Winter Roundtable 2021

The 38th Annual Winter Roundtable


February 25th-27th, 2021



Thank you for attending the 2021 Winter Roundtable Conference!  We look forward to seeing you at next year's conference!


2021 Winter Roundtable Program Schedule


The Winter Roundtable is the longest running continuing professional education program in the United States devoted solely to cultural issues in psychology, education, and social work. The Winter Roundtable continues its tradition of bringing together scholars, practitioners, researchers, social change agents and students interested in the intersections between race, ethnicity, social class, gender, ability status, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation in psychology, education, and social work.

We, the members of the Winter Roundtable Community, bear witness to the pernicious effects of systemic racism—including health disparities of the COVID-19 pandemic and the murder of Black and Brown people by police—and we feel an urgent call to action and call to connection. Though we wish to gather together, we are also keenly aware of the risks that accompany a conference. Thus, the 38th Annual Winter Roundtable, a Pandemic of Racism, will be a virtual conference that will span Thursday, February 25th to Saturday, February 27th, 2021. We are hopeful that a virtual conference will engage more students, scholars, professionals and activists. We are hopeful that our time together will offer us the opportunity to reconnect, recharge, and rechart our path forward. We are hopeful that we, in the disciplines of psychology and education, will once again rise to meet the challenges of our time. We wish you good health and good spirits, and we wish to see you remotely in February, 2021.


Winter Roundtable Statement on Police Brutality

We are anguished and outraged by the murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others whose deaths add yet another name to the appalling list of innocent Black and Brown people killed by police in the United States. Our hearts are with these families, friends, and communities, for we recognize the traumatic effect of their deaths on those who loved them. Our hearts are also with our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, who continue to be traumatized by and suffer under white supremacy. For 37 years, the Winter Roundtable has worked to support the efforts of scholars, practitioners and activists in the cause of anti-racism and social justice; now, more than ever, the Roundtable family must continue to lead that cause in the disciplines of psychology and education.

As we prepare for our 38th conference, as a community we are called together in collective action and healing—please join us.

2021 Keynote Speakers


Registration for the 2021 Winter Roundtable Conference is now closed. 

The 2021 Winter Roundtable Conference will be completely remote. We are excited to announce complimentary continuing education and wellness activities for the 2021 conference! We will also have reduced conference rates to make the virtual 2021 conference more accessible. 

Standard Registration (through February 24th)
Student $30
Professional $50
Continuing Education: complimentary
Day of Registration (February 25th-27th)
Student $45
Professional $75
Continuing Education: complimentary 

To request disability related accommodations contact OASID at, (212) 678-3689, (212) 678-3853 TTY, (646) 755-3144 video phone, as early as possible.


Continuing Education: 

In order to make the 2021 conference more accessible, there will be no registration fees for Continuing Education credits this year. Please complete your CEU information with your registration.


Social Work CEs will not be offered for the 2021 Conference 


Teachers College Student Course: 

This year, the Winter Roundtable is providing a hybrid model specifically for students registered in the Teachers College course. This for-credit course for students of Teachers College only will include remote attendance to the WRT Conference on February 25-27th and in-person discussion. This course can be taken for 0-3 credits. More information is available on Canvas. 



Please contact the roundtable coordinators at if you are interested in volunteering! Volunteers will be involved in presentation support and will be provided with complimentary registration.


Please welcome our 2021 keynote speakers! 

Social Justice Action Award

Roxane Gay is an author and cultural critic whose writing is unmatched and widely revered. Her work garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. With a deft eye on modern culture, she brilliantly critiques its ebb and flow with both wit and ferocity.

Words like “courage,” “humor,” and “smart” are frequently deployed when describing Roxane. Her collection of essays, Bad Feminist, is universally considered the quintessential exploration of modern feminism. NPR named it one of the best books of the year and Salon declared the book “trailblazing.” Her powerful debut novel...

Janet E. Helms Award for Mentoring and Scholarship

Danice L. Brown received her Ph.D in Counseling Psychology from The Ohio State University in 2008, which included a year-long predoctoral internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago Counseling Center. Upon graduation, Dr. Brown joined the psychology department at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She later relocated to the Baltimore area and joined the Counseling Psychology Graduate Program at Towson University as an Associate Professor in 2015. In addition to teaching various courses in Towson’s terminal master’s program (e.g., advanced counseling skills, group counseling, and practicum), Dr. Brown has been serving as the Coordinator of Clinical Training for the program...

Special Workshop

We are excited to announce a special workshop:

The Power of Storytelling for Dreamers & Undocumented Citizens in K-20 Education

This special event features both a panel discussion and a teach-in workshop led by undocumented citizens, Dreamers, college professors, immigrant advocates, and aspiring English teachers. In this workshop, we utilize storytelling, educational research, and clinical field experience to reveal the untold stories, struggles, and resiliency of what it means to be an undocumented immigrant, a Dreamer, and an American in K-20 schools today. Panelists include Pulitzer Award Winning journalist, Jose Antonio Vargas and Adrian Escarate, Deputy Chief of Staff at Define American, Dr. Roberto Gonzalez, Professor at Harvard University and Director of Immigration Initiative at Harvard (IIH), and Dr. Judy Yu, Assistant Professor at Queens College and Founding Director at REACH. They will be joined by Queens College students, Sara Yadgarov, Maria Sultana, Wriel Santos, and Ahmad Zeidieh and guest facilitator from Define American, Valeria Rodriguez. 



Jose Antonio Vargas

Founder & Key Strategic Consultant, Define American

Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, and Tony-nominated producer. He is a leading voice for the human rights of immigrants and the Founder of Define American. His best-selling memoir, Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen, was published by HarperCollins in 2018. Most recently, he co-produced Heidi Schreck’s acclaimed Broadway play What the Constitution Means to Me, which was nominated for two 2019 Tony awards, including “Best Play.”


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Dr. Judy Yu

Founding Director, REACH®

Dr. Judy W. Yu is the Founding Director of REACH®, an education consulting firm based in New York City. Dr. Yu is a MotherScholar, activist, educator, and a faculty member at Queens College. As a former elementary school teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, Dr. Yu has developed a critical multicultural and an Asian American studies program for students that empowers young people to utilize their lived experiences, narratives, and personal artifacts as bodies of scholarship in re-telling our American history. Her work has been published in Teachers College Press (2020), Center for Asian American Media (2017), and Rowman and Littlefield (2013).


Dr. Yu is a recipient of several honors and awards including the 2016 Education Research Project Service Award, American Educational Research Association (AERA); 2011 Outstanding Dissertation Award, Research on the Education of Asian and Pacific Americans, AERA; 2007 Elihu Rose Fellowship, Columbia University; 2005 Spencer Foundation Research Grant; 2005 President’s Diversity and Community Initiatives Grant, Teachers College, Columbia University. 

Currently, she also serves as an Educational Consultant to the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) where she is developing a Social Justice Leadership Institute (SJLI) for social service providers, community organizers, parents, graduate students, and school leaders.


Dr. Yu received her Doctor of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching. She received her M.Ed. from UCLA, where she was a first grade teacher in East Los Angeles, California. She designed and implemented an Asian American studies curriculum and created an Asian American History museum with elementary school students. Dr. Yu's educational activism began during her undergraduate years at Boston College.



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Dr. Roberto G. Gonzales

Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education Director, Immigration Initiative Harvard (IIH)

Roberto Gonzales is professor of education at HGSE and director of the newly formed Immigration Initiative at Harvard (IIH), a university-wide effort aimed at advancing and promoting interdisciplinary scholarship and intellectual exchange around issues of immigration policy and immigrant communities. His research centers on contemporary processes of immigration and social inequality, and stems from theoretical interests at the intersection of race and ethnicity, immigration, and policy. Gonzales’ research examines the effects of legal contexts on the coming of age experiences of vulnerable and hard-to-reach immigrant youth populations. His work has been cited across a broad range of disciplines and has garnered awards from sociology, anthropology, psychology, education, law, and social work. 



Since 2002 Gonzales has carried out one of the most comprehensive studies of undocumented immigrants in the United States. His book, Lives in Limbo: Undocumented and Coming of Age in America (University of California Press), is based on an in-depth study that followed 150 undocumented young adults in Los Angeles for twelve years. Lives in Limbo has won eight major book awards, including the Society for the Study of Social Problems C. Wright Mills Award, the American Education Research Association Outstanding Book Award, the Law and Society Association Herbert Jacob Book Award, and the Society for Social Work and Research Book Award. It has also been selected by six universities as a Common Read. In addition, several groups around the country have used the book to train staff, including the Madison Police Department, Teach for America, and 23 public schools. Last year, the book was optioned for theatrical production, and plans are underway for the release of a second edition. In addition, Gonzales’ National UnDACAmented Research Project has surveyed nearly 2,700 undocumented young adults and has carried out 500 in-depth interviews on their experiences following President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. He is also teaming up with several colleagues to investigate educator responses to school climate issues stemming from immigration policies. Gonzales’ work has been has been featured in top journals, including the American Sociological ReviewAnnual Review of SociologyCurrent Anthropology, and the Harvard Educational Review as well as in the New York TimesWashington PostLos Angeles TimesWall Street Journal, TIME magazine, U.S. News & World Report, and Chronicle of Higher Education.


Gonzales is a research affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he also participates in a transition to adulthood research network.  Prior to his faculty position at Harvard, Gonzales held faculty positions at the University of Chicago and at the University of Washington. He received his B.A. from the Colorado College, an M.A. from the University of Chicago, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California Irvine. His research has been supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the WT Grant Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Heising-Simons Foundation, and the James Irvine Foundation.

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Adrián Escárate

Deputy Chief of Staff, Define American

Adrián was born in Santiago, Chile, and moved to the United States when he was 3 years old. He grew up in Miami, Florida and although undocumented, through academic and athletic scholarships as an elite tennis player, he was able to attend enroll and pursue his dreams of higher education. At St. Thomas University, Adrián took his first steps as an immigration activist joining the national undocumented youth movement with efforts of passing the DREAM Act in 2010. Adrián graduated from St. Thomas University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications Arts with Cum Laude honors in December 2011.


In August 2016, with the help of the DACA program, Adrián was able to work at St. Thomas University as the assistant coach for the Men’s and Women’s tennis teams, allowing him to further his education by pursuing his graduate degree in the Communications program. He graduated with his Master of Arts in Communications specializing in Electronic Media degree in May 2019. Most recently, Adrián worked with as an immigration fellow in Florida to push back against anti-immigrant narratives and legislation at the state level, and advocate for humane and compassionate solutions to immigration at the national level.

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Previous Speakers

Here are some of our keynote speakers and their presentations at past Winter Roundtable Conferences.




The 2021 Winter Roundtable Submission Portal is now closed following the extended deadline of January 8th, 2021 at 5PM EST.  Acceptance notifications will be sent out shortly. Please use the link above to edit your accepted proposal.


Please note that we will prioritize Symposia, Workshops, Roundtables, and Student Posters above Paper proposals in the 2021 conference in order to emphasize interactivity in our conference offering. 


  • Proposals must be submitted electronically using the EventRebels submission form.
  • Proposals for all categories of presentations should consist of an abstract (maximum 400 words).
  • Please TYPE OUT proposal abstract information in the fields provided.
  • Proposals for Paper Presentations, Roundtables, Symposia, and Workshops that are potentially CE eligible require additional materials including Learning Objectives and Program Assessments.

All abstracts must include:

  • A clear outline of the major ideas to be presented. For roundtable discussions, this outline should include information about the general theme, as well as the sub-themes that will serve as topics for discussion (maximum 400 words).
  • In the case of an Empiric Study:
    • summary of the research methodology.
    • brief summary of the findings.
  • For workshop submissions, you must include both an abstract AND a 50-word maximum description of the workshop, which includes the learning objectives.
  • Please note that all poster presentation abstracts submitted should include preliminary or final results of the empirical research study.

Proposals from graduate students, including Masters and Advanced Doctoral students, as well as recent graduates are encouraged.

In addition to this year’s conference theme, other timely topics are welcomed for consideration in the conference program.

If you would like to be considered for CE eligibility, your proposal for a Paper Presentation, Symposia, Workshop, or Roundtable will require Learning Objectives. All of these proposals must include 3-4 learning objectives per hour-long program. These may focus on research, literature, teaching, supervision or clinical practice outcomes for your audience. For instance, a learning objective may be "Participants will be able to define multiculturally competent counseling practice and apply this definition to working with undocumented populations."

For more information on how to write a learning objective, please see requirements and more information below.

  • Must clearly state what the learner will know or be capable of doing following the presentation
  • Must be observable and measurable
  • Must be of sufficient depth for the academic level of the conference

Please see the following link from the APA for a guide on how to write learning objectives: Guidance for Writing Learning Objectives


If you would like to be considered for CE eligibility, your proposal for a Paper Presentation, Symposia, Workshop, or Roundtable will require Program Assessments. All of these proposals require 3-5 program assessments. Program Assessments will evaluate whether your learning objectives have been met in your session. They should be directly based upon the learning objectives of the program.

See the APA Example below:

Rate the statements on a scale of do not agree to strongly agree:

Based on the content of the workshop, I am able to

  • Describe at least two theoretical approaches to hypnosis 
  • Employ at least two hypnotic induction techniques 
  • Explain how psychological approaches differ when applied to acute vs. chronic pain 

Statement of Conflict of Interest: 

All proposals require that the instructors notify the Winter Roundtable of any potential monetary or other conflicts of interest. Any program designed for the sole purpose of personal development, marketing, business practices, and maximizing profits for the practice of an instructor will not be considered for the conference.


Addressing Diversity: 

All proposals must provide a brief statement describing how your presentation will address diversity. Even if this question is addressed elsewhere in your proposal, please include this explicitly here. 


CV and Bibliography: 

All presentations require that each presenter provide a CV. All presentations require a bibliography. If submitted as a CE eligible program, CVs have specific requirements and at least 3 references are required in the bibliography.  



Hour-long focused panel discussions and/or formal presentations in which participants present views on a common topic or theme. Typically structured with an introduction and background on the topic by the moderator. Participants are then welcomed to present their viewpoints with subsequent exchange among participants and the audience as well as between participants. Symposia do not focus only on one paper, but are intended to collect multiple presenters who will present in-depth knowledge or perspectives potentially based on a collection of papers on a centralized question, issue, or topic of research. No more than four presenters. 


  • Abstract: In the case of an empirical study, must include a summary of the research methodology and a brief summary of the findings
  • May be CE Eligible (requires Learning Objectives and Program Assessments)

Two or three hour programs designed to provide participants with practical experience or applications of theory and research findings and specific direct skills. These will combine theoretical and experiential approaches to support participants in gaining further skills and experience in counseling psychology. These skills will be outlined in learning objectives and evaluated in assessments. Your proposal must include duration as well as a brief description of the workshop for inclusion in the program. Presenters require expertise in the content area of the workshop. 


  • Abstract
  • 50-word maximum description of the workshop
  • May be CE Eligible (Requires Learning Objectives and Program Assessments)

Hour-long dialogues about a broad theme of cultural relevance in psychology and education which provide an opportunity for dialogue with the presenters facilitating the discussion and audience. Presenters will typically open the discussion with brief remarks or background and then facilitate discussions. Each theme then consists of branching smaller discussion groups that address various sub-themes pertaining to the general topic. There should be no more than four sub-themes proposed for each general theme. In addition, no more than four people may be involved in facilitating discussions. 


  • Abstract: Must include information about the general theme, as well as the sub-themes that will serve as topics for discussion 
  • May be CE Eligible (requires Learning Objectives and Program Assessments)

Opportunities for masters and doctoral students in psychology and education to present their recent research project or scholarship. The hour-long poster session allows for extensive discussion with the author. Posters are presented in summary form on bulletin boards with illustrative content including tables, graphs, and data. A student must be the first author on all poster presentation submissions, and each submission should contain no more than four authors. Not all authors are required to be in attendance.


Thanks to Joseph G. Ponterotto, J. Manuel Casas, Lisa A. Suzuki, and Charlene M. Alexander, the editors of the Handbook of Multicultural Counseling (3rd edition), a student scholarship fund has been established. Student first authors whose poster presentation proposals are accepted will receive complimentary registration to the Winter Roundtable. On posters with multiple authors, the scholarship will be awarded to the first author only.


  • Abstract: Must include a summary of the research methodology and brief summary of the preliminary or final results 
  • Not CE Eligible (Does not require Learning Objectives and Program Assessments)

Hour-long presentations, typically presented by one or a small number of authors regarding ongoing or concluded research investigations or clinical educational practices. These allow an in-depth presentation of material. 


  • Abstract: In the case of an empirical study, must include a summary of the research methodology and a brief summary of the findings
  • May be CE Eligible (requires Learning Objectives and Program Assessments)

Continuing Education

The Winter Roundtable offers Continuing Education Units from the following professional organizations:


American Psychological Association (APA): Up to 16 Hours for 2021

The Winter Roundtable Conference is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Winter Roundtable maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

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 New York State (NYS) for Licensed Psychologists and LMHCs: 

The Winter Roundtable is approved by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology and State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists and licensed mental health counselors. 


Teachers College for CTLEs


To obtain APA, NBCC, NYS, or CTLE credits for all approved CE courses at the Winter Roundtable, please provide your information in the registration portal.


Social Work CEs will not be provided for the 2021 Conference. 

*For information on which presentations are eligible for continuing education credits, please see our Agenda or contact the Winter Roundtable Office for more information. 

Conference Staff

Faculty Co-Directors:

Gregory Payton

Gregory Payton


Riddhi Sandil

Riddhi Sandil



Charlene Bernasko

Charlene Bernasko

Anna Motulsky

Anna Motulsky


Honorary Sponsor: 

Queens College



We are excited to announce a variety of wellness activities throughout the conference including yoga, meditation, and creative activities to connect with attendees. These are provided in conjunction with Queer Anga!

Queer Anga is a multi-racial, multi-gender queer and trans wellness collective based in Brooklyn, NY. Founded in 2018, Queer Anga hosts a monthly event series featuring yoga, food, and a guided conversation about what it means to live in our queer, trans, contested, unique, strange, and wonderful bodies. 



The Winter Roundtable Conference is fully funded by Teachers College, Columbia University.

Past Conferences

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Purchase Media

Recordings of selected presentations from past Winter Roundtables are available for purchase or subscription. 

Keynote presentations from 2017 onward may be viewed above. 

Selected presentations from 2012 through 2017 are available in both hard copy DVD format and as digital files which can be streamed or downloaded. 

Selected presentations from 2006 through 2011 are available in DVD format only.  

The digital files are available through the "Streaming or Download"link below.  Right now, a 1-year streaming subscription is just $35.00 per presentation!  Or you can purchase and download the digital file for just $50.00!

DVD copies are available through the "Purchase DVDs" link below.  Right now, a DVD copy of any available presentation is just $50.00!

Both sites accept PayPal and major credit cards.

To see short preview segments from each of the available videos, click the "Streaming or Download" link below.

Purchase DVD's

Selected presentations from past Winter Roundtables are now available for purchase!  

Streaming or Download

Selected presentations from past Winter Roundtables are now available for streaming!


Q: How can I reach the Roundtable? 

A: We are best reached via email at


Q: What is your conflict resolution policy? 

A: Our policy is available at this link: Conflict Resolution Policy. Please let us know if you have any questions. 


Q: I have specific accessibility needs. How can I have these addressed? 

A: To request disability related accommodations contact OASID at, (212) 678-3689, (212) 678-3853 TTY, (646) 755-3144 video phone, as early as possible.


Q: I would like to register for only one day of the conference. Is there a reduced rate? 

A: We do not offer single day registrations. Please contact us at for additional questions. 


Q: I have a student group or larger group of attendees. Is there a way to register everyone at once? 

A: Please reach out to us at


Q: Are all sessions eligible for continuing education? 

A: Only sessions marked as *CE Eligible will be included in your CE certificate. Please check that there are no profession exceptions (this will be clearly marked, typically at the end of the session description). 


Q: I signed up for continuing education credits. When will I receive these? 

A: We are typically able to process CE certificates within 6-8 weeks following the conference dates. If you need your certificate urgently or do not hear from our office by this time, please contact us for more information. 

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