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to the “Being Culturally Responsive in Urban Settings: A Conference for Mental Health Providers, Educators, and ALL Working with Culturally Diverse Families” on Thursday and Friday, January 23 & 24, 2014 at the Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, MA.


The two-day conference hosts training, resources, and networking opportunities for providers and explores pressing issues that you encounter in your work, for example: working with culturally diverse families, understanding violence and the impact of trauma exposure, grief and loss, and self care. We are confident that your presence will bring in a flow of many fresh and useful ideas; and hope you find the following information useful in making the overall conference experience a pleasant one.

ARRIVING to The Episcopal Divinity School, Washburn Auditorium, 99 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Because of extremely limited parking in Harvard Square and restricted parking on the EDS campus, we strongly encourage using public transportation, when possible. The campus is a short walk from the Harvard Square stop on the MBTA Red Line.  Please see below for additional parking options.

On foot from the Harvard Square RED LINE subway (the ‘T’ Station)
Take the Church Street exit from the station. Follow Church St. two blocks, and take a right on Brattle Street. After about four blocks, Brattle Street is intersected by Mason St. and Ash St. The EDS chapel and library can be seen from this intersection, on the right side of Brattle Street. Make a right between the chapel and library. Washburn Lounge (Check-in and Breakfast) and Washburn Auditorium is directly in front of you; and Sherrill Library (where workshops are held) will be to your right.

By car from the west (Mass. Pike, I-90):
take the Allston/Cambridge exit off the Pike, go through the tollbooth and follow the signs to Cambridge. Cross the bridge and turn left onto Memorial Drive. Take a right onto JFK (Kennedy) Street, go to the third light (Harvard Square), and take a left onto Brattle Street. Brattle forks to the right in about 50 yards: take this fork and follow Brattle Street about five blocks to where it is intersected by Mason and Ash streets. The EDS chapel and library can be seen from this intersection. Take a right onto Mason Street, go two blocks to the traffic light and take a left onto Garden Street. Go straight ahead for a short distance and take a left onto Berkeley Street by the side of the Sheraton Commander Hotel. Berkeley Street runs into the back of the EDS campus, in a short block and a half, you will see a small black sign with gold lettering saying “Episcopal Divinity School.” Please consider the following Parking Options before parking on the street or campus. Parking codes are strongly enforced.

PARKING OPTIONS

Alewife T-Station — $7 per day
Parking at the Alewife T-station is only $7 per day and is located one stop past Harvard Square. Parking
at Alewife and taking the RED LINE one stop inbound to Harvard Square will be the most economical and convenient parking option. In 10 minutes you will arrive at the Harvard Square stop and we are two to three blocks down the street.

Holyoke Center Parking Garage — $29 per day
Located 50 yards from Harvard Square, between Massachusetts Avenue and Mt. Auburn St.
Enter the garage from Holyoke St. Open 24 hours, 7 day a week.

Church Street Parking Lot — $34 per day
Located just off of Harvard Square at 41 Church St. Church Street is a convenient walk to our campus as it connects to Brattle St. If you are coming from west of Boston, and plan on heading down Rt. 2, an easy way
to get to Cambridge is by using the T. Parking at Alewife is convenient and simply board the Red Line. In 10 minutes you will arrive at the Harvard Square stop and we are two to three blocks down the street. Open 24 hours, 7 days a week.

CONFERENCE Logistics: All are  by Ramp and Elevator
A Conference brochure will be included in your registration packet detailing workshop rooms.
However, here is a preview of how to start your day:

8 to 9a —  Check-in | Washburn Lounge (second floor of Washburn Auditorium)

    • Pick up Conference Materials and Name Tags (alphabetized by organization)
    • Select Breakfast options and proceed to Washburn Auditorium by stairs or elevator.
    • Drop off literature from your organization for the Networking Room (Tyler, 7a to 5:30p)

9a to 10:15a — Welcome & Opening Keynote  |  Washburn Auditorium (lower floor)

    • Enjoy breakfast, coffee, and energizing plenary.

12:15p to 1:30p — Lunch Plenary (Lunch Provided)  |  Washburn Lounge to Auditorium

    • When you leave Session 1, return to Washburn Lounge to pick up a brown bag lunch of
      a sandwich or wrap, chips, fruit, cookie, and beverage. Vegetarian option is available.
    • Return to Washburn Auditorium to enjoy lunch and engaging plenary.

REMINDER:  Workshop Selections
If you have not yet made Workshop Selections do so today; and you will also have an opportunity to make selections at check-in.

REMINDER:  CEUs
Requirements from NASW for CEU credits require you to sign in by 9a and sign out after 4:30p each day. If you are an MSW, LCSW, LICSW, or other attendee desiring CEUs, you are encouraged to facilitate this process by completing the CEU Request Form.  There will also be an opportunity to sign up for CEUs on-site.

REMINDER:  Networking, Tabling, Hospitality: Tyler Room
ALL conference attendees are welcome to bring business cards, organizational literature, and give-a-ways to the Networking Room.  In this open space, attendees are encouraged to take a break, get to see who else is in this work with us, take and give to the tables; and chat a while with one another. 250 pieces of literature just might be enough to go around!

FACILITY & COMMUNITY:

Restrooms are Handicap Accessible by elevator in both buildings.

    • Washburn Auditorium — Mezzanine Level between the lounge and auditorium.
    • Sherrill Library — First and Second Floors
    • Gender Neutral — Sherrill Library, First Floor

Go Green – Recycle!

    • Please put paper and plastic refuse in the recycling bins at each exit; and food scraps in trash cans.

Food Justice:
Lunch gleanings (gather and share) are welcome on the community table in the lobby of Washburn. 

    • Please place unopened fruit, chips, cookies and drinks from your brown bag lunch on the table
      and feel free to take the same from the table as you desire.

 

Print out these instructions for your morning commute.
Coffee will be waiting!

  

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