2008 Award Recipients | Print |
MARCH, 2008

Samuel H. Johnson Distinguished Service Award:
Hattie Isen, Ph.D.; Memphis City Schools

Dr. Hattie Isen's article, "Assessing the Black Child: A Strategy," was published by AMCD (ANWC) in January, 1983. In the twenty-five years since then, Dr. Isen has been a consistent and distinguished leader in multicultural counseling and a constant advocate for the multicultural competencies. She has had an especially strong influence on the Memphis City Schools, advocating for culturally responsive teaching/counseling and for policy changes to ensure fairness, equity, and opportunities. She took action to assess the level of counselors' multicultural competency and to meet their needs in this area through training. She is founding director of Art for Life's Sake, an after-school and weekend music and fine arts school for Memphis area children of color. Dr. Isen was one of five individuals to be recognized as members of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women at the 2007 Legends of Memphis Luncheon.

AMCD Human Rights Award:
Stuart Chen-Hayes, PhD, Lehman College, City University of New York

Dr. Stuart Chen-Hayes has been a constant voice for human rights in his scholarship, in his work as a counselor educator, and in his personal life. Stuart understands the concept of multiple oppressions and is a staunch supporter of human rights across the spectrum of issues. He has been a strong voice for human rights as a central focus of the counselor's work and has spoken and published widely on this topic. He also emphasizes human rights and multiculturalism in his work as a counselor educator. Recently, he worked closely with students and faculty at Changhua University of Education in Taiwan, presenting with them a paper on international social justice equity issues. At Lehman College, he and his students work closely with K-12 schools in the New York area, focusing on students who have not received equitable outcomes in schools: poor and working class students, students of color, students with disabilities, and students who are English Language Learners. In their personal lives, Stuart and Lance Chen-Hayes have been particularly active in human rights issues relating to parenting. One of Stuart's publications in this area is "Rainbow Gay Dads: Diapering Was a Piece of Cake Compared to Challenging Familyism,, Heterosexism, Immigrationism, Linguicism, Racism, and Religionism."

Professional Development Award:
Manivong Ratts, PhD; Seattle University

The scholarly work of Dr. Manivong (Vong) Ratts exemplifies the model- building emphasis of the Professional Development Award. Dr. Ratts has worked tirelessly, both in print and in presentations, to integrate the AMCD Multicultural Competencies and the ACA Advocacy Competencies. In bringing together these competencies, Vong has brought to light an important need of the counseling profession. This theoretical effort is backed up by his research on the degree to which social justice principles are introduced in courses on Social and Cultural Diversity.

AMCD Advocacy Award:
A. Michael Hutchins, Ph.D., Private Practice Counselor, Tucson, Arizona

Michael Hutchins has been a tireless advocate for multicultural competencies, social justice, and human rights. He has worked to make the ACA governance accountable to these principles. Michael served on the ACA Multiculturalism Task Force and the ACA Human Rights Committee, also serving as the chair of that committee for several years. He is a long time member of AMCD as well as working in other divisions toward greater multicultural competence and human rights. He brings the important combination of considerable practical experience with excellence in teaching. He is able to inspire multitudes of professionals and students and serve as a role model of integrity, wisdom, and commitment. He acts as an advocate for his clients and has successfully elucidated and demonstrated the application of advocacy competencies in the private practice milieu.

Exemplary Diversity Leadership Award:
Silvia Reyes, Barry College

Silvia Reyes has demonstrated a depth of knowledge and commitment to the most vulnerable citizens in our society throughout her counseling career. For example, she has worked as a counselor with children and women who have been impacted by human trafficking. The survivors of modern-day slavery need direct assistance and also need help in voicing their needs and changing public policy. Ms. Reyes has done both. She has also worked with homeless youth through Standup for Kids. As a volunteer with this organization she has coordinated food and clothing drives, helped provide homeless youth with immediate necessities, and promoted cultural sensitivity among members of the community. As the director of prevention programs at Family Counseling Services of Greater Miami, Ms Reyes coordinated countless outreach activities with youth and their families. In her current work at Barry University she provides counseling services to immigrant and economically disadvantaged children and provides multicultural competency trainings and presentations. Her current research interest is in working with families who have survived torture.

Young Emerging Leader Award:
Andrea L. Dixon, PhD, University of Florida

Dr. Dixon brings a breadth of experience to her current position as an Assistant Professor at the University of Florida, having counseled in elementary and high schools, private practice, and university counseling centers. She is involved in cross-cultural research with colleagues across the country and is currently involved in validating and furthering the construct of "mattering to others" as a tool within the counseling relationship, as well as wellness and strengths-based approaches to counseling. Dr. Dixon also conducts research in the areas of gender and ethnic minority identity development, the adolescent period of the lifespan, cross cultural competence, and multicultural counseling. Andrea sits on the editorial boards of the Journal for Counseling and Development, Professional School Counseling, and the Journal for Specialists in Group Work. This Young Emerging Leader Award adds one more to a growing list of her honors and recognitions.

Emerging Graduate Student Leader Award:
Andrea L. Jackson, University of South Florida

Ms. Jackson is currently the president of the Delta Gamma Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota at the University of South Florida. She was instrumental in revitalizing and expanding this chapter and increased active chapter membership by over 100% in 2006. She and several of her colleagues were the first chapter students to submit a proposal for the Chi Sigma Iowa poster presentation at ACA. Their proposal was accepted for Detroit in 2007 and Ms Jackson subsequently presented a poster session in Germany. Andrea served as Graduate McNair Coordinator for the Diverse Student Success program at USF during 2007. She also currently helps to coordinate a food drive for the Metropolitan Ministries Homeless Shelter in Tampa and leads a writing group for masters students interested in research and publication on multicultural issues.

Dr. Daya & Mrs. Usha K. Sandhu Multicultural Counseling/Diversity Student Research Awards:
Michael Brubaker, University of Florida & Felicia Tripp, San Francisco State University

The Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development is pleased to announce the Dr. Daya & Mrs. Usha K. Sandhu Multicultural Counseling/Diversity Student Research Awards.  The awards recognize students who have embarked on research in the area of multicultural counseling.  Recipients are student members of AMCD who are enrolled in graduate school at the time of the nomination.  Decisions are based on the quality of the research papers submitted.


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