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The two-day conference includes keynote presentations, panel presentations, concurrent sessions and agency visits. Details of the programmes are as follows:


Preliminary Rundown


21 June 2017 (Wednesday)  
8:45 Registration
9:00 Opening Ceremony
9:30 Keynote Presentation 1 – Global Challenges Facing the Aging Populations: Professor Ada Mui, Columbia University (New York)
10:30 Tea Break
10:50 Panel Session – Global Health and Mental Issues (Invited Presentation)
12:00 Lunch
13:45 Concurrent Session 1
15:20 Tea Break
15:40 Concurrent Session 2
17:15 End of 1st day


22 June 2017 (Thursday)     
8:45 Registration
9:00 Keynote Presentation 2 – Micro-aggression as a Global Challenge: Professor Michael Spencer, University of Michigan
10:00 Tea Break
10:20 Concurrent Session 3
11:50 Concurrent Session 4
12:50 Closing Ceremony
13:00 End of the Conference
14:30 Agency Visits (Optional)



Keynote Speakers


Professor Bruce Thyer
College of Social Work
Florida State University
Bruce Thyer
Bruce Thyer is currently a Professor and former Dean with the College of Social Work at Florida State University. Dr. Thyer spent the years 1987 - 2002 with the University of Georgia, where he earned the rank of Distinguished Research Professor. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. In 2012 he was elected to the Social Work Academy of the National Academies of Practice. Dr. Thyer is the founder and current editor of one of social work's premier journals, RESEARCH ON SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE, and is the author of over 250 articles, 80 chapters and he had authored or edited over 25 professional books. His research interests involve the promotion of evidence-based practice, evaluation research, applied behavior analysis, and social work theory.
Professor Michael Spencer
School of Social Work
University of Michigan

Michael Spencer's research examines disparities in physical and mental health and service use of populations of color, as well as interventions for reducing disparities.


He is the Principal Investigator of the REACH Detroit Family Intervention, an NIH-funded, community-based, participatory research (CBPR) project which aims at reducing disparities in type 2 diabetes through the use of community health workers among Latino residents in Southwest Detroit. He also investigates the association between discrimination and physical and mental health as well as service use among Latinos, African Americans and Asian Americans.


Spencer has initiated several CBPR interventions on issues related to environmental justice and intergroup relations, including dialogue groups in local high schools as a means for negotiating conflict and promoting anti-bigotry and social justice among adolescents.