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Gloria Aquino

Overview

Professional Overview: 

Dr. Gloria Aquino Sosa is the Chief Diversity Officer at Saint Mary's College of California, and an Associate Professor, Department Chair, and Program Director of the College Student Services Specialization in the Counseling Department. She is also the faculty Director of the High Potential program. She has over 20 years experience working as an equity and inclusion specialist in higher education and in clinical mental health settings as an administrator, instructor, counselor, and supervisor focusing on promoting education through intercultural interactions and a commitment to social justice. She holds a license in Professional Counseling (MI). In 2015 she was elected president elect of the American Counseling Association’s Counselors for Social Justice Division.

Sosa has presented nationally in the areas of strengths based institutional change to support first generation and low income students and on many topics including unearthing the the idea that intergenerational trauma negatively impacts student success and that self-awareness is the foundation for cultural proficiency development. She provides consultation and training for universities and businesses on this topic. She has rooted her scholarship and service in mindful attentiveness to the significance of intentional and active listening to one's inner narratives to develop personal awareness of one's privilege and power. Sosa characterizes social justice as an ongoing process necessary to sustain cultural humility as it unfolds within one’s internal and external experiences and education. Interwoven within that foundation is research including multicultural counseling strategies, and how underrepresented college students navigate their college experience. She holds a Ph.D in Counselor Education and Supervision from Oakland University.

As director of the Center for Multicultural Initiatives (CMI) at Oakland University in Michigan, she was responsible for developing and implementing campus-wide diversity initiatives and co-led in the creation and expansion of a nationally award-winning scholarship program for underrepresented students—The Oakland University Trustee Academic Success program. The CMI was renamed from the Office of Equity under her directorship, and has become the hub for student success initiatives that matter.

Department: 
School of Education » Counseling Department
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Contact Information: 

Office
Filippi Academic Hall - 215

Contact:
Phone: 925-631-4306
Fax: 925-376-8379
Email: gas6@stmarys-ca.edu
Mail: P.O. Box 4350

Education

Professional Licenses & Certifications:

Professional Experience

Experience:

  • Chief Diversity Officer, Saint Mary's College of California (July, 2017 - present)
  • Associate Professor, Counseling Department (July, 2017 - present)
  • Program Director, College Student Services - Counseling Department (July, 2013 - present)
  • Assistant Professor - Saint Mary's College-CA (July 2012 - Present)
  • Faculty Co-Director, High Potential Program - Saint Mary's College of California (July 01, 2013 - 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
  • 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:

  • 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)

Courses Taught

Recently Taught:

  • Foundations of Higher Education;
  • Social Justice in HIgher Education: Theory, Practice, & Research;
  • Field Placement Seminar for College Student Services and Career Specializations;
  • Issues in Intercultural Counseling and Social Justice;
  • Law, Ethics, and Values
  • Leadership for Social Justice - Ed.D program

Regularly Taught:

  • Foundations in Higher Education; Law, Ethics and Values; Issues in Intercultural Counseling; Social Justice in Higher Education: Theory, Practice, & Research; Field Placement Seminar for College Student Services and Career Specializations
  • Leadership for Social Justice, Ed.D program

Taught at Oakland University & University of Detroit, Mercy:

  • Techniques of Counseling
  • Counseling in a Diverse Society
  • Group Counseling
  • Internship Seminar
  • Presentation and Facilitation
  • Communications 101: First Year Experience

Service

Service to the College

 

  • Exploring the Intersections: Racial Justice, Our Lasallian Heritage, and the Catholic Tradition. Participant and Presenter. 
  • Interim AVP for Student Success/SEAS Director/HP Director (Sept. 2017 - January 2018)
  • AVP for Student Success National Search-Chair (2017)
  • Director, High Potential Program National Search - Chair (2017)
  • Dean of the Core National search search committee. (2017)
  • 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); currently co-chair.
    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.
  • ODMI Task Force through CCIE (September 2015-Present)
  • Black Lives Matter Task Force through CCIE (September 2015-Present)
  • Program Review Committee (elected) (2016-2018)
  • GUIDE (formerly 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 - 2015)
    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.
  • KSOE Dean's Awards Committee (2016)
  • KSOE Retreat Co-Facilitator (2016)
  • KSOE diversity and inclusion workshop & continued Conversations Co-facilitator, (2015-16)
  • Chair, High Potential Director & Assistant Director National Search Committee, 2015-16
  • Co-Chair, Intercultural Center Director National Search Committee, 2015
  • KSOE Quality Improvement Committee -  (July 2013 - 2015)
  • Research Committee, Kalmanovitz School of Education  (February 2015- 2016).
  • Counseling Department Graduate Student Organization - Advisor (January 2013-present); Provide consultation to GCP students developing a new organization.
  • Support the Student Lifecycle Strategic Planning Task Force (April - July, 2014)
  • Director of Assessment and Accreditation search committee. (July 2014-present).
  • Undergraduate Pre-Enrollment team. (June - August, 2014)   
  • Hispanic Serving Institution CCIE Subcommittee. (March 2914-present)   
  • Campus of Difference Task Team.  (August 2013-present)  
  • Planning Committee Northern California Diversity Forum for Graduate Education (May-November 2013)
  • KSOE Writing Proficiency Exam Committee - Chairperson (December 2012-present). 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, 2012-2013)
  • WASC Executive Steering Committee  (August 2012 - May 2015); 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 - May 2014)
  • KSOE Scholarship Committee (2011 - 2013); review scholarship applications, make recommendations based on scholarship criteria

Professional Affiliations:

  • National Assocation for Diversity Officers in Higher Education (2016 - present)
  • American Counseling Association (November 2005 to present)  www.counseling.org
  • National Associtation for Student Personnel Administrators, (1997 - present), www.naspa.org
  • Association for the Study of Higher Education (2016 - present)
  • Western Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors (September 2012 to present)   http://www.waces.org/ 
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (November 2005 to present)
  • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (November 2005-present)
  • Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues in Counseling (November 2005-present)
  • Counselors for Social Justice (2003-2016); President Elect, 2015. Resigned 2016.
  • 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.

Professional Service:

  • Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology Review Board (2011 - present)
    Review manuscripts for publication
  • Journal of Humanistic Counseling, Education, and Development Journal Review Board (2010 - present), Review manuscripts for publication
  • 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.
  • American Counseling Association Conference Program Reviewer (2009 - 2016)
  • Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors Conference Program Reviewer (2009 - 2015)
  • Brooks/Cole-Thompson Learning Book Reviewer (2009)
  • Cengage Publications Book Reviewer (2009)
  • National Association of Student Personnel Administrators National Conference Program reviewer (2006)

Service to Former Institution - Oakland University (selected)

 

  • 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:

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention  Out of the Darkness Walk, Oakland CA. (2013-present)
  • 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

Presentations

Selected Presentations (Asterisk denotes selective peer review process)

National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education, New Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) Workshop. Panelist, Facilitator, & Case Study Author.

*Sosa, G. A. & Pascua Dea. T. J. (January, 2018). Equity-Based Counternarratives of Strength and Hope: Revealing the Impact of Historical Trauma. Hawai'i International Conference on Education

*Sosa, G. A. & Pascua Dea, T. J. (November, 2017). Intergenerational trauma and student success: Equity-based counternarratives of power, strength, and hope. Research paper to be presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education National Conference, Houston, TX.

*Sosa, G. A., Sasso, P. A., & Pascua Dea, T. J. (2017). Reframing success: Attending to intersectionality to support lived experiences of first generation college students. Paper and presentation at the Association for the Study of Higher Education National Conference, Houston, TX.

*Sosa, G. A., & Pascua Dea, T. J. (2017). Intergenerational Trauma and Student Success: Strengths-Based Approaches that Matter NextGenFirstGenTM. Accepted half-day pre-conference workshop for National Symposium on Student Retention (also a publication from this). Destin, FL.

*Pascua Dea, T., Sosa, G. A., VanGilder, C., Watkins, C. A. (2017). Collectivism & inclusive excellence: Transforming student success while leading institutional change. Accepted Presentation at the AAC&U Diversity, Learning, and Student Success: Voices Leading Change National Conference. 

*Patrick, S. J., Beckenbach, J., Sells, J. N., Hagedorn, B., Smith, L. C., Okech, J., Goodrich, K., Sosa, G. A. (2017). The intersections of religion and sexual identity: A conversation on ethics. Accepted Pre-Conference Institute, American Counseling Association National Conference, San Francisco, CA.

*Sosa, G. A. & Templeton, E. (2017). Intergenerational Trauma and College Student Success. Educational Session, American Counseling Association National Conference, San Francisco, CA.

*Palmer, B. E. F. III & Sosa, G. A. (2017). Disrupting organizational constraints: Making social justice interventions work. Roundtable Presentation at the National Multicultural Conference and Summit, Portland, Oregon.

*Sosa, G. A. & Pascua Dea, T. J. (2016). NextGenFirstGen©- Implementing a Cultural Shift and Institutional Change Resulting in Outcomes that Matter. Published paper for the Consortium for Student Retention and Exchange presented at the National Symposium on Student Retention, Norfolk, VA., November, 2016.

*Sosa, G. A. & Pascua Dea, T. J. (2016). Asset-Based Institutional Change through Collectivist Narratives: Inclusive Excellence Actively Impacting Student Success. Presentation at the 2016 National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education, San Francisco, CA.

* Sosa, G. A. & Pascua Dea, T. J. (2106). Next Generation, First Generation©: Publishing Personal Narratives to Activate Achievement for the Public Good. WASC Senior College and University Commission Academic Resource Conference (WASC ARC). April, 2016.

*Sosa, G. A. & Pascua Dea, T. J. (2016). Asset-Based Institutional Change through Collectivist Narratives: Inclusive Excellence in Action to Impact Student Success. Presentation at the Hawaii International Conference on Education. January 2016.

*Pascua Dea, T. J. & Sosa, G. A. (2015). Strengths based institutional change: Inclusive excellence as social justice advocacy to impact student success. Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture, Diversity Challenge. Boston College, October, 2015.

* Sosa, G. A., & Pascua Dea, T. J. (2015). Strengths Based Institutional Change: Inclusive Excellence in Action to Positively Impact Student Success. Presentation at the28th Annual National  Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE 2015), Washington, DC.

 *Pascua Dea, T. J. & Sosa, G. A. (2015). Supporting First Generation Students: A Conversation. Western Association of Schools and Colleges Academic Resources Conference. Student Success: Higher Education’s Imperative.

 *Sosa, G. A. (2015). High Potential Sphere of Success: Changing the Narrative to Positively Impact Student Achievement. AAC&U Centennial Forum - Diversity, Equity, & Excellence: College Equity and America’s Unmet Promise, Los Angeles, CA. (Invited)

 *Sosa, G. A., & Pascua Dea, T. J. (2015). Strengths Based Institutional Change: Inclusive Excellence in Action to Positively Impact Student Success. Presentation at the AAC&U’s Network for Academic Renewal conference Diversity, Learning, and Student Success: Assessing and Advancing Inclusive Excellence, San Diego, CA.

 *Sosa, G. A., & Touset, V. (2014). Social justice advocacy in school counseling: Finding your voice.Western Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Regional Conference (WACES), Anaheim, CA.

*Thomas, S. T., Krafcik, A., & Sosa, G. A. (2014). The helpful reframe: Theory-based strategies for working well with challenging students and supervisees. Roundtable session,  Western Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Regional Conference, Anaheim, CA.

*Watkins, C. A., Chersky, B., & Sosa, G. A. (2014). Developing a peer dialogue program on campus: Pedagogical and political strategies. Presentation at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE), Indianapolis, IN.

Alter, P. J., & Sosa, G. A. (2014). Effective classroom management through a relational approach. Invited presentation at the H.B. McDaniel Foundation/CASC Northern California Conference for School Counselors at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.Sosa, G. A. (2014). Social justice advocacy in school counseling: Finding your voice. Invited presentation at the H.B. McDaniel Foundation/CASC Northern California Conference for School Counselors at Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.

*Heid, L. S., Sosa, G. A., & Touset, V. (October 2013). Bilingual Counselors-in-Training: Advocacy in Action. National Conference for the Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors

Jones, J. W. & Sosa, G. A. (2013). ACA Visioning Project. Inaugural Conference for the International Social Justice Counseling Advocacy Consortium. Cincinnati, OH.

*Heid, L. S., Sosa, G. S., Touset, V. (2012). Identifying the Skills, Academic Assets, and Personal and Professional Challenges of Bilingual Students. Western    Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors Regional Conference, Portland, OR.

*Sosa, G. A. (2012). School Discipline Policies and Cultural Competency: Asking the Tough Questions. Western Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors Regional Conference, Portland, OR.

Sosa, G. A. (2012). School Discipline Policies and Cultural Competency: Asking the Tough Questions. HB McDaniel-California Association for School Counselors Northern California Regional Conference. Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.

Sosa, G. A. (2012). Career-Life Balance and Self-Care in the Current Economic Environment: The New Normal. HB McDaniel-California Association for School Counselors Northern California Regional Conference, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.

Sosa, G. A. (2012). Understanding Intercultural Interactions through Self-Awareness: Working with Parents. Presentation to Saint Mary's College of California PPS Alumni Group. Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA.

Sosa, G. A. (2011). Discipline Policies, Successful Schools, and Racial Justice: A Discussion. HB McDaniel-California Association for School Counselors Northern California Regional Conference, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.

Sosa, G. A. (2011). Understanding Intercultural Interactions through Self-Awareness: Working with Parents. HB McDaniel-California Association for School Counselors Northern California Regional Conference, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA.

Monthly Workshop Series for Kettering University KAGLE Leadership Initiative:

Sosa, G. A. (April 2011). Visionary Thinking. 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

Sosa, G. A. & Reed, C. A. (March, 2011).  Ethics, Inspiration & Motivation. This month’s 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.

Sosa, G. A. (February, 2011). How to Use Politics to Succeed Interpersonally. 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.

Sosa, G. A. & Reed, C. A. (January, 2011). Adaptation to Changes in Self: The Importance of Passion in Leadership and Career Development. 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.

Sosa, G. A. (November, 2010). Communication and Leadership Styles. 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.

Sosa, G. A. (October, 2010). Understanding and Appreciating Diversity in Self and Other. 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.

Sosa, G. A. (September, 2010). Who Should be Led by You? Understanding the critical role of a mentor as leader. Interactive, experiential workshop designed to awaken the leader in you.

Selected presentations and workshops. *Denotes peer review process.

Sosa, G. A. (2008). 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.

Sosa, G. A. (July, 2007). Understanding Diversity for First Year College Students. Kettering University First Year Student 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.

*Sosa, G. A. (April, 2006). Possibility Thinking—Dealing Productively With Difference in the Classroom: A Paradigm Shift. 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.

*Sosa, G. A. (February, 2006). Revolutionizing Our Commitment to Diversity: A Personal Look at Cultural Competency in Higher Education. 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.

*Sosa, G. A. (2005). Certain Uncertainty: Young Adulthood as Foundational Fortitude or Frustration. Oakland University Graduate Counseling Department Regional Conference (2005). 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.

*Sosa, G. A. & Brown-El, O. (June 2004). Revolutionizing Our Commitment to Diversity: A Personal Look at Cultural Competency in Higher Education. 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.

*Chisholm, E. A. & Sosa, G. A.  (April 2004). The Regeneration of Self Through Loss. 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.

*Sosa, G. A. (March 2004). Students First: Your Ticket to Success. Noel-Levitz National Conference on Student Retention, Boston, MA. Presentation of King, Chavez, Parks Initiative Student's First Grant.

*McIntosh, G. & Sosa, G. A. (2004). Revolutionizing Our Commitment to Diversity: The OUTAS Program. National Assessment Institute, Conference on Assessment, Indianapolis, Indiana. Presentation of outcomes of Oakland University Trustee Academic Scholarship Program.

*Sosa, G. A. (March 2002). Affirming Our Commitment to Diversity: The Oakland University Trustee Academic Success Program. National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Boston, MA. OU’s 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.

Sosa, G. A. (2002).  Knowing Me, Knowing You: Managing Diversity in the Workplace. Employment Diversity Council, Diversity Training, Oakland County, Michigan. 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.

*Sosa, G. A. (2002). Revolutionizing Our Commitment to Diversity: A Personal Look at Cultural Competency in Higher Education. Equity in the Classroom Conference: Teaching Cultural Competency, Central Michigan University.

Sosa, G. A.  (2002). Coping with Sexually Explicit Messages: Effects on our Children. Birmingham-Bloomfield (MI) Families in Action (Invited). 

*Sosa, G. A. (2001). It's all about me: Defining Multicultural Awareness in the Counseling Profession. Oakland University Graduate Counseling Department Regional Conference (2001).  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.

Sosa, G. A. (2001). Finding Your Future: What Do I Need to Succeed? Family Matters Conference, Youth Keynote Speaker, Oakland Community College Auburn Hills, MI. (Invited).

Sosa, G. A. & Reed, C. A. (2001). Real World Relationships: Can We Hear Each Other? Family Matters Conference.  Oakland Community College Auburn Hills, MI. (Invited)

*Sosa, G. A. (2000). Revolutionizing Our Commitment to Diversity: A Personal Look at Cultural Competency in Higher Education. Noel-Levitz National Conference on Student Retention. Washington, DC

*McIntosh, G. & Sosa, G(. A. (1999). Revolutionizing Our Commitment to Diversity: A Personal Look at Cultural Competency in Higher Education. People of Color in Predominantly White Institutions National Conference, University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

*McIntosh, G. & Sosa, G. A. (1999). Affirming Our Commitment to Diversity: The Oakland University Trustee Academic Success Program. Michigan State University Student Success Conference, East Lansing, MI

*McIntosh, G. & Sosa, G. A. (1999). Affirming Our Commitment to Diversity: The Oakland University Trustee Academic Success Program. National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Chicago, IL

Sosa, G. A. (1997 - 2011). Created and presented 28 detailed, interactive presentations on diversity, sexual orientation, race relations, self-awareness, leadership development, study skills, youth development, grief and loss, time management, transitions, empowerment, human interaction, personal and academic strategic planning locally, primarily at Oakland University, Waterford Township, MI., Lake Orion, MI., and Rochester, MI. (many presentations required review process for acceptance).  

Publications

Sosa, G. A. & Pascua Dea, T. J.  In M. Frederick, M., Sasso, P. A., & Maldonado, J. (2018). The dynamic student development meta-theory:  A new model for student success. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing. Book chapter entitled:    Next Generation First Generation: Applying DSDM to Foster Student GLD. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

Sosa, G. A. & Pascua Dea, T. J. (November, 2017). Intergenerational trauma and student success: Equity-based counternarratives of power, strength, and hope. Research paper presented at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) National Conference, Houston, TX.

Sosa, G. A. & Pascua Dea, T. J. (In press) Strengths-based peer mentoring: Collectivist principles in action. Accepted book chapter for: Mentoring at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs): Theory, Design, Practice, and Impact. In process. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Sosa, G. A., Pascua Dea, T. J., & Sasso, P. A. (in press). Supporting the Lived Experiences of First-Generation College Students: Implications from the UNiLOA and DSDM Student Success Model. In Intersectionality of Marginality for First-Generation College Students. New York, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.

Proehl, R. A., Ayon, L., Braganza, D., Sosa, G. A. (2017). DeMarillac academy: Perseverance, purpose, and promise. Catholic Education: Journal of Inquiry and Practice. http://digitalcommons.lmu.edu/ce/vol21/iss1/6

Sosa, G. A. & Pascua Dea, T. J. (2016). NextGenFirstGen©- Implementing a Cultural Shift and Institutional Change Resulting in Outcomes that Matter. Paper accepted by the Consortium for Student Retention and Exchange to be published and presented at the National Symposium on Student Retention, Norfolk, VA., November, 2016.

Jones, J. W., Sosa, G. A., Jackson, J., Vides, R., Goodman, R., Patrick, S., Thompson, C., Alexander, Q. (2015). Counselors for Social Justice Strategic Plan, 2015-2020.

Vereen, L. G., Hill, N. R., Kress, V., & Sosa, G. A. (2014). The synonymic nature of professional counseling: Presuppositions that guide our identities. The Journal of Humanistic Counseling, 53(3), 191-202.    

Sosa, G. A. (2012). Humanism and intentional interaction. InfoChange: Newsletter of the Association for Humanistic Counseling. 5(1), 10. 

Sosa, Gloria. May 2009. The Effect of Participation in Mandated Comprehensive Support Services to Positively Impact the Retention, Performance and Graduation of a Diverse Group of Students: The Oakland University Trustee Academic Success Program., ProQuest

Sosa, G. A. (2001). Dilemmas in multicultural counseling. Journal of Counseling: Research, Theory, and Practice, 30(1), 6-8.  1999.

McIntosh, G. & Sosa, G. A. (2001). Affirming Our Commitment to Diversity: The Oakland University Trustee Academic Success Program, People of Color in Predominantly White Institutions Conference Publication, Lincoln, NE.

Active Research Projects

 

  • High Potential Program: Narrative Change Impacting Student Success in Action
  • Oakland University Trustee Academic Success program: Twenty five years of Success

Honors, Awards & Grants

Honors: 
  • 2017 – Saint Mary’s College Faculty Service Award.
  • 2015 - Saint Mary’s College Dean Thomas Earl Brown Faculty Award for exceptional commitment to the Black community.
  • 2013 - Journal for Humanistic Counseling, Distinguished Reviewer.
  • 2013 - Invited to co-chair visioning process for ISJCAC.
  • 2013 - Invited to represent the Association for Humanistic Counseling at the Social Justice Leadership Development Project at the American Counseling Association National Conference.
  • 2012 - Saint Mary’s College-CA, Faculty Technology Group Grant Award.
  • 2006 - Oakland University Graduate Counseling Student Organization Support and Zeal Award (as Adjunct Faculty).
  • 2003 - MACRAO EEOC Award Winning Program – OUTAS.
  • 2001 - Noel-Levitz Retention Excellence Award - OUTAS Program.  
  • 2000 - Michigan Counseling Association Diversity Award for OUTAS Program.
  • 1999 - NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators) Exemplary Program, OUTAS.
Awards: 
  • 2017 – Saint Mary’s College Faculty Service Award.
  • 2015 - Saint Mary’s College Dean Thomas Earl Brown Faculty Award for exceptional commitment to the Black community.

  • 2013 - Journal of Humanistic Counseling Distinguished Reviewer Award - Journal of Humanistic Counseling.

  • 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 award for innovative programs that implement counseling initiatives.
  • Michigan Counseling Association Diversity Award for OUTAS Program. - Oakland University (February 2000)
Grants: 
  •  *Wensley, R., Sigman, J., Veomett, E., Jones, C., Pascua Dea, T. J., Sosa, G. A., Chandrasekaran, V. (2016). Caminos a las Ciencias: Pathways to Science. Hispanic Serving Institutions Federal Title III Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics and Articulation Grant. Submitted May 30, 2016. Funded for $651,230 for year 1. Total 5-year grant award: $2.7M.
  • Sosa, G. A., Pascua Dea, T. J. (2015). Federal SSS TRIO Grant Saint Mary’s College of California, High Potential Program. Submitted February 1, 2015. Requested: $1.1 million. Funded September, 2015. Yearly Peer Review.
  • 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.

Interests

Scholarly Interests: 

Interests

  • Creative modification of personal awareness and narrative development to enhance intercultural knowledge, awareness, skills, and lifelong commitment to cultural humility
  • Next generation of first generation student success www.nextgenfirstgen.com
  • Mandating Support Services; Retention and Multicultural Competency Development to postively impact student success
  • College Student Development through Intercultural Awareness & primary attention to Social Justice
  • Integration and exploration of incremental self-awareness within the process of learning counseling skills.
  • Higher Education Administration
  • The intersection of humanism and social justice
  • Strategic Counseling and Consulting
  • Music:  Reveling in over forty years of music education, 25 years of music performance, and over 10 years of multiple band management.
Pedagogical Interests: 
  • Developing Critical Pedagogy.
  • Infusing asset-based language into all interactions to promote student success.
  • Uncovering narratives of hope.
  • Teaching transgression.