Keynote Address: 2023 FLE Summit

How to Integrate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into Our Work with Families

The 2023 Family Life Education Summit is scheduled for Friday, June 23, 2023. This is a virtual event to focus solely on family practitioners at all experience levels working with and for families.

Keynote Presentation

Let’s Talk About It. How to Integrate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion into Our Work with Families

Kimmery Newsom
Kimmery Newsom

Kimmery Newsom, Ph.D., LCMFT, LMFT, CSATP, CFLE

This presentation will outline how to have conversations about diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) and difference. In our work as Family Life Educators, it is imperative that we learn how to facilitate and integrate these conversations into our work with families. Many of the families we encounter are impacted by issues of racism and discrimination, which affects how families function in society. It is our job to become allies and increase our awareness of how we can increase our collective knowledge of DEI.

During this presentation, Dr. Newsom will introduce:

  • working definitions of each aspect of DEI
  • how DEI affects our work with families, and
  • how to talk with families about their racialized experiences

Additionally, we will discuss allyship and what it means to develop an understanding of cultural differences to continue to work on creating a culture of inclusivity. Let’s talk about it!

Dr. Newsom is an assistant professor of human development and family studies University of Wisconsin-Stout. She has over 13 years of experience teaching graduate and undergraduate students from UW-Stout and before that, Kansas State University (KSU). She has a bachelor’s in psychology, a master’s in marriage and family therapy, and a doctorate in family studies, all from KSU.

Dr. Newsom is a Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) and is licensed clinically as a marriage and family therapist in Kansas and Wisconsin. Her research interests are resilience, childhood sexual trauma in women, and diversity education in Family Science. She has published articles and completed numerous national and international presentations. Dr. Newsom is the first author on a textbook that was released in August 2020 entitled Culture and Diversity in Family Life Education. More recently, she self-published her first personal work entitled Sounds of the Soul as an eBook on Barnes and Noble.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, and writing and spending time with her children and partner.