PULLMAN, Wash. — A multicultural roundtable for counseling professionals at eastern
Washington and northern Idaho colleges is set for Aug. 7 at Washington State University.
Sponsored by the Washington Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, the
event will run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. in Lighty Student Services Building, Room 405. Registration is
According to roundtable coordinators Lucila Loera and Lonnie Dunlap of WSU Career
Services, the event will be a collaboration of professionals addressing the challenges of
integrating diversity and multicultural issues on college campuses.
College representatives who work on multicultural initiatives to tackle key issues and share
‘best practices’ will take part, said Dunlap, WSU assistant director for career development.
The program includes “Implications of Ethnic Identity Development for Students,” led by
Patricia Aqui, WSU Human Relations & Educational Services assistant director. The session will
deal with “counseling needs for all students to have a positive experience as racial beings,”
according to roundtable program material.
Leading “Racism Reduction” will be Esther Louie, Whitworth College assistant dean of
students; Dona Walker, University of Idaho director of multicultural affairs; and Bob Bartlett,
Gonzaga University director of cultural affairs. The session, said program material, will allow
“sharing knowledge and effective strategies to reduce racism on college campuses and in
The “Advocating for Multicultural Counseling” session will be led by the president of the
American Multicultural Counseling and Development Association, Bernal Baca of Yakima Valley
Community College. It will be an “honest discussion about the implications of multicultural
counseling,” said program material.
For additional information on the roundtable, contact Loera or Dunlap, WSU Career
Services, 509/335-2546.