SOLD OUT!!!!! Social Justice in College Counseling 2018

Social Justice Conference 2017No longer accepting registrants due to the conference being SOLD OUT.

Full Conference - “Social Justice in College Counseling 2018: Power, Privilege, and Oppression
June 7th 8:30am - 4:30pm & June 8th, 8:30am - 4:30pm (12 hours of CEs: includes 3-hour ethics portion)

CE Sign-in: 8:00am - 8:30am 

Registration Fees: (SOLD OUT)

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Full Conference: (12 hours: includes 3-hour ethics portion): Early Bird ($139);  Regular ($165);  On-site ($190). This conference will fulfill the 3 CEUs diversity training for Texas psychologists.

Payment must be received by May 10th for early bird. 

Group Discount: Groups of three or more registering together receive a 20% discount (this discount is not available to students).

Student Rate: $20  For currently enrolled students (please bring your student ID).

No refunds after May 4, 2018.


Please note the following changes to the 2018 conference:

Parking: Parking arrangement and costs are the responsibility of conference attendees. The conference will be held near the Koldus University Center Garage (UCG), central to campus. Please take a parking ticket as you enter the garage gates from Houston or Throckmorton Street and pay on foot at the pay station prior to returning to your car. For more information about parking fees and maps, please visit


Location: The conference will be hosted in Rudder Tower (RDER 0446), Room 601, located directly across the street from Koldus University Center Parking Garage.


Coffee and tea will provided the morning of the conference. Starbucks is located in the MSC, adjacent to Rudder Tower. Breakfast and Lunch will be on your own with excellent choices in the MSC or near campus.

Learning Objectives

Race and Privilege: Understanding the Dynamics of Difference

  • Participants will explore white privilege and white fragility, including the recognition of how the infusion of white culture and whiteness affects organizations 
  • Participants will reflect on how their own racial identity affects their life experiences, interactions, and perspectives in personal and professional settings
  • Participants will contemplate and discuss potential action steps toward social justice 

The Ethical Dimensions of Keeping Social Justice in Social Work

  • Participants will reflect upon the ethical dimensions of social work practice in the professions’ responsibility to promote social justice, in relation to society generally, and in relation to the people with whom we serve.
  • Participants will discuss whether we are keeping social justice in social work by simultaneously ameliorating individual suffering and engaging in social change that addresses the structural flaws and injustices in the broader society that foster the problems people experience.
  • Participants will apply ethical decision-making models to a range of social justice issues impacting the communities we serve

Empowering Ourselves, Empowering Others

  • Participants will explore and discuss how to apply conference knowledge to clinical counseling work with students
  • Participants will explore concepts of social justice and empowerment to increase advocacy for students
  • Participants will discuss practical methods to empower students to create social justice change in their own lives

About the Presenters


Shudarshana Gupta, Ph.D.

Shudarshana Gupta, Ph.D.Dr. Gupta is the Coordinator of Diversity Related Services at the Towson University Counseling Center and in this role has developed and implemented a variety of outreach projects, including working with international students, diverse student organization, and student affairs staff. She has also been involved in training of counseling center clinician staff in multicultural competence. She attended a training workshop led by Lee Mun Wah of StirFry Seminars & Consulting, during which she received training on how to facilitate difficult cross-cultural conversations.



Mollie Herman, Ph.D.

Mollie Herman, Ph.D.Dr. Herman is the Associate Director and Training Director at the Towson University Counseling Center, where she has worked since 1994.  In this capacity, she has developed and presented numerous trainings related to multicultural competence for a variety of target audiences including doctoral interns, student affairs professionals, and counseling center psychologists.  Additionally, she served as a co-facilitator for intergroup dialogue at Towson University in the fall of 2016, an activity focusing on helping people communicate across cultural differences.   



Lilian Odera, Ph.D.

Lilian Odera, Ph.D.In her current role of Assistant Director of Outreach & Media at Towson University Counseling Center, Dr. Odera has had the primary role of developing programs on diversity topics and facilitating discussions for various audiences particularly in college campus communities. This has involved reaching out to student groups, faculty, staff, and the university community to engage in conversations around race and the impact of difference. A significant portion of her professional training and experience has been on multicultural competence and diversity. She has developed a diversity program at a university and directed the program for 10 years during which she trained students, staff, and faculty on developing and facilitating diversity programs. Dr. Odera has also received training in diversity with Lee Mun Wah of StirFry Seminars & Consulting during which further equipped her to facilitate difficult cross-cultural conversations.


Michele Rountree, Ph.D.

Michele Rountree, Ph.D.Dr. Michele A. Rountree is a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Work.  Prior to earning her PhD, Dr. Rountree had already achieved extensive experience as a practitioner, administrator, and researcher.   Her career is driven by the belief in the power of each individual and their respective communities to transform the world around them.   In the course of Dr. Rountree’s career, she has been successful in creating an interconnected body of research, teaching, leadership, and service that focuses on health prevention and health equity.  The research she conducts is contextually and culturally centered where she values the contributions of community advisory boards composed of disproportionately affected communities and practitioners to guide the research.  Employing community-based participatory (CBPR) research approaches ensure the translation of research findings to practice.   Dr. Rountree’s objectives as a social work health researcher are to bridge the gap between social work practice and research to create meaningful scholarship in the area of health equity with the purpose of impacting policy. 


Professional service is at the core of how Dr. Rountree defines herself as a social worker. She is actively involved on a departmental, university, community, state and national level service. Central to her scholar-educator efforts is the mentorship of students and junior faculty.  Many of Dr. Rountree’s service activities support her efforts to improve the health and mental-health outcomes of marginalized populations such as serving on the boards of AIDS Services of Austin and Austin PreEP.

Dr. Rountree is the co-founder and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, of the Center for Health Empowerment (CHE) a local non-profit providing no-cost sexual health services to under-served populations including PrEP.  In sum, Dr. Rountree is an effective educator who believes it is a privilege to teach and who has trained extensively in the areas of diversity and social justice.


Conference Location and Accommodations:

Conference Location: The conference will be held at TAMU Rudder Tower, Conference Room 601, College Station, Texas, 77843.

Lodging: Participants are responsible for making their own hotel reservations.  The conference committee recommends the following hotel. This hotel offers free Easterwood Airport/ conference site shuttles for hotel users by pre-arranged reservation: Hyatt Place - College Station (1-888-591-1234).  The George Hotel, Embassy Suites Hotel and Cavalry Court offers one way taxi service for a fee. Additional hotel options can be found at the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau web site.

Past Conference Foci and Presenters:


Racial Disparity & Racial Trauma – Kevin Cokley, Ph.D., Carlton Green, Ph.D., and Jeanette Madkins, Ph.D.
Womens Issues in College Counseling- Dr. Carmen Cruz, Psy.D. Dr. Ellen Greenwald, PhD
Counseling Male Students- William Ming Liu,Ph.D. Jonathan Schwartz, Ph.D.
Hispanic Students - Melba Vasquez, Ph.D. Emil Rodolfa, Ph.D. Patricia Arredondo, Ph.D.
African American Students - Thomas Parham, Ph.D. Joe Feagin, Ph.D.
Asian Students - Alvin Alvarez, Ph.D. Karen Suyemoto, Ph.D. Stanley Sue, Ph.D.
GLBT Students - Ruperto M. (Toti) Perez, Ph.D. Laura S. Brown, Ph.D.
International Students - Paul B. Pedersen, Ph.D. Nancy Arthur, Ph.D.
Spirituality - Mary A. Fukuyama, Ph.D.
Asperger’s Syndrome - Jane Thierfeld Brown, Ed.D. Lorraine Wolf, Ph.D.
Multiracial College Students - Kelley Kenney, PhD., Mr. Mark Kenney
Returning Veteran Students - John Mundt, Ph.D.
Undocumented College Students - Joseph M. Cervantes, Ph.D
South Asian Students - Farah A. Ibrahim, Ph.D.

CEU Accreditation Statement:

Contact your licensing board to determine acceptability of continuing education credits. Texas A&M University has approved this educational activity for a maximum of twelve (12) credits, including three hours of ethics for LPCs, Social Workers, and Psychologists in Texas.


If you are an individual with disabilities who needs accommodations for the conference, please contact us at or 979.845.4427 within a reasonable and sufficient time so that accommodations may be arranged. The Student Counseling Service will make every effort to accommodate your needs.