Bindis, Burqas, and Blackface: When Does Cultural "Borrowing" Become Ignorant Appropriation?

8:45am - June 21, 2022 thru 11:00am - June 21, 2022 | Timezone: US/Central
Great Lakes MHTTC
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The Great Lakes MHTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders.




In recent years the term cultural appropriation has emerged as a hot-button topic in society and can carry significant implications for marginalized cultural groups. This workshop will discuss what is cultural appropriation and how do we celebrate a culture versus appropriating it. We will explore this pertinent issue through looking at specific examples in the media and community, the impact of cultural appropriation as well as strategies at the individual, institutional, and societal levels to reduce it. 




  • Introduce the concept of cultural appropriation and explore examples as they relate to education, media, and the workplace.
  • Discuss the implications of cultural appropriation on marginalized groups including the psychological, emotional, and social impact.
  • Explore various strategies to reduce appropriation at the individual, institutional, and societal levels.
  • Foster a dialogue around the intersectionality of cultural appropriation and microaggressions.




Registrants who fully attend this event or training will be eligible to receive 2.0 hours of continuing education from the MN Board of Social Work. Certificates are disseminated via email to all qualifying individuals approximately two weeks after the conclusion of the event or training. 




Fiyyaz Karim

Fiyyaz Karim, Psy.D., is a resident faculty member in the master of professional studies in integrated behavioral health and master of professional studies in addictions counseling programs at the University of Minnesota.


Prior to working in higher education, Karim was employed in community mental health outpatient settings, many addressing the needs of underserved and minority populations. His clinical interests include identity development, grief and loss, social justice issues, health psychology, trauma, and PTSD. He has conducted professional training sessions and presented on diversity issues including microaggressions, cultural appropriation, and racial identity.


Karim has done clinical work and research in grief and loss, with an emphasis on unemployment, divorce (or relationship losses), chronic illness, addictions, and more recently losses with the pandemic. He has also done mental health work and research in trauma/PTSD, especially with immigrants/refugees.