Dr. Diane Reese Appointed as Chair of the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI)

Dr. Diane M. Reese, Assistant Professor of Counseling in the School of Nursing and Health Professions, has been appointed as Chair of the American School Counselor Association’s (ASCA) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI). This Committee provides input to ASCA’s board and staff, to help promote DEI within ASCA, in school counselor education programs, and in the profession in general. Some of the roles of the Committee include: serve as advisors to board and staff; write articles for the ASCA School Counselor magazine and SCA Newsletters; present at professional development events such as webinars, Town Halls and ASCA annual conferences; respond to diversity, equity and inclusion issues that arise; lead book club discussions; review ASCA standards and other foundational documents from a social justice perspective; review ASCA training, including Specialist Training; present at the Leadership Development Institute and Mid- Year Leadership Development Institute (LDI);  and identify and encourage Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) who are interested in participating in leadership opportunities, to seek leadership positions on the Board of Directors.

The DEI Committee consists of the following sub-committees: Anti-Racism; Students with Disabilities; LGBTQ+ Students; and Gender Inequity.

Dr. Reese presented two workshops at the 2021 ASCA Conference in July, which focused on integrating anti-racist school counselor practices in school counselor education preparation programs, to prepare school counseling graduate students for this important work.  Dr. Reese also served as a Town Hall panelist in discussing the importance of anti-racist school counseling practices in the profession and as co-lead for the ASCA Conference’s inaugural School Counselors of Color Affinity Group.