."

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