Confronting Implicit Bias and Addressing Disparities 
in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice System

Thursday, June 7, 2018
8:30 am – 5:30 pm

Held on the campus of: 
California State University, Los Angeles 
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032

Other Details & Conference Documents:
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Implicit Bias, Trauma and Our Need for Collective Wisdom

Co-Founder, Center for Collective Wisdom


A Conversation with DCFS Director Bobby Cagle and Probation Chief Terri McDonald 



Thursday, June 7, 2018
8:30 AM to 5:30 PM PDT

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California State University, Los Angeles--
Luckman Theatre, Golden Eagle Ballrooms, Student Union Meeting Rooms

Cal State LA Campus:
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032

Driving Directions 

For more information, please contact:

Denise Herz, Ph.D.

About the Dr. Hershel Swinger Partnership Conference:
This one-day conference brings together over 800 judges, lawyers, child welfare workers and various stakeholders associated with the dependency and delinquency court systems to:

  • Learn about and discuss latest practices and research in juvenile justice and child welfare 
  • Network and discuss critical issues with current colleagues and new ones

Conference registration includes:

  • Welcome remarks from Cal State LA's President William Covino and the Honorable Michael Levanas, Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court.
  • Keynote address from John Ott, Co-Founder of the Center for Collective Wisdom.
  • 39 diverse and engaging workshops led by experts and practitioners from the child welfare and dependency court fields. 
  • Poster session with research from around the greater Los Angeles area
  • Continental breakfast, box lunch and afternoon refreshments

Registration Fees:
General: $75
Student: $35 

**Student registration fees are for individuals actively enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program of study at a college or university. Students who select this option must provide proof of their status at the time they check-in at the conference. There is a limited number of student registrations.

Conference Schedule:
7:30am - 8:30am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30am - 9:45am Welcome Remarks & Keynote Speaker
10:00am - 11:00am Breakout Session A
11:15am - 12:15pm Breakout Session B
12:15pm - 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm - 2:30pm Breakout Session C
2:45pm - 4:00pm Plenary Session
4:00pm - 5:30pm Light Reception & Poster Session

Co-sponsored by:
California State University, Los Angeles
Los Angeles County Juvenile Court