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Professional Affiliations:

  • International Social Justice Counseling Advocacy Consortium
    (March 2013 - Present)
    The ISJCAC is grounded in the premise that including diverse perspectives to develope a congruent conceptualization of social justice advocacy in counseling and allied professions. An underlying theme is an emphasis on resisting an “either-or” perspective, and inviting an “and/also” perspective. It is critical this organization, founded on the premise of inclusion, partnership, and alliance building, resist any temptation to isolate any faction willing to rise from a place of exclusion and create a future of association through our mutual interests to address injustice and oppression among marginalized populations.
  • Western Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors
    (September 2012)
    The Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (WACES) was founded in 1961 as one of five regional organizations of the national Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES). WACES counts among its members professionals and students from Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington, as well as Pacific Rim countries. WACES seeks to advance the education, credentialing, and supervision of counselors. The association advocates for a multicultural approach that honors diversity and promotes the mastering of knowledge, skills, and competencies of its members who work in guidance, counseling, and student personnel services in all settings of society.
  • Counselors for Social Justice
    (January 2009)
  • American Counseling Association
    (November 2005)
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
    (November 2005)
  • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development
    (November 2005)
  • Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling
    (November 2005)
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
    (November 1997)

Professional Service:

  • Association for Humanistic Counseling Representative to the Social Justice Leadership Project
    (March 2013)
    Invited to represent the Association for Humanistic Counseling (National Organization) at the 2013 Social Justice Leadership Development Project at the 2013 American Counseling Association’s Annual Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio on Thursday March 21, 2013. This is a prestigious invitation to work with nationally prominent leaders in the field of counseling as we strive to develop Social Justice Advocacy as the "Fifth Force" in the counseling profession. Michael D'Andrea and Allen Ivey, who personify the voices for social justice advocacy in the counseling and psychology professions, will lead this intensive vision-building session.
  • Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology Review Board
    (2011 - 2014)
    Review manuscripts for publication
  • Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education, and Development Journal Review Board
    (2010 - 2014)
    Review manuscripts for publication
  • American Counseling Association Conference Program Reviewer
    (2009 - 2013)
  • Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors Conference Program Reviewer
    (2009 - 2014)
  • Brooks/Cole-Thompson Learning Book Reviewer
    (2009)
  • Cengage Publications Book Reviewer
    (2009)
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators National Conference Program reviewer
    (2006)

University Service:

  • Faculty Co-Director, High Potential Program
    (August 2013 - Present)
    Co-Director of SMC signature retention initiative, now celebrating its 40th Year, the SMC High Potential Program, providing support, mentoring, FYAC and Summer Bridge to First Generation to College students.
  • College Committee on Inclusive Excellence
    (August 2013 - Present)
    From the CCIE WEBPAGE: Inclusive excellence is a phrase used to describe the quality of academic achievement that can only be realized in diverse communities where all students have equitable opportunities to succeed. At Saint Mary’s College, we believe that we can reach greater heights of excellence by learning from diverse people in our community and creating a culture in which we are all valued, respected, and supported. We envision a community that goes beyond the tolerance of difference to one that is guided by social justice, cultural competence and engaged citizenship. The College Committee on Inclusive Excellence (CCIE) believes inclusivity is essential to achieving the standards of excellence to which we aspire.
  • Campus of Difference Facilitator
    (August 2013 - Present)
    From the COD Website: The Campus of Difference workshop is a day designed to create community among faculty and staff and to begin conversations about what it means to be a diverse community. This workshop is required for all faculty and staff, at least once every three years. This is a highly interactive (no lecturing!) day with lots of time to talk with other faculty and staff from across campus that you probably don't know. You will also come away with a resource book for future reference!
  • Social Justice Coordinating Committee
    (July 01, 2013 - Present)
    From the SJCC website: The faculty, staff and students of the Social Justice Coordinating Committee (SJCC) are responsible for developing a unified vision and implementing a plan for integrating a social justice ethos across the curricular and co-curricular experience at Saint Mary’s College.
  • Quality Improvement Committee
    (July 2013 - Present)
  • Graduate Counseling Program Student Organization - ADVISOR
    (January 2013)
    Provide consultation to GCP students developing a new organization.
  • KSOE Writing Proficiency Exam Committee - Chairperson
    (December 2012)
    Committee Charge: To develop a comprehensive structure by which to administer the writing proficiency examination (WPE) to KSOE students, while valuing the unique needs of each program and the specific needs of students.
  • Center for FIrst Generation to College Studies Advisory Board
    (September 19, 2012)
  • WASC Executive Steering Committee
    (August 2012)
    Participate in process of institutional self-study process for reaccreditation.
  • Institutional Review Board Committee -Interim KSOE Rep
    (July 2012 - May 2012)
    Review submissions for institutional research.
  • 2012 Summer Leadership Institute: “Equity and Inclusion Through a Leadership Lens: What Works in Education.”
    (June 21, 2012)
    Moderator, by invitation, of a panel on current diversity and inclusion issues in the field of education; planning committee
  • Critical Friends Reading Group
    (February 2012)
  • KSOE Scholarship Committee
    (2012 - Present)
  • KSOE Scholarship Committee
    (October 2011)
    To review scholarship applications and make recommendations, as a committee about eligible student recipients based on scholarship criteria
  • Oakland University Crisis Intervention Team
    (2008 - Present)
    Specialized training in crisis intervention and management at a large (20,000 students) institution.
  • OU NCAA Self-Study Certification Committee, Minority Equity Chairperson
    (2003)
    Provide leadership on minority equity committee during university self-study for re-certification by NCAA
  • OU AP Assembly, Secretary
    (2003 - 2005)
    Report to university administration staff in all divisions regarding university decisions on labor issues
  • Oakland University Assessment Committee
    (2002 - 2003)
    work on a team of faculty and staff to develop university assessment strategic plan.
  • Oakland University Senate Budget Committee, AP Representative
    (2001 - 2003)
    Report to administrative professionals in all divisions regarding budget requests for new programs, majors, and capital developments.
  • Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Awards Banquet
    (2000 - 2005)
    Led a university-wide team to secure three to five $5000 scholarships from corporate donors, a major speaker, and host 500 - 600 community leaders, faculty, staff and students. The Keeper of the Dream Scholarship Awards Banquet, established in 1993, honors the legacy of the late civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and recognizes Oakland University students who have contributed to interracial understanding and good will.

Volunteer Service:

  • Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority Suicide Prevention Coalition
    (2006 - 2011)
    Represent interests of Latino mental health service recipients.
  • Oakland County Human Services Coordinating Council Cultural Competency Workgroup Vice-Chair
    (2003 - 2004)
    Co-led team of agency and county professionals to create understanding of all levels and degrees of need for minority communities in Oakland County, the largest county in the state of Michigan, to improve mental health service delivery.
  • American Heart Association Heartwalk Entertainment Committee Chair.
    (2002 - 2003)
    Led team of community members to find performers for major community event which brought over 20,000 participants to campus
  • American Heart Association Heartwalk Logistics Committee.
    (2001 - 2002)
    Worked with community and university team to develop logistics for event that brought over 20,000 to campus.
  • Translation, English to Spanish, Spanish to English, clinical and personal communications
    (1995 - Present)
  • Mentor
    (January 1990)
    Mentoring and coaching of economically and academically disadvantaged youth

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1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga, CA 94575
(925) 631-4000
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