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Wednesday, April 7, 2021 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM PDT
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Alex Rice 
VOA Al Forthan Scholarship 

The Al Forthan Scholarship and Lifeworks NW presents: April 7th Trainings with Marina Barcelo, MSW, MA & Dr. Gita Mehrotra and Juliana Wallace, LCSW

Please join us for the upcoming trainings on Wednesday, April 7th for Navigating Predominantly White Organizations: Exploring Strategies for Surviving & Thriving as People of Color with Marina Barcelo, MSW, MA & Dr. Gita Mehrotra and Trauma Informed Care with Juliana Wallace, LCSW.

All proceeds go towards the Al Forthan Scholarship. 

Cost: $110 for full day of trainings (6 CEUs); $60 for AM or PM training (3 CEUs).

Navigating Predominantly White Organizations: Exploring Strategies for Surviving & Thriving as People of Color

This training is for people of color only

Featuring: Marina Barcelo, MSW, MA and Dr. Gita Mehrotra

When:  8:30am-12:00pm       


This session will be an opportunity for people of color who work in predominantly white organizations to focus on our lived experiences and strategies for navigating these spaces.  Through interactive dialogue and a panel discussion with a diverse group of community practitioners, participants will share some of the challenges of working in dominant culture spaces, explore opportunities for growth and professional development within those settings, and discuss the importance of self and community care to sustain ourselves in our work. Participants will develop and share strategies for surviving and thriving in our work as people of color working and living in predominantly white environments while recognizing some of the unique and shared experiences that we have as people of color with diverse, intersectional identities, roles, and contexts.

Marina Barcelo, MSW, MA

Marina serves as both Student Inclusion Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty at PSU’s School of Social Work, where she provides ongoing student and faculty support in the areas of recruitment and retention, with a specific focus on students of color and first generation students. Marina serves as the Co-President of the ACLU of Oregon Board of Directors, and as a member of the NW Abortion Access Fund Board of Directors. Marina holds a Master’s of Social Work, a Master’s in Women’s & Gender Studies, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management & Philanthropy from Loyola University Chicago. Marina is a proud queer, Latinx mother who has called Monterey, Boston, Chicago, and now Portland home.

Dr. Gita Mehrotra

Dr. Gita Mehrotra holds an MSW from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Washington and is currently an Assistant Professor in the BSW program at Portland State University, School of Social Work. Prior to entering academia Gita was involved with domestic violence work for over a decade in a variety of capacities including: direct service, education/training, and program and organizational development, with a focus on API and LGBTQ communities. Gita has also been involved with community building within LGBTQ communities of color and has provided technical assistance and training to community-based organizations around the country.  Gita’s current research and teaching interests include: racial equity and social justice within social work and social work education, intimate violence in minoritized communities, women and queer people of color identities & wellness, and qualitative and critical research methodologies. 

Trauma Informed Care co-sponsored with LifeWorks NW

Featuring: Juliana Wallace, LCSW

When: 1:00pm – 4:30pm


Trauma Informed Care is an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing, and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. Trauma Informed Care also emphasizes physical, psychological, and emotional safety for both consumers and providers, and helps survivors rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.

Juliana Wallace, LCSW

Juliana Wallace is the Director of Services at Unity Center for Behavioral Health.  Ms. Wallace is a licensed clinical Social Worker.  She received her bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work from the University of Central Florida. She has worked in social services for more than 13 years, including more than 10 years with homeless youth in Portland. She is an adjunct professor at the Portland State University School of Social Work, teaching a course on trauma-Informed care. She has presented at many national conferences on health care and homeless issues. Her clinical practice concerns the connection of trauma and stress to coping skills.


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If you have any questions please contact Alex Rice at or 503-802-0299