Maryland Summit on Multicultural Issues in Counseling Centers

Stephens Hall

General Information

The second Multicultural Summit on Multicultural Issues in Counseling Centers:

  • When: Tuesday, June 9, 2020
  • Time: 8:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. 
  • Venue: Towson University's West Village Commons
  • GPS Address: 505 W Towsontown Blvd. Towson, MD 21252
  • Additional information regarding West Village Commons can be found here

Conference Theme

Promoting Community & Social justice in a complex & Ever-evolving world 

The 2020 Maryland Summit on Multicultural Issues in Counseling Centers will provide opportunities for participants to reflect on staying engaged in the essential work of social justice even (and maybe especially) in this historical period of division and extremism. We also hope to bring together college mental health professionals in the greater Baltimore/DC area and beyond to share best practices, discuss emerging trends in student mental health, and engage in critical dialogues on pressing social issues as they impact our role as college mental health provider.

This half-day conference will include: 

  • A 3-hour CE workshop by an engaging keynote speaker 
  • Concurrent CE programs 
  • Conversation hour (meaningful dialogue on hot topics) 
  • Networking & collaboration opportunities 

Keynote Presentation 

Activist, Agitator, Advocate, Absent? 

Exploring the role of counseling center Professionals in turbulent Times

The current socio-political environment is often described as turbulent. There is no doubt that it has complicated our campus cultures and environments. The level of vitriol and divisiveness seems to be at an all-time high. Hate crimes and bias incidents have increased. Agitation and unrest seek expression and voice, yielding movements like Black Lives Matter, and #metoo. The levels of stress and anxiety in Gen Z surpass previous generations. Data tells us the story of a socio-political climate that is producing identity-based stress, depression and a charged campus environment.

This keynote will explore the role of University Counseling Centers in helping campus and individual students navigate this charged socio-political environment. Specifically, we will review the social justice history of the Collegiate Mental Health profession to help contextualize our current role.  We will use the tenets of values clarification, power & privilege, and social justice to anchor a discussion that will explore how we choose to engage – as activists, advocates and even agitators – and when our best choice is to remove ourselves from the discourse.

 about the Keynote Speaker 

Dr. Stacey Pearson-Wharton

Dr. Stacey Pearson-Wharton offers expertise and a positive approach for issues surrounding diversity, social justice, inclusion, and mental health to provide hope and healing in difficult times. She will be presenting a 3-hour workshop on “Activist, agitator, advocate, absentee: Exploring the Role of Counseling Center Professionals in Turbulent Times.”

For nearly 20 years Dr. Stacey Pearson-Wharton has dedicated herself to Collegiate Mental Health. Her passion is helping students maximize their learning, health and wellness, and personal growth and creating systems that make this possible. Over the last 20 years Dr. Pearson-Wharton has served in the Counseling Centers of University of Michigan, University of Central Florida, and currently works for Susquehanna University as the Dean of Health & Wellness and Director of the Counseling Center. 

Dr. Stacey Pearson-Wharton served the Governing Board of the American College Personnel Association as the Director of Equity and Inclusion where she used her expertise and experience to navigate complicated social justice issues. She has significant experience teaching, publishing, and presenting on issues related to college student development. She holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University and a Masters in Counselor Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor's from Norfolk State University.

Call for program proposals 

Program Proposal

We invite you to submit a proposal for the conference related to our conference theme. We are accepting program proposals through Feb 28th, 2020. You may read more about guidelines for the proposal in the attached document and submit your proposals here.

***Conference Schedule and Registration will be updated soon.


Contact Us

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