Advocacy, Activism and Wellness: Identifying and Utilizing Our Collective Cultural Resources

June 5th (Saturday), 2021, 10:00am – 1:00pm CENTRAL Time (CDT)

Join us for this workshop platica where we will explore the legacy of our cultural strengths and resources in ways we can use to advocate for ourselves, our families, and our community. Dr. Selma Yznaga, LPC, a national leader in counselor advocacy and social justice, will facilitate this hands-on interactive workshop that will amplify collective cultural resources and deepen the development of our ethnic consciousness
Too often, the immigrant rhetoric conveys a message of deficit, hardship, and struggle. While we certainly experience all of these, they don’t tell our whole story. We have inherited rich, abundant resources from our antepasados that are frequently antithetical to dominant U.S. culture values. The divergence can cause us to feel shame and inhibit us from celebrating our legacy.
This interactive workshop will teach us how to identify family’s strengths and will ask you to reflect on your responsibility to pass them on to future generations. In addition, we will consider our collective cultural resources and their sometimes contradictory outcomes. Finally, we will envision what our collective activist voice might look like when it is grounded in our values, our strengths, and our resources. This workshop plática is inspired by Dr. Yznaga’s 2008 article “Using the Genogram to Facilitate Intercultural Competence of Mexican Immigrants: and will introduce the use of the genogram as an intervention to help identify traditional resources that can be modified or adapted for success in a new culture. Join us as we dig in deep together to honor the past in order to strengthen our future.

– Identify ancestral family strengths using a resource genogram.
– Compare our cultural resources to dominant culture values.
– Compile an inventory of shared resources and consider their application in activism and advocacy.

Dr. Yznaga’s Bio

Selma de Leon-Yznaga is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, one of the nation’s largest Hispanic Serving Institutions. Dr. Yznaga has held numerous leadership positions in the Texas Counseling Association (TCA) and the American Counseling Association (ACA). In 2007, Dr. Yznaga founded Texas Counselors for Social Justice, a division of TCA dedicated to addressing the oppression and marginalization of ethnic and social minorities. In 2012, she served as President of Counselors for Social Justice. Most recently her clinical work, advocacy, and scholarship are directed at the treatment of immigration-related trauma at the Texas/Mexican border. She was recently appointed as the Coordinator of Clinical Services for Texas/Mexico Projects by Counselors Without Borders, an international non-profit organization serving the global mental health needs of communities following political, natural, and man-made disasters.


Community Members: $30

Mental Health Professionals: $50

Students: $15

NOTE: Certificates of Attendance will be issued to Mental Health Professionals who choose this registration option. Completion of session evaluations will be required to receive the certificate. Evaluations will be sent after the event ends.

This will be Zoom event and the Zoom link will be sent to participants 30mins before the event.

The event will be recorded and available for viewing for one week after the live date

Register at the link below or via Venmo: @MXZam or

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