Diversity Training Project

The Serving California’s Diversity Project provides training and technical assistance to service providers working with victims of crime throughout California in order to increase their ability to effectively serve underserved victims in three identified population groups: immigrant populations, people of color (POC) and people with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). In 2018,  Diversity Training Project hosted a Statewide Conference and two skilled-topic trainings. In 2019, the project will host trainings in 7 California locations: North Coast, North East, Greater Bay Area, Central, Sierra/Sacramento, Central Coast, and Far Southern. Each training will include presentations by experts in addition to panel discussions with representatives from local agencies to present best practices and services available for the region. The last skilled-topic training will take place in 2019 along with a webinar. 

2019 Trainings

Immigration, Mental Health and Relief for Survivors of Crime and Domestic Violence - Presented by Rachel Ray and Dr. Mariela Shibley

Professionals who come into contact with immigrants and undocumented individuals are well-positioned to help those individuals identify immigration options that may be available to them as survivors of crime and/or abuse. The goal of this workshop is to provide participants with a foundational knowledge of the immigration process and immigration relief for survivors, to provide participants with an overview of mental health issues commonly facing immigrants, and how best to provide culturally competent resources to those survivors while understanding the possibility of vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue. This information will be provided through lecture, visual aids, and experiential learning. 


Diversity California Regional Trainings - Strengthening Victims in Underserved Communities: Mitigating Implicit Biases, Healing and Justice in the Muslim American Community, and Providing Language Justice and Access

This interactive and self-reflective training is intended to increase cultural humility, broaden participant’s awareness of the presence and impact of implicit bias when working with victims in underserved communities, and equip them with tools to engage with clients in more open, respectful and empathetic ways. Additionally, the course will help service providers understand the unique challenges Muslim survivors face and discuss the intersections of gender based violence, Islamophobia and mental health. Finally, this training will address language justice and access in relation to victims of crime, who are LEP or non-English speaking. Participants will learn how to work with clients through interpreters and create inclusive multilingual spaces. 

Keynote Presentations: 

Strengthening Cultural Humility, Dismantling Implicit Bias - Presented by Sayida Peprah, PsyD

Roadblocks to Resiliency for Muslim Survivors of Sexual Violence: Understanding the Challenges & Opportunities for Survivor Healing in an Era of Islamophobia - Presented by Sahar Pirzada and Areeba Siddiqui

One Room, Many Voices: Planning for Cross Language Communication - Presented by Lena Moran

The Importance of Language in Expanding Services to All Victims - Presented by Ana Paula Noguez Mercardo and Cannon Han

Language is a crucial component of any agency's effort seeking to improve the life, safety, and well-being of all victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence. This training session aims to create awareness and provide information about the realities faced by victims and their communities who are considered Limited English proficient (LEP) or are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (D/HoH), their legal right to access the justice system and life-saving services, and their participation in their individual and collective healing. We will explore the language access landscape in California, highlight language access legal obligations for all recipients of federal funding, and offer variety of tools and resources to facilitate meaningful access and effective communication with victims from diverse linguistic communities, including setting up language access protocols and policies, working with interpreters and translators, offering trauma-informed language supportive services, and creating multilingual spaces.

2018 Trainings

DIVERSITY Statewide Conference - Reflect: Theory and Practice to Implement Change in Communities Affected by Trauma 

Keynote Presentations

Ripple Effects of Historical Trauma: Recognizing and Reversing its Impact on Immigrants and People of Color - Presented by Sayida Peprah, Psy.D

Journey to Liberation: The Relevance of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome - Presented by Gimel Rogers, Psy. D

‘Lost’ and ‘Found’ in Translation: Discovering Strategies to Effectively Communicate with Immigrant Survivors- Presented by Varsha N., JD

Culturally Inclusive Service Delivery for Victims of Color Presented by Taquelia Washington, LCSW

In striving to provide culturally inclusive services, it is crucial that helping professionals be willing to examine the cultural lenses through which they view the world. While this is important no matter the race/ethnicity of the person being served, it is particularly important when working with people of color due to the nuances of cultural trauma that this population experiences on a daily basis. Utilizing a transformational learning lens, the goal of this workshop is to provide participants with an experiential and safe environment in which to develop the foundation needed to provide culturally inclusive services. This will be done through introducing participants to a model designed to visually expand the way that one views themselves, others, and the systems in which they work. Multiple modalities will be used to teach this workshop including lecture, experiential exercises, and small group work.

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    Produced by the CATTA Center, a project of the Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc. with funding provided by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), Victim Services Branch.