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Gloria Sosa  |  Interests  |  Scholarship  |  Service  

Education:

Teaching Experience:

  • Assistant Professor - Saint Mary's College-CA (July 2012 - Present)
  • Full-time Adjunct Faculty - Saint Mary's College of California (July 2011 - July 2012)
  • Adjunct - University of Detroit - Mercy (2006 - 2007)
    Counseling Skills course in Master's of Counseling program
  • Special Instructor - Adjuct - Oakland University (August 27, 1997 - May 02, 2011)
    School of Education and Human Services, Department of Counseling Introduction to the Counseling Profession; Counseling in a Diverse Society; Group Counseling; Techniques of Counseling; Counseling Internship Department of Rhetoric, Communications and Journalism Presentation and Facilitation; COM 101: Collegiate Communications Kettering University, Flint, MI Kettering University, Kagle Leadership Initiative Program Consultant and Trainer University of Detroit, Mercy Instructor, Counseling Skills

Professional Experience:

  • Director, Center for Multicultural Initiatives - Oakland University (August 2001 - October 2005)
    Responsibility for Coordination of budgets exceeding $1,200,000. Write, administer, provide leadership and report on Michigan Department of Career Development Students First 4S grant initiative, funded at $356,000. Supervise professional, clinical and clerical staff, graduate interns, peer mentors and student assistants. Provide leadership and coordinate Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Awards Banquet. Provide leadership for campus wide cultural and ethnic diversity events; serve on committees. Conduct presentations and workshops for students, organizations, staff and external conferences. Use university academic and administrative computer programs, BANNER & MOODLE
  • Mental Health Counselor - Bilingual - Easter Seals Centro Latino (2001 - July 2011)
    Individual and group counseling, families, couples, children & adults in Spanish and English.
  • Clinical Supervisor - Strategic Counseling and Consulting (January 2000 - Present)
    Trained Clinical Supervisor; Academic program consultation and evaluation. Personal, Career and Multicultural Counseling; Diversity Specialist, Success Coach-Personal training, Academic and Personal Strategic planning.
  • Assistant Director, Center for Multicultural Initiatives - Oakland University (1998 - 2001)
    Developed and marketed programs to increase student recruitment and retention. Administered Oakland University Trustee Academic Success (OUTAS) program$300,000 budget. Monitored budget for Math Plus Select Student Support Services Grant - $456,000. Monitored budget for Office of Equity programs, $120,000. Supervised clerical staff, retention coordinator, graduate interns, peer mentors and student assistants. Provided individual and group counseling and advising to diverse group of students. Coordinated Peer Mentor Program, Diversity Ambassadors Program. Conducted presentations and workshops for students, organizations, staff and external conferences.
  • Retention Coordinator, Center for Multicultural Initiatives - Oakland University (1997 - 1998)
    Individual/group counseling to over sixty students; compiled data used in proposals, departmental reports & student recruitment Conducted presentations and workshops for students, organizations and staff.
  • Graduate Intern, Center for Multicultural Initiatives - Oakland University (1995 - 1997)
    Provided individual and group counseling and advising to thirty students; authored Peer Mentor Training Manual

Other Experience:

  • Faculty Co-Director, High Potential Program - Saint Mary's College of California (July 01, 2013 - Present)
  • OWNER - Once Around Sports, Inc (January 1990 - January 1995)
    owner/operator of new and used sporting goods store
  • Senior Store Manager and Corporate Trainer - Dunham's Athleisure Corporation (April 1983 - April 1990)

Awards:

  • Journal of Humanistic Counseling Distinguished Reviewer Award - Journal of Humanistic Counseling (January 2013)
  • Oakland University Graduate Counseling Student Organization Support and Zeal Award - Oakland University (April 2006)
  • MACRAO EEOC Award Winning Program, OUTAS. - Oakland University (June 2003)
    Excellence in creating program that impacts diversity in admissions.
  • Noel-Levitz Retention Excellence Award - OUTAS Program. - Oakland University (March 2001)
    National award recognizing innovative programs that positively impact retention of students to the institution.
  • Michigan Counseling Association Diversity Award for OUTAS Program. - Oakland University (February 2000)
    Michigan Counseling association award for innovative programs that implement counseling initiatives.

Grants:

  • Assessment Grant - Saint Mary's College of California (February 2014)
    Grant award for assessment of High Potential Program services and to review and develop SLOs for HP
  • Assessment Grant - Saint Mary's College of California (February 2014)
    Grant awarded to create signature assignments and grading rubrics for those assignments in all core classes in GCP
  • Tech Grant - Saint Mary's College of California (June 2012)
    Award to develop online virtual platform for counseling interaction skill building by using SecondLife Counselor Island
  • Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth, 2002-2006 Students First King, Chavez, Parks Initiative Select Student Support Services Grant, $356,000. - Oakland University (September 2002)
    This project addressed the need to establish intrusive, targeted support services to help students develop learning strategies to succeed in their coursework, and to establish strong relationships with faculty, staff, and campus leaders. Targeted, individual supports such as academic advising, tutoring, faculty mentoring, leadership development, counseling services and major and career exploration were implemented.
  • Michigan Department of Career Development, 2000-2002, Math Plus. King, Chavez, Parks Initiative Select Student Support Services Grant, $450,000. - Oakland University (September 2000)
    This program matched economically and academically disadvantaged students to faculty in the STEM majors who provided tutoring, academic mentoring, and connections to research opportunities. personal counseling, peer mentoring and leadership development were also provided.

Professional Licenses & Certifications:

Presentations:

Selected Presentations

  • Bilingual Counselors-in-Training: Advocacy in Action. Sosa, Gloria, Heid, Laura and Touset, Vanessa (panel or forum member)
    Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors
    (October 2013)
  • International Social Justice Counseling Advocacy Consortium. Sosa, Gloria and Jones, Janet WindWalker (primary presenter)
    Innaugural Conference for the International Social Justice Counseling Advocacy Consortium
    Description of the ACA visioning project
    (October 2013)
  • Identifying the Skills, Academic Assets, and Personal and Professional Challenges of Bilingual Students. Sosa, Gloria (other-Co-Presenter)
    Western Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors
    This presentation is designed to have both presenters and participants increase understanding of the strengths and challenges involved for bi/multilingual counselors and therapists in their personal and professional development. Life experiences of a bilingual graduate student and a bilingual counselor educator will illuminate the psychological and academic impacts of being bilingual in their educational journeys. Participants will be challenged to explore their own perceptions and practices when working with bi/multilingual students, whether in pre-K-12, undergraduate education, or graduate school. Also, we aim to have both presenters and participants increase our mutual understanding of the strengths and challenges involved for bi/multilingual counselors and therapists in their personal and professional development, as well as ways to further support them in this process. As a group, we will examine the implications of these issues for counselors and counselor education.
    (November 16, 2012)
  • School Discipline Policies and Cultural Competency: Asking the Tough Questions. Sosa, Gloria (primary presenter)
    Western Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors
    Research suggests that school-based discipline is disproportionately distributed racially/ethnically—contributing to academic and social/emotional struggles. This interactive session helps increase cultural competency, improve effectiveness with diverse populations, and develop skills as an advocate for your school community.
    (November 16, 2012)
  • School Discipline Policies and Cultural Competency: Asking the Tough Questions. Sosa, Gloria (primary presenter)
    HB McDANIEL-California Association for School Counselors Northern California Conference
    Ever noticed the same students repeatedly getting into trouble? Ever wondered if it’s fair? Research suggests that school-based discipline is disproportionately distributed racially/ethnically—contributing to academic and social/emotional struggles. This interactive session helps increase cultural competency, improve effectiveness with diverse populations, and develop skills as an advocate for your school community.
    (November 10, 2012)
  • CAREER-LIFE BALANCE AND SELF-CARE IN THE CURRENT ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT: THE NEW NORMAL. Sosa, Gloria (primary presenter)
    HB McDANIEL-California Association for School Counselors Northern California Conference
    Career-life balance is an elusive goal that can stymie even the most ardent self-care proponents. This interactive workshop will help participants identify the areas where career-life balance is lacking, and learn how to keep several balls in the air while still preserving one’s sense of self. Strategies to understand career and life planning through self-awareness and attention to the realities one may be facing that block motivation for change will be reviewed.
    (November 10, 2012)
  • Understanding Intercultural Interactions through Self-Awareness: Working with Parents. Sosa, Gloria (talk, speech or lecture, invited, primary presenter)
    Presentation to Saint Mary's College of California PPS Alumni Group regarding understanding intercultural interaction and methods of communication with parents and students in K-12 settings.
    (March 26, 2012)
  • Discipline Policies, Successful Schools, and Racial Justice: A Discussion. Sosa, Gloria (talk, speech or lecture, primary presenter)
    Northern California CASC Conference, Stanford University
    A National Education Policy Center report was released in October 2011, entitled Discipline Policies, Successful Schools, and Racial Justice by Losen. The report presents the alarming reality that disciplinary disparities in middle schools among racial and ethnic minorities, but especially among Black males, are negatively impacting student performance, retention and persistence in school. This session will provide an opportunity for school counselors to discuss some of their experiences with this issue, and what counselors are exposed to in their schools. The presenter will provide a handout outlining the main issues discussed in the report to give participants the opportunity to comment on and conduct a dialogue addressing the implications of this report on the classroom, the school, and education in the United States.
    (November 12, 2011)
  • Understanding Intercultural Interactions through Self-Awareness: Working with Parents, Stanford University, 2011. Sosa, Gloria (talk, speech or lecture, primary presenter)
    Northern California CASC Conference, Stanford University
    Do you find yourself dreading meetings with a students parents when there has been a conflict or an academic issue? As school counselors, it is often our role to interact directly with parents who may not fully understand the goals of the educational system, or the needs of their child within the educational system. This interactive workshop is designed to provide creative strategies and interventions to help validate parents protectiveness over their children while helping counselors effectively manage the conflict or academic issue. By incorporating useful intercultural interventions and strategies attained through counselor self-awareness exercises processed in the workshop, positive and effective parent-counselor interactions can result, and counselor anxiety can be reduced. Special attention will be paid to intercultural differences within psychosocial structures that may surface when involved in school counseling and conflict resolution.
    (November 12, 2011)
  • Visionary Thinking. Sosa, Gloria (talk, speech or lecture)
    Kettering University KAGLE Leadership Initiative
    The focus of this workshop will be the value of visionary thinking (i.e., thinking outside the box). Self-marketing, in the context of self-awareness and leadership manifestation is developed in this session. Exposure to media/family/social and peer issues effect on student performance and leadership attainment is considered. Appropriate verbal/non-verbal responses in the context of resource and direction-giving are investigated. Interpretation; Confrontation; Resistance; Self-Evaluation
    (April 2011)
  • Ethics, Inspiration & Motivation. Sosa, Gloria and Reed, Cristina (talk, speech or lecture, primary presenter)
    Kettering University KAGLE Leadership Initiative
    This months session will focus on the power of inspiration and motivation in our daily lives and explore the internal and external resources that empower us to make a difference in our own lives and the lives of others, especially the less fortunate. It will be followed by a discussion about the infusion of traditional and new age practices in the workplace and in the community. Inner spirituality and its relation to personal growth and leadership development is discussed in the context of manifesting personal and professional goals.
    (March 2011)
  • How to Use Politics to Succeed Interpersonally. Sosa, Gloria (talk, speech or lecture, primary presenter)
    Kettering University KAGLE Leadership Initiative
    The session will primarily focus on executive or governmental leadership development, community involvement at the local governmental level, creating relationships with governmental leaders and grass roots organizing. Learning to apply political skills to growing with a company to climb the corporate ladder and to model personal strategic planning will be explored.
    (February 2011)
  • Adaptation to Changes in Self: The Importance of Passion in Leadership and Career Development. Sosa, Gloria and Reed, Cristina (talk, speech or lecture, primary presenter)
    This workshop allows participants to examine the process of understanding self through career goals, aspirations and changes that can occur when life plans are altered. The concept of developing consistent personal-brainstorming to drive goal-setting is explored. Understanding "who am I today" vs. "who I might become" to offset career change anxiety. How to be conscious of the potential that can develop from creating a path rather than following one.
    (January 2011)
  • Communication and Leadership Styles. Sosa, Gloria
    Kettering University KAGLE Leadership Initiative
    An interactive session on the art of communication in the workplace, from the handshake and eye contact to body language, word choice and political positioning. Interactive session conducted. The focus will be on enhancing teambuilding skills within the group. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator will be administered and interpreted. Personality traits of the participants will be discussed in the context of learning and leadership styles and their impact in mentoring, organizations, and the workplace. Kagle Leadership Initiatives desired goals and outcomes, ethics, confidentiality, appropriate mentor/mentee relationship and self-evaluation (MBTI) will be discussed.
    (November 2010)
  • Understanding and Appreciating Diversity in Self and Other. Sosa, Gloria (talk, speech or lecture, primary presenter)
    Michigan College Personnel Association
    Value structure and difference in the context of counseling and mentoring diverse populations will be discussed. Appropriate use of interventions in mentoring and business relationships will be considered. Appropriate confrontation and responses to resistance in managing diverse relationships is practiced.
    (October 2010)
  • Who Should be Led by You?. Sosa, Gloria (talk, speech or lecture, primary presenter)
    Kettering University KAGLE Leadership Initiative
    Understanding the critical role of a mentor as leader. Interactive, experiential workshop designed to awaken the leader in you.
    (September 2010)
  • Selected Presentations. Sosa, Gloria (talk, speech or lecture, primary presenter)
    Expectations vs. Reality/Inner Conflict Management:Who am I?
    The superhuman leader and perfectionism will be explored. Managing time, appropriate methods to model goal setting, consistent self-evaluation and personal growth as a role model will be discussed. Understanding leadership and mentoring as synonymous. The importance of developing mentoring and leadership skills and identity, as well as the appropriate use of self-disclosure will be considered.
    (September 2010)
  • Understanding Diversity for First Year College Students. Sosa, Gloria (talk, speech or lecture, primary presenter)
    Kettering University Freshman Orientation
    Two-hour workshop conducted for over 500 first-year students at a predominantly white, private technical university designed to help students explore their self-awareness regarding intercultural relations.
    (July 2007)
  • Possibility ThinkingDealing Productively With Difference in the Classroom: A Paradigm Shift. Sosa, Gloria (talk, speech or lecture, primary presenter)
    Faculty Diversity Series, Macomb Community College, Macomb, Michigan
    This interactive workshop will prompt participants to explore a deeper understanding of the origins of educational gaps throughout history. The importance of determining that methodology incorporating cultural competencies is a vital component of learning communication in a multicultural environment will be examined. The theme of a politically correct vs. a genuineness in communication environment will be discussed. Strategies for integrating intercultural communication in the classroom will be investigated and evaluated.
    (April 07, 2006)
  • Revolutionizing Our Commitment to Diversity: A Personal Look at Cultural Competency in Higher Education. Sosa, Gloria (talk, speech or lecture, primary presenter)
    Faculty Diversity Series, Macomb Community College, Macomb, Michigan
    This interactive workshop will ask participants to reflect on the origin and development of attitudes in students, faculty and the institution regarding issues of diversity and cross cultural understanding. Participants will explore personal development of attitudes and value systems. The idea that socially and institutionally indoctrinated belief systems have impacted cross-cultural understanding will also be explored. Participants will learn to recognize internal and external triggers that may produce barriers to creating positive intercultural relationships.
    (February 08, 2006)
  • Certain Uncertainty: Young Adulthood as Foundational Fortitude or Frustration. Sosa, Gloria (talk, speech or lecture, primary presenter)
    Oakland University Graduate Counseling Department Regional Conference
    This interactive workshop will examine the variables impacting decision-making and life choices among persons in young adulthood. Experiential activities will encourage participants to: -examine self as related to decision-making and how external forces impact and drive our lives, and -to consider the current state of young adults as lives are negotiated through the current society.
    (2005)
  • Revolutionizing Our Commitment to Diversity: A Personal Look at Cultural Competency in Higher Education. Sosa, Gloria and Brown-El, Omar (talk, speech or lecture, primary presenter)
    Michigan College Personnel Association, Annual Diversity Summit,
    This interactive program addresses self-acknowledgement of contrived notions unconsciously working against our ability to creatively engage a diverse group of students and consequently impact student retention. Participants will be involved in an experiential journey and discussion of self-understanding and awareness to explore learned, ingrained stereotypes and beliefs that cloud objective and productive retention of diverse populations.
    (June 2004)
  • The Regeneration of Self Through Loss. Sosa, Gloria and Chisholm, Lizanne (talk, speech or lecture, other-Interactive Workshop)
    Oakland University Graduate Counseling Department Regional Conference
    An experiential journey encouraging the potential for true construction of self through the loss of a significant other. Learn how the interdependent relationship impacts the definition of self after loss. Tools to assist clients who are exploring the answer to the question: who am I now? will be considered.
    (April 2004)
  • Students First: Your Ticket to Success. Sosa, Gloria (talk, speech or lecture, primary presenter)
    Noel-Levitz National Conference on Student Retention, Boston, MA
    Presentation of King, Chavez, Parks Initiative Student's First Grant
    (March 2004)
  • Revolutionizing Our Commitment to Diversity: The OUTAS Program. Sosa, Gloria and McIntosh, Glenn (talk, speech or lecture)
    National Assessment Institute, Conference on Assessment, Indianapolis, Indiana

    Presentation of outcomes of Oakland University Trustee Academic Scholarship Program.
    (2004)
  • Affirming Our Commitment to Diversity: The Oakland University Trustee Academic Success Program. Sosa, Gloria (talk, speech or lecture, primary presenter)
    National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Boston, MA
    OUs Trustee Academic Success (OUTAS) program is fast becoming a national model for building cultural diversity and retention. OUTAS students are more likely to stay enrolled and perform better academically than other OU students. OUTAS helps racially, ethnically and economically diverse students excel in their coursework, shows them how to be campus leaders, promotes respect for cultural differences and prepares them to work in a global workforce. This presentation will highlight the positive outcomes of the program, and provide effective tools and ideas to implement a like program on your campus.
    (March 2002)
  • Knowing Me, Knowing You: Managing Diversity in the Workplace. Sosa, Gloria (talk, speech or lecture, primary presenter)
    Oakland County, Michigan, Employment Diversity Council, Diversity Training,
    This interactive workshop will invite participants to reflect on actions they have witnessed or participated in within the workplace environment that have positively or negatively impacted their understanding of diversity. Examples of negative stereotyping, positive responses, experiential activities and effective strategies will compliment this workshop.
    (January 2002)
  • Revolutionizing Our Commitment to Diversity: A Personal Look at Cultural Competency in Higher Education. Sosa, Gloria (talk, speech or lecture, primary presenter)
    Equity in the Classroom Conference: Teaching Cultural Competency, Central Michigan University
    (2002)
  • Coping With Sexually Explicit Messages: Effects on our Children. Sosa, Gloria (talk, speech or lecture, invited, primary presenter)
    Birmingham-Bloomfield (MI) Families in Action
    (2002)
  • It's all about me: Defining Multicultural Awareness in the Counseling Profession. Sosa, Gloria (talk, speech or lecture, primary presenter)
    Oakland University Graduate Counseling Department Regional Conference
    Self-acknowledgement of contrived notions unconsciously working against our ability to counsel individuals from diverse cultures is the first step in understanding multicultural counseling. Participants will be engaged in an experiential journey through self-understanding and awareness to explore learned, ingrained stereotypes and beliefs that cloud objective and productive counseling of diverse populations.
    (2002)
  • Finding Your Future: What Do I Need to Succeed?. Sosa, Gloria (talk, speech or lecture, invited, primary presenter)
    Family Matters Conference, Youth Keynote Speaker, Oakland Community College Auburn Hills, MI.
    (2001)
  • Real World Relationships: Can We Hear Each Other?. Sosa, Gloria and Reed, Cristina (talk, speech or lecture, invited)
    Family Matters Conference, Oakland Community College Auburn Hills, MI.
    (2001)
  • Revolutionizing Our Commitment to Diversity: A Personal Look at Cultural Competency in Higher Education. Sosa, Gloria (talk, speech or lecture, primary presenter)
    Noel-Levitz National Conference on Student Retention, Washington, DC
    (July 2000)
  • Revolutionizing Our Commitment to Diversity: A Personal Look at Cultural Competency in Higher Education. Sosa, Gloria and McIntosh, Glenn (talk, speech or lecture)
    People of Color in Predominantly White Institutions National Conference, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
    (1999)
  • Affirming Our Commitment to Diversity: The Oakland University Trustee Academic Success Program. Sosa, Gloria and McIntosh, Glenn (talk, speech or lecture)
    Michigan State University Student Success Conference, East Lansing, MI
    (1999)
  • Affirming Our Commitment to Diversity: The Oakland University Trustee Academic Success Program. Sosa, Gloria and McIntosh, Glenn (talk, speech or lecture)
    National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Chicago, IL
    (1999)

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