Diversity & Democracy Conference

Keynote Speaker


Keynote Address
“The Changing Face of Diversity and Democracy and Implications on Higher Education"
Kevin Leo Yabut Nadal, Ph.D., is a professor, psychologist, performer, activist, and author who received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Columbia University. As a professor of psychology and mental health counseling at John Jay College of Criminal Justice—City University of New York, he has published several works focusing on Filipino American, ethnic minority, and LGBTQ issues in the fields of psychology and education. He is also the deputy director of the Forensic Mental Health Counseling program at John Jay College, a diversity facilitator and consultant, and a psychologist-trainer for the NYPD.
Dr. Nadal’s research has focused primarily on multicultural issues in psychology, including impacts of racial discrimination and racial/ethnic/sexual identity development on mental health. His work on Filipino Americans has advocated for disaggregating broad racial categories, understanding marginalized populations, and dispelling the Model Minority Myth. His current research focuses on the impact of microaggressions, or subtle discrimination, on people of color, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals.
A California-bred New Yorker, Kevin is also a stand-up comedian and spoken word artist who has performed across the United States since 2000. He was named one of People Magazine’s hottest bachelors in 2006, he was a guest on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” and he has been featured on The Filipino Channel, the History Channel, Philippine News, and Filipinas Magazine. He is the author of the new book, “Filipino American Psychology: A Handbook of Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice,” which is available on amazon.com.


For more information about the speaker, please visit: http://www.kevinnadal.com/










Center on Democracy in a Multiracial Society
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