ACES Diversity & Inclusion Interest Network Purpose/Mission/Goal Statement
The purpose of the Diversity & Inclusion Interest Network is to promote the appreciation and understanding of multiculturalism and diversity in research, teaching, leadership, supervision and counseling through building a community of counselor educators, supervisors, and students dedicated to addressing the concerns of minoritized individuals through providing spaces of dialogue, collaborating to provide resources to inform the field, establishing or facilitating mentorship, and overall ensuring that the concerns of marginalized individuals are addressed in ACES governance.”
The ACES Diversity & Inclusion Interest Network is a group of counselor educators, counselors, supervisors, and students with an interest in diversity topics. This interest network is committed to improving the conversation around diversity topics including race/ethnicity, sexual and affectional orientation, disability status and accessibility, and religious diversity as well as other identity factors that may influence access to the profession.
Lynn Pierce (Secretary/Historian-ACES Diversity & Inclusion Network)
Lynn Pierce is a third year PhD candidate in counselor education and supervision at The Pennsylvania State University. Pierce has work experience with trauma, sexual/affectional and gender minorities and individuals with disabilities. Much of her interest is in how intersecting identities may impact marginalized and minority individuals. Pierce is a service dog handler of 5 years and her research and advocacy centers on helping mental health professionals and related professions understand the laws applicable to service dog teams and how to interact with service dog handlers in positive ways to improve outcomes for this demographic.
Jonique Childs, PhD (CoChair-ACES Diversity & Inclusion Network)
Jonique R. Childs is an assistant professor in the College of Education Student Development program. She has completed her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University of Iowa. Additionally, she has completed an graduate minor in Multicultural Education & Cultural Competency and is a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). Jonique has also completed dual Masters degrees MS.Eds in school and clinical mental health counseling with an emphasis in career development. Dr. Childs has previous experiences as an at-risk school counselor, college career counselor and recruiter, and clinical mental health counselor on the national suicide prevention hotline. She has served various individuals from different ethnic backgrounds to include adolescent, high school students, undergraduates, graduate students, and older adults.
Dr. Child’s research investigates the psychosocial needs of students that identify as First-Generation in K-12 and post-secondary education. Her research seeks to systematically examine the personal, social, emotional, academic, and career attainment of post-secondary education of first-generation college students of color and the interconnectedness of mental well-being with an emphasis in help seeking behaviors and attitudes for personal counseling and career services. Jonique’s research areas of interest include career development and decision-making, multicultural education, cultural competency, social justice advocacy practices, leadership characteristics, and mental health awareness.
Teysha Bowser, PhD (CoChair-ACES Diversity & Inclusion Network)
Teysha Bowser is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the School Counseling Emphasis in the Department of Professional Counseling at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Teysha currently serves as the Graduate Student Representative-Past and is the co-chair of the ACES Diversity & Inclusion Interest Network. Her scholarly interests consist of racial microaggressions/gendered racial microaggressions, Racial Battle Fatigue and its effects on minority populations, intergenerational trauma, and Indigenous Ways of Knowing (IWOK).