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Liberation-Based Healing Conference garners media attention

October 12, 2012

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The Liberation-Based Healing Conference—coordinated by the Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling—applies the principles of social justice to discussions about the criminal justice system, community and domestic violence, education, immigration policy, mental health and wellness, religious and spiritual practices, poverty, and youth empowerment.

The conference also offers an opportunity for community members to come together for a day of dialogue aimed at promoting equity, bolstering family and community resilience, and opening up possibilities for community solutions.

The focus on grassroots community change has drawn the attention of local media outlets, including KBOO radio, The Skanner, Portland Community Media’s Ghetto Rise, and Colors of Influence.

As cofounder Andrae Brown, assistant professor of counseling psychology, told The Skanner, “Portland is known as a pretty liberal place, but how does that play out in reality, when it comes to supporting issues of equity? What we are trying to do is move beyond the lip service of liberalism and empower our communities to move forward in creating social justice. This conference is a welcoming space for us, an an entire community, to engage in dialogue that is empowering and uplifting.