2009 Award Recipients | Print |

2009 AMCD Young Emerging Leader Award

Rebekah Byrd has demonstrated exceptional commitment and leadership in her efforts to advocate and promote multicultural counseling and development. In addition to her role as Director of CARE NOW, a middle school based Character Education Program, Rebekah has also served as both Chair of Human Services for Chi Sigma Iota and Human Rights and Social Justice Chair of the Virginia School Counselor Association. Rebekah is also the president-elect of the Old Dominion Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota. Over the last year she has published a book chapter and two articles; presented at the national, regional, and state level and won a competitive grant from ACES. She is currently involved in several areas of academic scholarship, including writing and research on LGBTQ students in the schools, multicultural development for master's counseling trainees, and counseling lesbian couples.

2009 AMCD Human Rights Award

Dr. Anneliese Singh is an exceptional leader within the multicultural, feminist, and social justice counseling movements. Her insightful work has raised professional awareness of resilience and coping of queer youth, traumatology, and LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) mental health. In addition to her numerous publications in book chapters and refereed journals pertaining to social justice training in counseling and psychology, she furthers her role as a social justice advocate through her position as President of AGLBTIC.

2009 AMCD Advocacy Award

Dr. Graciela Orozco has made significant contributions to the community and the field of multicultural counseling. Through her passionate quest to address the issues faced by immigrant and low-income families and communities, she has tirelessly served as a school counselor, counselor educator, and as a consultant to schools, community organizations, and Radio Biling├╝e. As a faculty member and Coordinator of the School Counseling Specialization in the Department of Counseling at San Francisco State University, Graciela is viewed as a leader and mentor to students as well as colleagues. She has published and presented extensively, and recently co-authored a book titled, An Introduction to Multicultural Counseling for Helping Professionals, 2nd edition.

2009 AMCD Emerging Graduate Student Leader Award

Laura Alarcon brings a passion and commitment to advancing social justice and multicultural issues within the field of counseling. Her dedication to marginalized racial and ethnic communities is evidenced in her partnering with a youth program in the Mission District in San Francisco to support the development of a college and career program in two inner-city schools with students of very limited economic means. Laura also developed and presented at the American Counseling Association International Convention a unique workshop to be given to career counselors regarding issues faced by employees and students considering moving to countries undergoing sociopolitical change.

2009 Samuel H. Johnson Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Cirecie West-Olatunji exemplifies a scholar in all areas of teaching, research, and service. In her role as a counselor educator she has stimulated interest in multicultural counseling through her teaching emphasis on cultural competence as well as issues of oppression, equity, and social justice. Her influence and popularity with her students is clearly demonstrated by the fact that she has chaired, co-chaired, and served as a member on 66 committees. Cirecie's notable research on psychological wellbeing of culturally diverse populations has led to numerous publications in refereed journals, as well as three co-authored books. Her national and international work to provide disaster mental health services in 2007 was rewarded when she received the Community Service award from the Association for Black Psychologists. Cirecie's dedication to promote advocacy and social justice in vulnerable and marginalized communities is a beacon for the profession.

2009 Dr. Daya & Mrs. Usha K. Sandhu Multicultural Counseling and Diversity Student Research Award

Amanda Healey is a dedicated leader with a strong professional counselor identity. Her commitment to the counseling profession is evident by her multicultural research on professional identity development, and through her involvement in advocacy activities within her community and the counseling field. Amanda's commitment through research to further multicultural development within the counseling profession has been on display over the last two years as she taken part in 10 studies and published three manuscripts. Moreover, Amanda's service as President of the Omega Delta chapter of CSI (Chi Sigma Iota) at Old Dominion University has led to two awards recognizing her efforts.

2009 Dr. Daya & Mrs. Usha K. Sandhu Multicultural Counseling and Diversity Student Research Award

Zoila Tovar-Blank impresses others with her diligence, passion, and commitment to contribute to the multicultural counseling field. Her fervor for multicultural work has been demonstrated through her research on topics ranging from Latina/o mental health and gender roles, to multicultural competencies. Zoila's dedication to promote multicultural counseling has been exhibited through her impressive scholarly activity. Though a doctoral candidate, Zoila has authored and/or co-authored over thirty poster and paper presentations at national conferences and has six publications in major refereed journals.

2009 Dr. Daya & Mrs. Usha K. Sandhu Multicultural Counseling and Diversity Student Research Award

Rachael Goodman has repeatedly shown that she is a rising star in the profession. She has six publications in refereed journals, and presented over the course of the last year at seven national and international conferences. Rachael has developed a specialty area in traumatic stress among marginalized populations. Her interests in this area have led to teaching courses in trauma counseling as well as conducting research and consultation in the Gainesville community on traumatic stress and diversity issues. Rachael has sought to apply her research in traumatic stress through "engaged scholarship" in her work as coordinator of the AMCD outreach trips to post-Katrina New Orleans and southern Africa. During these trips, Rachel provided both direct counseling to communities in need, and trained/supervised counseling students.

2009 AMCD Exemplary Diversity Leadership Award

Dr. Miguel Arciniega has had a profound impact on the field of counseling. He has authored over 35 articles and book chapters in state, national, and professional journals including a book on Parenting Models and Mexican Americans. His work focuses on cultural issues with multicultural populations and multicultural counseling. He has consulted and presented workshops throughout the country on diversity, multicultural counseling, and working with Latinos. He is former Vice President for the Association of Multicultural Counseling & Development (AMCD) Latino Concerns. Dr. Arciniega has received the College of Education Faculty Diversity Award, the Association of Multicultural Development Cesar Chavez Award, and Distinguished Professional for the National Latina/o Psychological Association.

2009 AMCD Professional Development Award

Drs. Henriksen and Paladino have established their reputation as prolific and gifted scholars in many areas, including multiple heritage counseling, identity, and acculturation. Their research on competent strategies and interventions for working with the multiple heritage population has helped enlighten the counseling profession to the specific needs of multiple heritage couples, individuals, and families, and trans-racial adoptees and families. Drs. Henriksen and Paladino's recently released book by the American Counseling Association titled, Counseling Multiple Heritage Individuals, Couples, and Families provides an informative and comprehensive perspective on the most culturally diverse segment of U.S. society, the multiple heritage population. This outstanding contribution to the professional literature addresses the field's dearth of awareness, knowledge, and skills regarding the multiple heritage population.


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