Counselor Ed Faculty and Students Receive Funding to Examine Areas of Racial Disparities and Oppression

Congrats to Drs. Haynes-Thoby and Bayne, doctoral students Jan Gay and Zac McNiece, and master’s/Ed.S. student Cheolwoo Park on their funded projects from the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC) special call for projects focused on racial disparities and oppression. See below for information about their projects.
Path Analysis of Race-Based Trauma, Institutional Betrayal, Help-Seeking, and Career Adaptability for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Employees
Christian D. Chan, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Tahani Dari , University of Toledo; Janice A. Byrd , Kent State University; Ching-Chen Chen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Charmayne R. Adams, University of Nebraska Omah; & Latoya Haynes-Thoby, University of Florida
Creation and Validation of the Decolonizing the Counseling Curriculum Scale
Danica G. Hays, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Hannah Bayne, Jan Gay, Zac McNiece, & Cheolwoo Park, University of Florida

Jan Gay Selected as CE&S Fellow

Jan Gay, doctoral student was selected for the 2020-2021 Counselor Education and Supervision Journal Fellowship Program. The program is designed to provide mentorship to help fellows further develop their skills as scholars.

Jan Gay and Zachary McNiece Recive CSJ Grant

Jan Gay and Zachary McNiece received a $300 research grant from Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ). The funds will support their research study titled, “International Student Support: Implications for Counselor Education Programming.”

Mercy Machado Awarded UF COE Outstanding Graduate of Professional Practice

Mercy Machado, counselor education doctoral student, was awarded the UF College of Education Outstanding Graduate of Professional Practice. Mercy is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has worked with children and their families in various clinical settings.

Caleb Chambliss Awarded UF COE Outstanding Graduate Leadership Award

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Caleb Chambliss, counselor education student, was awarded the UF College of Education Outstanding Graduate Leadership Award. Caleb is actively engaged in leadership at the local and national level. He has been involved in mission trips to Haiti, served as a tutor and mentor, and been involved in various advocacy activities. He also currently serves as secretary of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development.

Jan Gay Named ACES Graduate Student Representative

Jan Gay, counselor education doctoral student, was selected as the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) Graduate Student Representative. She will serve a three-year term beginning in the Summer of 2020 as the ACES Graduate Student Representative-Elect.

Melissa Forgione Named Undergraduate Professional Advisor of the Year

Melissa Forgione, graduate of the UF Counselor Education Program, was named the 2019-2020 Undergraduate Professional Advisor of the Year. Melissa works as the Assistant Director for Academic and Career Advising for the University of Florida Warrington College of Business.

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Dr. Ana Puig Named ACA Fellow

Dr. Ana Puig was selected as one of only two recipients for a 2020 American Counseling Association (ACA) Fellows Award. This award is the highest honor presented by ACA for contributions to the counseling profession. Dr. Puig serves as scholar and research director of the Office of Educational Research in the College of Education, and affiliate faculty of Counselor Education.  She is a licensed mental health counselor and qualified supervisor in the state of Florida and a National Certified Counselor. Dr. Puig has over 25 years of experience working with clients using holistic wellness and humanistic frameworks. She holds a Spirituality and Health certificate from the Center for Spirituality & Health at UF and serves as Associate Director for its research programs. She is also a core team member of the UF Mindfulness program. She has conducted research on creativity, counselor burnout and wellness, complementary therapies, and mindfulness and published articles focusing on these and related topics for the past 15 years. She will be recognized at an awards ceremony to be held during the general session at the ACA 2020 Conference & Expo in San Diego on Friday, April 17th.


UF Counselor Education Students and Faculty Advocate for Counseling at the Capitol

For the 5th straight year, UF Counselor Education students, faculty, and alum joined with the Florida Counseling Association (FCA) to advocate for the clients we serve and the counseling profession. The group spent the day meeting with state legislators and attending committee meetings at the state Capitol in Tallahassee. It was also Gator Day at the Capitol and the group ran into UF President Kent Fuchs along with other university and college leaders while there. A staff member from the American Counseling Association also flew to Tallahassee and joined the group for the day. A special thanks to the FCA Advocacy Committee Co-chairs (Kate Williams, UF counselor ed doctoral student, and Anne Flenner, UF CE program alum) for organizing the event.



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James Rujimora, master’s/Ed.S. student, Wins First Place in Leadership Essay Competition

James Rujimora, a second year counselor education master’s/Ed.S. student, won first place in the 2019-2020 Leadership Essay Contest in the Entry-Level Study Category for his essay titled, “Roots of Wellness.” His essay will be published in CSI Exemplar, the CACREP Connection newsletter, and at The essay topic for this year was “Wellness Promotion through Servant Leadership”. The contest is sponsored by Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) International Honor Society  and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP).