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Diverse, Where? Lack of Faculty Diversity in Counselor Education Programs
Friday, July 09, 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EDT
Category: LPCA Sponsored NBCC approved

The purpose of this workshop serves to highlight the damaging consequences of monolithic pedagogy, specifically how lack of diversity in faculty leads to lack of diversity among students. While offering reasonable suggestions for reconciling this issue, this workshop will promote the significance of reinforcing environments that encourage diversity and diverse practices. Furthermore, discriminatory policies will be reviewed while encouraging attendees to offer their own suggestions and respective experiences that contextualize this topic. In addition to how the current conditions of academia can feel hostile and uninviting for qualified applicants, the presenters will offer how representations in their programs shaped their experiences. By the end, attendees will leave charged to advocate for engaging practices in surveying, interviewing, hiring, promoting, and retaining diverse faculty members.

Objective 1:
To highlight the academic and personal impacts that the lack of cultural diversity amongst graduate school faculty have on ALL graduate students.

Objective 2:
To identify mechanisms to navigate the lack of cultural diversity amongst graduate school faculty to ensure academic and personal success for ALL graduate students.

Objective 3:

To demonstrate the importance of cultural competency and representation within higher education systems.

Objective 4:
To promote development of evolved, critical thought as it pertains to cultural diversity and competency for future advancement in higher education staffing and graduate program implementation that benefits its constituents and the people they will ultimately serve.

Presenters:  Anisha Cooper, LPC, NCC, CCTP, Brentia Caldwell, LPC, ACS and Dazzmen N. Davis, NCC, APC, LCMHC-A

Anisha is a licensed professional counselor, board certified counselor, a certified employee assistance specialist, and a certified clinical trauma professional specializing in trauma recovery, especially with people of color in the LGBTQ+ community. She is most known for providing healing spaces for black queer folks to unwind and embody their authentic selves. In doing so, she's shared healing practices with major television networks and worked with celebrity clients on their mental health journeys. Her own journey started at Georgia Southern University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry and a concentration in Psychology. Soon after, she completed her Master of Education with a concentration in Community Mental Health Counseling. As she pursues her Ph.D. in Counselor Education at Mercer University, her intention is to make room for people of color in academia. Likewise, her research is focused on breaking generational curses and barriers to mental health care within the black community.

Brentia Caldwell is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, former School Counselor, and current doctoral student at Mercer University. Brentia is the owner and director of her own private counseling practice where she provides individual counseling services for adults and facilitates group counseling on a variety of topics including anxiety, chronic illness, and stress management. She also provides licensure supervision for mental health clinicians seeking full state counseling licensure in Georgia. Brentia plans to utilize her current skillset and doctoral education to develop a CACREP accredited counseling program at a Historically Black College/University while maintaining her current role of providing counseling and supervision services in her private counseling practice.

Dazzmen is a second year doctoral student in the Counselor Education and Supervision program at the Atlanta Campus of Mercer University.

Date: Friday, July 9, 2021

Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am

CE Hours: 1.5 Hours Core


Registration Fee:  $10 for LPCA Members
                              $35 for Nonmembers

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This is an LPCA Approved Workshop