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Wednesday May 8, 2013

3 PM to 5 PM Eastern Daylight Time

2 PM to 4 PM Central Daylight Time

1 PM to 3 PM Mountain Daylight Time              

12 PM to 2 PM Pacific Daylight Time              

11 AM to 1 PM Alaska Daylight Time                

9 AM  to 11 AM Hawaii Standard Time 


This is an online event. Web link and connection instructions will be provided upon registration.


Sara Munson 
National Child Welfare Workforce Institute 

Building a Culturally Responsive Workforce: The Texas Model for Undoing Disproportionality & Disparities 

On Wednesday, May 8, 2013, from 3-5 PM EDT, the NCWWI invites you to join us for Building a Culturally Responsive Workforce: The Texas Model for Undoing Disproportionality & Disparities in Child Welfare, our 8th session in What Works for the Workforce: Leadership Competencies in Action – the NCWWI’s National Webinar Series on Leading Change to Strengthen the Child Welfare Workforce.

This session will highlight a collection of strategies for building a culturally responsive workforce based upon the Texas Model for Addressing Disproportionality & Disparities, a framework that encompasses (1) data-driven strategies; (2) leadership development; (3) culturally competent workforce development; (4) community engagement; (5) cross-systems collaboration; (6) comprehensive training systems defined by anti-racist principles; and (7) a systems-wide understanding of the history of institutional racism and its impact.

Presenters will detail the Model’s key components, implementation, and outcomes, as well as share specific workforce development innovations designed to infuse cultural responsiveness into all program areas, interventions, and practice enhancements throughout the state. Finally, the presenters will offer lessons learned and tips for agencies seeking to build a culturally responsive workforce and eliminate disproportionality and disparities in their own child welfare organizations and systems. Presenters include:

    Joyce James PhotoJoyce James, LCSW-AP, Associate Deputy Executive Commissioner, Center for Elimination of Disproportionality & Disparities (the Center) at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). Ms. James began her career as a CPS caseworker in 1980 and has an impressive 33-year history in the field of child welfare and systems transformation. Ms. James previously served as the Assistant Commissioner for Texas CPS Program and as Deputy Commissioner for the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services (DFPS). The Center was created in September 2010 out of recognition of Ms. James’ strong and effective leadership and a desire to expand the Texas Model for Addressing Disproportionality & Disparities, created under her leadership, to all systems under the umbrella of HHSC. In 2011, SB 501 established the Center in law and created an interagency council of which Ms. James serves as chair.  Ms. James also serves as a Commissioner on the Supreme Court of Texas’ Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families and the Juvenile Justice Committee, and has published many articles and received awards for her leadership, advocacy, and willingness to speak out on disproportionality and disparity.
      TTanya Rollins Photoanya Rollins, MSW, CPS State Disproportionality Manager, Texas Department of Family & Protective Services. Ms. Rollins has worked in Texas child welfare for 22 years as an investigator, intake specialist, intake supervisor, training specialist, and training manager. In her current position, she is charged with examining the racial and ethnic disparities in the child welfare system while working with internal and external partners to eliminate these disparities. Ms. Rollins has been instrumental in the implementation of the Knowing Who You Are project in Texas, is one of only six Knowing Who You Are coaches in the country, and provides consultation to other states interested in implementing this curriculum. She is an adjunct faculty member at University of Phoenix and Park University, where she teaches courses in cultural diversity, team work, communications, popular culture, minority relations, and youth culture. Ms. Rollins is also a graduate of the NCWWI’s Leadership Academy for Middle Managers (LAMM).

      This session is free and open to all, so please share the information with your colleagues & networks. 

      Certificates of attendance will be issued to all attendees via email following conclusion of the session.

      Please save the date for the session’s follow-up learning lab: Friday, May 17, 2-3 pm EDT.