Benchmarks at Burrell: Navigating Anti-Racism, Demographics and the Fear Factor | Burrell


Benchmarks at Burrell: Navigating Anti-Racism, Demographics and the Fear Factor

Virtual via Zoom; link will be sent upon registration

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Benchmarks at Burrell:
Benchmarks at Burrell: Navigating Anti-Racism, Demographics and the Fear Factor

Featured Speakers:
Dr. Leslie Anderson, Licensed Psychologist, Professor of Counseling at Missouri State University
Dr. Lyle Foster, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Missouri State University


This intermediate-level course will continue to explore issues of race, equity and mental health implications. The mechanisms, impact and reduction of implicit bias will be our focus. Participants will be encouraged to examine how our organization, clients and communities are all affected by changing demographics and fear messaging.

Date: Friday, Nov. 20
Time: 12:30 to 4 p.m.
Cost: $25 for Burrell staff, $35 for community members (includes 4 CE credits, if applicable)
CE credits: Full participation AND return of post-session survey earns 3.5 CE credits
Questions: Call Mandy Vela at 417-761-5020 or e-mail

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will discuss the impact of demographics changes and projections on mental health issues.
  2. Participants will be able to define the mechanics of implicit bias and apply that learning to clinical and community settings.
  3. Participants will discuss the impact of fear messages and the function of stereotypes in creating and maintaining “other” status among human groups.
  4. Participants will discuss anti-racism strategies and their potential impact on diverse client populations in our communities.

About the speakers:
Dr. Leslie Anderson is a Licensed Psychologist in private practice and Professor of Counseling in Missouri State University’s CACREP-accredited Counselor Education program. Her training and experience in trauma informed care, mindfulness, and diversity and inclusion have made her a sought-after consultant and speaker for educators and counselors since 1998, and she was named one of Springfield Business Journal’s 20 Most Influential Women in 2015. Leslie has worked as a Certified Diversity Executive with leaders in law enforcement, education, business, community leadership, healthcare and faith groups in their goals toward creating more inclusive, equitable, accessible, responsive and accountable communities. She is deeply concerned about issues that impede access and success, and brings humor, compassion and hopefulness to our work together as counseling professionals.

Dr. Lyle Q. Foster is a Sociologist whose professional focus is on areas of community, poverty and urban development. He is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Missouri State University. He focuses on diversity, multicultural education, social problems, race and ethnicity and poverty. Dr. Foster has been a presenter at multiple national conferences speaking on diversity related issues as well as a frequent speaker to community and advocacy groups. He writes a column for the Springfield News-Leader on diversity related issues and for the local African-American community publication. Passionate about issues of diversity and community revitalization Lyle has been instrumental in starting several non-profits that address advocacy and capacity building for communities. His research interests are currently on studying the African-American community in Springfield, Missouri, and application of CRT to issues of social justice. Lyle serves on numerous boards and commissions on both the university level and in the community.

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