Wednesday Plenary Session

Sheetal Gandhi in "Human Nature," photo by Chris Rady, courtesy of the artist.

Beyond Inclusion

 a plenary presentation by Leticia Nieto

Wednesday, September 3, 9:30 - 10: am
Issaquah Room, Union Street Tower, 3rd Floor

Beneath the realities of progress in the areas of racism and social justice lie largely unconscious and complex patterns of discrimination and exclusion. Psychotherapist, educator, and artist Leticia Nieto explores strategic interventions that artists, arts leaders, boards, and organizations can undertake to subvert oppression. Leticia will present her models that anyone may use to analyze the intricacies of power, rank, and status in interactions, with special attention to social settings. This is one hour that may forever change your approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Leticia Nieto. Psy.D., L.M.F.T, C.P. 

Leticia is a psychotherapist and educator specializing in cross-cultural communication, motivation and creativity. Her book, Beyond Inclusion, Beyond Empowerment: A Developmental Strategy to Liberate Everyone, is an accessible analysis of the psychological dynamics of oppression and privilege that offers readers ways to develop skills to promote social justice.

Leticia brings an innovative approach to her training and facilitation, drawing on expressive techniques to involve participants deeply and create opportunities for insight and change.  Over the past decades she has successfully brought her skills to higher education and other learning communities, to service providers in helping agencies, to workplace teams, and to many community groups.

Leticia is a Professor in the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program at Saint Martin's University. In addition to her advanced degrees in clinical psychology and human development, she is skilled in Action Methods, including Playback Theater and Theater of the Oppressed.  She is a Certified Practitioner of Psychodrama (C.P.), and has a private practice as a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (L.M.F.T).