Critical Conversations Series

MSSA's Critical Conversations series is an ongoing platform for MSSA members to learn about and engage in social justice issues and current events.

We are holding two Critical Conversation events in October:
White Accountability: From Intention to Impact
Book club discussion: Just Mercy (part II)

White Accountability: From Intention to Impact
Friday, October 29
12:00 - 3:00 PM

Are you ready to deepen your commitment to anti-oppressive work, but not sure how to take action? Have you attended anti-racism trainings in the past and are wondering what to do next? Are you ready to move from good intentions to impact? Are you interested in exploring white accountability in small group discussions with your colleagues? This opportunity is for you! In this workshop, designed specifically for non-BIPOC individuals, attendees will develop individual accountability plans for anti-oppressive practice.

Presenter: Katrina Cisneros, MSSW, LICSW, Community Access Specialist - University of Minnesota School of Social Work

CEUs: Attendees can earn up to 3 CEUs

$40 for MSSA members | $55 for nonmembers

Registration deadline: 11:59 PM Wednesday, October 27

Other details:
  • Registration will be limited to 25 individuals.
  • This workshop will involve small group discussion using Zoom breakout rooms.
  • Registrants will receive a link to join the workshop one day prior to the event.
  • The event will not be recorded.

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Book Club: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Part II
Tuesday, October 26
12:00 - 1:15 PM

Join your colleagues for a two-part discussion of Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. Attendees will have opportunities to explore themes from the book, including racism and justice, in small groups during a moderated discussion. We will focus on the the second half of the book on October 26.

Book synopsis: Just Mercy is Bryan Stevenson's account of his career as a legal advocate for marginalized people who have been either falsely convicted or harshly sentenced. Throughout the book, Stevenson provides historical context and stories of specific clients, as well as commentary on the American criminal justice and prison systems.

Pricing: Free for all MSSA members | $20 for nonmembers

 Participants can earn up to 2.5 CEUs by attending both sessions

Registration deadline:
 Registration to attend Part II will close at 11:59 pm on Sunday, October 24.

Other details:
  • Those interested in attending need only register once for both sessions. If you did not register for the first session but would like to attend Part II, click the blue "Register Now" button below.
  • The Zoom webinar link will be emailed to registrants one day prior to each session.
  • These sessions will not be recorded.

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Past Critical Conversations Events


Leaning into Difficult Conversations
History of Racism in Health and Human Services
The Intersection of Race, Discrimination, and Trauma
White Accountability: Unpacking and Dismantling the White Savior Complex
LGBTQ Issues in Providing Social Services
Book Club Discussion: I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown


Confronting "Jane Crow:" Trauma, Oppression, and Abolition in the Child Protection System
Guiding Your Clients Toward Informed Choice in Times of Chaos

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