Pearls and Perils Annual Conference

Karen Suyemoto, PhD

This year's Pearls and Perils Teaching Conference will be held on Friday, May 20 from 8:15 am-3 pm on Central Campus.


Pearls and Perils is an all-day conference that focuses on teaching and learning issues.The theme of this year's conference is Transformative Education in a Diverse Learning Environment. Sponsored by the Council on Teaching and Learning, the conference reflects the council's commitment to recognizing and fostering excellence in teaching at Salem State University.


This year's keynote address will be given by Karen Suyemoto, PhD. Dr. Karen L. Suyemoto is a Professor of Psychology and Asian American Studies and the incoming Director of the Transnational, Cultural, and Community Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her teaching and her research focuses on fostering awareness and advocacy for resisting racism through understanding the effects of race and racism, exploring the complexity of relative and ascribed power and privilege, and examining how cultural responsiveness and racial social justice can be developed through and integrated into education, training, research, and practice. Her efforts have resulted in two books, more than 40 publications, and over 100 conference presentations or posters, frequently in collaboration with students.  Dr. Suyemoto has served as the Co-Director of the New England Center for Inclusive Teaching, the President of the Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA), and currently serves as the AAPA observing representative to the American Psychological Association Council of Representatives. She has provided consultation and training locally and nationally on diversity within education, student services, psychology training, and psychotherapy, In 2013, she was recognized as a White House Champion of Change: Asian American Pacific Islander Woman Leader and was also awarded the Asian American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Contributions Award.


Event schedule at a glance

8:15-8:55 am Registration and Continental Breakfast begins
8:30-9:30 am Session I (Roundtables and Presentations)
10:15-11:15 am Keynote

11:30 am-1 pm Lunch

12:30-1:45 pm Afternoon Workshops 
2-3 pm Session II (Presentations and Roundtables)

Full 2016 Conference Schedule

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