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2023 Fall Conference

October 12, 2023 @ 8:00 am - October 13, 2023 @ 5:00 pm

$150.00 – $325.00

RACE and Identity: Going deeper to grow stronger

KCTI 12th Annual Conference 2023

Dates: October 12 8:30am-5pm & October 13, 8:30am- 4:00pm

Live & In-Person | Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel, 12201 Ridgedale Dr Minnetonka, MN  55305


A two-day conference for people of color and white allies in mental and behavioral healthcare, education, youth services, faith, government, activism, and the broader community.

At KCTI’s 12th annual fall conference we will once again convene as a community and address the needs of the Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) community.

This year we invite you to join us as we “Go deeper to grow stronger”.  It is our plan to continue to lean in to perusing JOY and Liberation. We will do this by exploring how we empower racism through practices were we relinquish our power.  In the process racism and racist practices take up all the air leaving little room for us to embrace other parts of our identity.  As people we often struggle to explore, understand and embrace our strengths and or weaknesses because our walls of protection are built so high.  This protective defense traps the natural flow of learning.  It confines stuff on either side of the wall preventing a natural flow, which stops growth from occurring.

We have invited Dr. Manijeh Daneshpour, PhD, LMFT, Dr. Robin DiAngelo and others to share their experience and model how we can develop practices that allow us to see the walls that we have built  to protect us.  They will help us explore how to break free of these walls that now hold us captive. We must stand in our individual and collective power in an attempt to stop surviving and lean into THRIVING.

Over the last eleven years, with your help, we have cultivated a trusted and supportive space for marginalized voices to be centered and cared for. Well over 3,000 Indigenous, Black and other members of communities of culture along with allied white bodies of European decent have accepted our invitation to be both bold and vulnerable while engaging in honest conversations. As we continue on in our mission to support participants toward communal healing, we believe it is also necessary to continue to grow and expand our work and deepen our successes.


  • Explore what going deeper looks like for each of us
  • Identify parts of your identity that desires to be liberated
  • Develop understanding of what your walls of protections are and how to break free
  • Evaluate how we relinquish our power to race and racist practices


Hotel Option:

Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel –  for $148.00 USD per night

Kente Circle Training Room Block

Start Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2023

End Date: Friday, October 13, 2023

Last Day to Book: Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Click here: Book your group rate for Kente Circle Training Room Block


Speakers Information


Dr. Manijeh Daneshpour is the systemwide couple and family therapy director and distinguished marriage and family therapy professor at Alliant International University in California. She is also a licensed marriage and family therapist with three decades of academic, research, and clinical experience. Dr. Daneshpour has served as the chair of Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy as well as chair of the election committee for the Minnesota Association for Marriage and Family Therapist. She is from Iran and identifies herself as a third-wave feminist. Dr. Daneshpour’s main research areas, publications, and presentations have centered on gender, multiculturalism, social justice, postmodernism, third-wave feminism, and premarital and marital relationships. She recently published a book titled: Gender, Power, Global Social Justice: The Healing Power of Psychotherapy, published by Routledge in 2022.
Dr. DiAngelo DiAngelo is an Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington. In addition, she holds two Honorary Doctorates. She is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. She has numerous publications and books. In 2011 she coined the term White Fragility in an academic article which has influenced the international dialogue on race. Her book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism has been translated into 12 languages. Her follow up book, Nice Racism: How Progressive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm was released in June of 2021. Her work and interviews have been featured on CBS, MSNBC, the New York Times, the Guardian, the BBC, NPR and PBS, among many other forums. In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo has been a consultant and educator for over 25 years on issues of racial and social justice.
Larry Tucker is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and co-founder and CEO of Kente Circle, LLC, a South Minneapolis clinic providing culturally responsive mental health services and professional development training since 2004. In 2015, Tucker founded Kente Circle Training Institute to meet increasing demand for the nonprofit training work of Kente Circle. He has been a Practicum Supervisor and Assistant Professor for the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Saint Mary’s University since 2007. From 2004-2008, he taught advanced Marriage and Family Therapy Skills and Multicultural Studies at Argosy University. In addition to his role as KCTI Board President, Tucker has served on the University of Minnesota Trauma Recovery Project’s Behavior Health Practitioners Committee as well as on the Advisory Board for the Marriage and Family Therapy program at St. Mary’s University and University of WI-Stout’s MFT Program. He is a Bush Foundation Fellow (2016) and has received numerous awards for his work in the community. In 2015, Tucker was recognized as a finalist in the Neighborhood Development Center’s business growth and entrepreneur of the year category.


Fall Conference Agenda



October 12, 2023 @ 8:00 am
October 13, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
$150.00 – $325.00
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Kente Circle Training Institute
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Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel
12201 Ridgedale Dr
Minnetonka, MN 55305 United States
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