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State and National Presentations by Two at U of M, Crookston Focus on Cultural Competency, HIV, and the Future of Africans in Minnesota

By ltollefs on
Friday, August 21, 2009

Crookston, Minn.  - University of Minnesota, Crookston Assistant Professor Alvin Killough,Ph.D., received a scholarship to attend the 2009 National HIV Prevention Conference in Atlanta, Ga., in late August. He attended the conference on behalf of Strengthening Africans' Resilience and Excellence (S.A.R.X.), a Minneapolis-based community organization investing in the future of Africans in Minnesota.
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Priority for the scholarship was given to individuals whose work in the local community would be enhanced and to those who would have opportunity to share the skills and knowledge gained during the conference. The sponsorship, funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, covered the airfare, hotel, meals, and the conference registration.

Earlier in the year, Dr. Killough was joined by Mrs. Eryn Killough, a teaching specialist at the U of M, Crookston, to present at Cultural Competency: Equity and The Future of Black Education, a conference held in mid-August at Normandale Community College. The conference was sponsored by the Minnesota Humanities Center. The Killoughs' presentation and subsequent workshop topic was: Does Culture Really Matter? The conference provided a cross-cultural forum for educators and examined how to effectively increase the quality of classroom instruction.

In July, the Killoughs spoke to the Community Cooperative Council on HIV/AIDS Prevention (CCCHAP). Their presentation and workshop topic was: Advocacy: A guide to active HIV outreach for underserved ethnic communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The CCCHAP is a community planning group that advises the Minnesota Department of Health on its work related to HIV prevention.

Alvin Killough, Ph.D., is a cultural-Ecological Community and Organization Psychologist.  He maintains an active consultancy and a demonstrated commitment to organization and community capacity building especially in terms of diversity training, cultural competency assessment, and evaluation of multi-cultural outreach practices. He teaches at the University of Minnesota, Crookston in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (AHSS) Department.

Killough_Eryn Gee 3533.jpgEryn Killough is an experienced translational research specialist in re-conceptualizing social, economic and political pathologies, and organizational practices that can lead to health and education disparities. She is part of the Academic Advisement Center and Student Support Services at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, working with students in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program.  

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit

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