Active Cultural Exploration (ACE) Committee

This committee will advise the Department of Marital and Family Therapy on cultural considerations in education and community outreach, and provides professional development to alumni on cultural awareness through workshops, community excursions, research opportunities, and art events.

The committee is composed of faculty representatives, an alumni chair, and alumni members. Active members are expected to make a year commitment, meeting once a month at Loyola Marymount University.

During their tenure, members will help create the agenda for alumni professional development - recommending speakers, field trips, and other events related to cultural exploration. Members will also advise the department on matters as they arise.

If you are interested in joining the ACE committee, or learning more, please email or attend the first meeting following the October 1st workshop.

ACE Fall 2017 Schedule

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings take place in the LMU department suite, UHall 2500.

Group Art Therapy with Immigrant Populations

October 1, 10:00 – 11:00am (2 CEUs)
Ruth Xilomen Rios

This presentation features case presentations on group art therapy with the immigrant community. Ruth Xilomen Rios will share ideas regarding art interventions and address critical issues faced by this population. Given the current affairs, she will provide an informational session regarding DACA and distribute practical resources aimed at protecting immigrant rights

ACE Meeting
11:15am – 12:30pm

Considerations in Digital Art Therapy

October 21, 10:00 – 11:00am (2 CEUs)
Nancy Choe

This workshop surveys digital literacy and digital materiality in art therapy and examines the cultural and ethical complexities between the digital and physical worlds. Using presentation, vignettes, and discussion groups, participants will explore practical tools to navigate the diverse and at times treacherous digital landscape.

ACE Meeting
11:15am – 12:30pm

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings take place in the LMU department suite, UH 2500.

Mental Health & Trauma with American Indian Populations

November 18, 10:00 – 11:00am (2 CEUs)
Virgina Arvizu

Virginia Arvizu will talk about how mental health and trauma has affected the American Indian population in the Los Angeles area, and will share how using culture along with treatment can reduce the symptoms of mental illness and increase the families stability

ACE Meeting
11:15am – 12:30pm

ACE Meeting

December 3, 11:00am – 12:30pm

Craft & Folk Art Museum Field Trip

The US-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination and Possibility
December 10, 11:00am (2 CEUs)

Since the 1990s, the U.S.-Mexico border has become an important site for creative exploration of issues related to emigration, immigration, labor conditions, hybrid identities, and transformation. The U.S.-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility presents the work of contemporary artists who explore the border as a physical reality (place), as a subject (imagination), and as a site for production and solution (possibility).