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

This is a FREE training event. 


Chico, CA (October 15, 2019) 

Start: 8:30 am
End:  4:00 pm

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Course Overview 

Join us for a full day of training, discussion, and networking on how to best serve immigrant populations, people of color, and those with limited English proficiency. This training will be organized in three sessions followed by a closing session presented by a regional host agency. 

Strengthening Cultural Humility, Dismantling Implicit Bias

Presented by Sayida Peprah, PsyD

Studies have identified implicit racial/ethnic/gender/religious/lifestyle bias among providers as a potential contributor to disparities in the outcome of marginalized and minority communities. Mitigating implicit bias among providers has been identified as a strategy to improve client/patient-provider communication and service/treatment decisions, contributing to improved quality of care. This interactive and self-reflective training is intended to increase cultural humility, broaden participant’s awareness of their implicit bias (subtle, unconscious assumptions about others) and equip them with tools to engage with clients in more open, respectful and empathetic ways. 

Roadblocks to Resiliency for Muslim Survivors of Sexual Violence: Understanding the Challenges & Opportunities for Survivor Healing in an Era of Islamophobia

Presented by Areeba Siddiqui

This workshop will help service providers understand the unique challenges Muslim survivors face. The intersections of gender based violence, Islamophobia and mental health will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to explore and share best practices for working collaboratively and more effectively with Muslim communities as a way to enhance service provision. 

One Room, Many Voices: Planning for Cross Language Communication

Presented by Lena Moran

This workshop is intended for professionals working with 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 where victims feel connected, respected and valued and able to express themselves in the language they are most comfortable speaking. 

By the end of this training, participants will be able to:

  •  Define implicit/unconscious bias

  •  Identify the impact of implicit/unconscious bias in the workplace

  •  Identify and use strategies for dismantling and/or reducing implicit/unconscious bias

  •  Participants will have a greater landscape of the American Muslim 

  •  Participants will have a greater understanding of the unique challenges facing Muslim survivors, especially with respect to reporting

  • Participants will learn tips and strategies on how to offer more culturally relevant resources, information, and services to Muslim survivors

  • To identify language access as a critical part of inclusive and effective organizations and institutions for providers working with victims of crime

  • To discuss best practices for working with LEP or monolingual clients who are seeking services from providers

  • To develop action plans to create linguistically accessible organizations and/or meetings/intakes/client appointments for victims of crime


Dr. Sayida Peprah earned her Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Religious Studies from Spelman College, and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a Multicultural Specialization, from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University.  Dr. Sayida’s study and work strongly emphasize multicultural awareness and in an effort to further this, she has participated in international cultural immersion studies. Previously, she has traveled to Ghana, Mexico, Egypt and India, studying mental health approaches, indigenous culture and local spiritual traditions.    

Dr. Sayida has a multi-faced career as a clinician, educator and consultant.  In addition to her work as a psychologist, she is an Associate Professor of Psychology for the University of Phoenix.  Dr. Sayida is the founder of the non-profit organization Diversity Uplifts, Inc., through which she regularly offers cultural competency, mental health and maternal mental health trainings and workshops throughout the US.  In 2014, she was a featured speaker at the United Nations 65th NGO Conference on the topic of Mental Illness, An Invisible Disability.

Areeba Siddiqui, HEART Trainer, is a Pakistani Muslim woman born and raised in Sacramento, CA. As an active member of her community, she continuously takes initiative to address the unique needs in her community. In 2015 Areeba co-founded Amala Hopeline. Amala Hopeline is a confidential, culturally competent, accessible means for Muslim youth to reach out for help around unique challenges they face. Areeba continues to manage the Hopeline while completing her MSW program at California State University, Northridge. As one of the few Muslim social workers in her community, she independently offers workshops on a variety of topics from nutrition and wellness to self care, mental health, domestic violence and sexual assault. Following her passion to offer education on important topics to the Muslim community, Areeba became a trainer for HEART in 2017, offering workshops on sexual violence within Muslim communities. 

Lena Moran is a native of Mexico City, Mexico and was raised in Santa Barbara, California where she moved to at the age of six. Lena earned a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies from Antioch University Santa Barbara, where she did research on the topic of children who are used as interpreters. Lena completed her Master's Degree in Education with an emphasis on Social Justice and Leadership, also at Antioch, with her thesis focusing on the creation of an evaluation system of interpretation and translation services in school districts. Lena is also a graduate of the Antioch University Women & Leadership certificate program, where her experiential leadership project focused on increasing language access across the Central Coast. 

Lena has a passion for language justice and has utilized her skills in various capacities, from starting a Young Interpreters Club, to providing interpretation at assemblies, conferences and meetings and translating a variety of documents. At Just Communities, Lena is the Director of Programming and Language Justice. Lena is also a licensed trainer for The Community Interpreter International, a program of Cross-Cultural Communications. In 2018, Lena and the Language Justice Network received a Congressional Recognition for providing language access services during and after the Thomas Fire and Montecito Mudslides disasters.


  • 8:00am – 8:30am / Check-in and Registration
  • 8:30am – 8:35am / Introduction and Tone/Goal-setting 
  • 8:35am – 10:15am / Strengthening Cultural Humility, Dismantling Implicit Bias with Sayida Peprah, PsyD
  • 10:15am – 10:25am / Break
  • 10:25am – 12:15pm / Roadblocks to Resiliency for Muslim Survivors of Sexual Violence: Understanding the Challenges & Opportunities for Survivor Healing in an Era of Islamophobia with HEART Women and Girls' Sahar Pirzada & Amal Ali
  • 12:15pm – 1:15pm / Lunch
  • 1:15pm – 2:55pm / One Room, Many Voices: Planning for Cross Language Communication with Just Communities' Lena Moran
  • 2:55pm – 3:05pm / Break
  • 3:05pm - 3:50pm / Host Agency
  • 3:50pm – 4:00pm / Evaluations and Wrap-up

This training is FREE OF CHARGE. Participants are responsible for travel, lodging and all meal expenses. Lunch is NOT provided.

Interpretation Services Available

Individuals who prefer accommodations for interpretation services please contact Kelly Flugum at Requests must be made at least two weeks before the training date.

Travel Scholarships Available
The Serving California's DIVERSITY Training Project is pleased to offer a limited number of travel scholarships in the form of reimbursement to victim service agencies that attend our in-person training events.  Those interested can complete an application and scholarships will be awarded based on need. Accepted applicants will be reimbursed following the training with submission of signed claim and required receipts. For a travel scholarship application, please contact Kelly Flugum at

Continuing Education
If you are interested in Continuing Education please apply and pay for credit at the training. Cash, card, and check payments (payable to 'CIR').

  • Course meets qualifications for 6 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, $45, Provider #128510. The Center for Innovation and Resource, Inc. (CIR) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs and LCSWs. CIR maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Participants may apply for continuing education credits (CEUs) at the event. Certificates for CEUs will be mailed to participants within two weeks following the event.

For more information, questions, or grievances, please contact Willow Cleverly at 707-992-0834.

Individuals with disabilities who require accommodations to participate in this training should also contact Kelly Flugum. 


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