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Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Culture

What the Election Means for Race Relations in America

Saturday, February 11, 2017, 9:30AM-5PM

9-9:30AM Check-in

Featured Presenter:

Clarence Lusane, PhD

Registration Fees and CE/CME credit hours:

Regular $195
Current WSP Members $135
Current WSP Students $75
General Admission (no CE credits) $75
Other students please contact the administrative office.

Box lunches will be provided.

6 Credit hours

At the Washington School of Psychiatry, 5028 Wisconsin Ave NW #400, Washington DC 20016.

One of the key lessons we have learned from U.S. history is not that racism disappears or diminishes, but rather that it transforms, according to Clarence Lusane, PhD, Chairperson of the Howard University Department of Political Science.  

Dr. Lusane will be the keynote speaker February 11, 2017 when the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Culture of the Washington School of Psychiatry presents the second in its series of conferences entitled, “Conversations about Race, Ethnicity and Culture.” 

Dr. Lusane’s presentation, “What the Election Means for Race Relations in America,” will explore his idea that the U.S. has moved through three stages of racism and now manifests a fourth stage, distinct from the previous stages in important ways.  He will trace the evolution and manifestation of racism not just in U.S. periods of slavery and post-slavery Jim Crow, but also through the Civil Rights Era into the present with the re-emergence of white nationalism.  His presentation will not only hold our political parties to the light, but will also elucidate the less visible institutional, systemic and structural aspects of racism from which even the most well-meaning white people benefit. Dr. Lusane will analyze the 2016 presidential election, the electorate that Donald Trump used to become president-elect, and Trump’s policies, appointments and advisors to enumerate the features of Stage Four Racism.

Four faculty members from the Washington School of Psychiatry will follow Dr. Lusane’s keynote.  Marcario Giraldo, PhD, Reginald Nettles, PhD, Cherian Verghese, PhD and Nancy Reder, MSW will reflect upon the subtle and not so subtle ways racism manifests in therapy and highlight some of the theories and approaches they have used to address it.

The Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Culture has previously presented the following conferences and events:  Conversations About Psychotherapy & Race:  Hearing the Voices of Others, featuring Dr. Janice Berry Edward’s  paper  Cultural Intelligence for Clinical Social Work Practice and a showing of the Basia Winogra/ IPTR documentary, Black Psychoanalysts Speak; a movie and discussion program featuring the documentary Resolved; sponsorship of Dr. Mark Nemiroff’s, book signing and talk about his cross-cultural work in India; and sponsorship of Ethics Risk Management: An Intersectional View f LGBT Mental Health with Richard Ruth, PhD.


9-930 Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:30-9:45 Introductions - Lenore Shapiro, Executive Director, WSP
       Welcome - Reginald Nettles, PhD, Chair, Center for the Study of Race Ethnicity and Culture, WSP
     Introduction of CSREC and its steering committee
     Introduction of Clarence Lusane, PhD

9:45 to 10:30 Keynote Presentation, Clarence Lusane, PhD, Chairperson, Political Science Department, Howard University

10:30 – 11 Q&A with Professor Lusane, PhD
Facilitators:   Ayana Watkins-Northern, PhD & Michael J. Stiers, PhD

11-11:15 Break

11:15-12:15 Small Group Discussions

12:15-1:30 Box Lunch

1:30-1:40 Introduction of Panelists by Michael J. Stiers, PhD

1:40 to 3:00 Clinical Panel Presentations
            Macario Giraldo, PhD
            Reginald Nettles, PhD
            Nancy Reder, MSW
            Cherian Verghese, PhD

Break 3-3:15

3:15-4 Small Group Discussion

4:05- 5 Plenary Discussion & Closing Remarks by Professor Lusane, PhD
    Facilitators: Ayana Watkins-Northern, PhD & Michael J. Stiers, PhD

  Closing Remarks - Professor Lusane, PhD



We have reached our capacity for this event. Please call if you would like to be on the wait list.


Cancellations and Refunds

Refunds will be made for cancellations received at the School office in writing at least 10 days before the seminar date and are subject to a non-refundable administrative fee of $50.

Who should attend?

The workshop is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, physicians, medical students, and other graduate students.


The Washington School of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Washington School of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The School is approved by the Social Work Board of the State of Maryland as a provider of continuing education for social workers in DC, MD, VA and WV.

The Washington School of Psychiatry has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6388. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Washington School of Psychiatry is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

The School is accredited by MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School designates each session for a maximum of _ of AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Commercial Support and the Unlabeled use of a commercial product. No member of the planning committee and no member of the faculty for this event have a financial interest or other relationship with any commercial product.