Counselor Education faculty win awards, lecture at conferences

The 13th Cross-Cultural Counseling and Education Conference for Research, Action and Change was held in Savannah, Georgia Feb. 7-8. Several faculty and students from the Department of Counselor Education, Leadership, and Research presented and attended this year’s conference. Among the presenters were: Dr. Richard Deaner and student Summer Allen, whose presentation was entitled, “Reality TV: Bane or Cultural Bounty for Counselors in Training;” Dr. Darla Linville whose presentation was entitled, “Creating an Inclusive Community for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer and Questioning Teens;” Dr. Lenares-Solomon and student Tanya Lorenzi, whose presentation was entitled, “Analyzing the Role of the School Counselor in Combating Gender-Based Violence- specifically sex trafficking;” and Dr. Paulette Harris, who presented “Music Promoted Multicultural Understandings for Students in Juvenile Justice Settings.”

Dr. Laura Wheat and counselor education graduate student Pam Fable have had a workshop accepted for the 18th Annual National Alliance for Grieving Children Symposium in Atlanta, GA. Their workshop, titled “From Shadow to Light: Supporting Grieving African American Youth Through Multiple Connectedness,” will be presented in June 2014.

On Feb. 1, Dr. Paulette Harris received the volunteer award for her efforts – including fundraising – for USA Dance, a national ballroom dance education program-aimed at encouraging everyone to dance. Her role is to urge youth especially to learn to ballroom dance. They recently received a Target grant to involve middle graders in ballroom dance.

Dr. Paulette Harris and Dr. Sam Hardy participated in the High School U program by visiting Paul Knox Middle School in North Augusta as part of their Career Awareness program.

The GRU Literacy Center recently hosted Dr. Marie Carbo, of the National Reading Styles Institute, for the first step of evaluating the Literacy Center to become a National Reading Styles Exemplary Program.

Dr. Darla Linville is volunteering at the Georgia Safe Schools Coalition GSA Summit on Saturday, Feb. 15 at Agnes Scott College.

Dr. Darla Linville and Dr. Megan Buning have volunteered to judge senior boards at Lakeside High School in March.

Dr. Charles Jackson made two presentations in Baton Rouge. The first, with Lurelia Hardy, was entitled “The Affordable Healthcare Act and Its Impact on African Americans.” The second presentation was on charter schools: “Afrocentric and the growth in New Orleans.” He was also the moderator for the College Quiz Bowl held at Southern University.

Dr. Paulette Harris gave two presentations at the Eastern Educational Research Association conference in Jacksonville, Fla., Feb. 19-22.

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