Loyola University Maryland

Center for Innovation in Urban Education (CIUE)

What do African American 9th graders discuss with school counselors?

Faculty Speaker Series

The Center for Innovation in Urban Education (CIUE) is hosting a speaker series featuring faculty research. The series aims to build community through intimate gatherings that promote dialogue and foster shared learning. Undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, faculty, administration, and citizens of the greater Baltimore City area who have a stake in our work are invited to attend and engage in conversation.

Much of the literature on African American students academic achievement has documented that African American students underachieve on measures such as standardized tests in comparison to other racial groups. Although much of this work has focused on why African American students experience limited academic success, some scholarship has underscored the impact of school counselors on African American student achievement. Given school counselors’ dynamic role in supporting student academic and social/emotional development, consideration of the concerns and needs that African American students bring into their counseling sessions is important. This presentation features the research that investigates the topics that African American students discuss during individual counseling sessions using a national data, as well as the predictors associated with African American 9th graders use of counseling services. 
Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Location: Loyola University Maryland Graduate Center Timonium Campus – Room 54/56/58
Lecture Time: 5:30-7 p.m. – Doors open at 5:15 p.m.
Pre-Event Reception: The Lounge 4:45-5:15 p.m.

The following event is free to the public. This administrative cost is only for participants who wish to receive a CEU from Loyola University Maryland for 1.5 hours of professional development. Certificates will be mailed to those who upload an event reflection which can be found on the event learning space. Participants can sign up to receive CEUs here

Learn about the Speakers:

Presenter: Qi Shi, Ph.D. - School Counseling, Education Specialties Department

Qi ShiQi Shi is an Assistant Professor in the School Counseling Program at the Department of Education Specialties at Loyola University Maryland. Her research interests include school counselors’ role in personal, social, and academic development of underrepresented student populations, using national datasets to answer research questions in school counseling and education field, hybrid and online counseling course design and the school counseling profession’s development in developing countries. She has published in well-regarded, often cited and quality peer-reviewed journals, such as, Professional School Counseling, The Professional Counselor, Journal of College Access, Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, Journal of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Asia Pacific Education Review and International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling.

Moderator: Cheryl Moore-Thomas, Ph.D. - Associate VP for Faculty Affairs and Diversity, Academic Affairs

cheryl moore-thomasCheryl Moore-Thomas joined the Loyola faculty as an assistant professor in 2000, was tenured and promoted to associate professor in 2007, and promoted to full professor in 2017. She served as associate dean of the School of Education, chair of the department of education specialties and director of the school counseling program. A graduate of Loyola, she holds a B.A. in elementary education and a M.Ed. in school counseling. She completed her Ph.D. in counselor education at the University of Maryland and is a board certified counselor through NBCC. Dr. Moore-Thomas is an active researcher with publications in the areas of racial identity development, multicultural counseling competence, college and career readiness, and access and equity in education. Working with the VPAA, Deans, and Academic Departments, Dr. Moore-Thomas coordinates faculty hiring, development, retention, inclusion and mentoring programs across the career cycle; oversees the strategic digital pedagogy initiative and the Office of Digital Teaching and Learning; leads diversity, inclusion and equity initiatives in Academic Affairs; oversees the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs; and provides leadership for the Faculty Director for Community-Engaged Learning and Scholarship.

 Selected Research:

Shi, Q. and Goings, R. (2018). What Do African American Ninth Graders Discuss During Individual School Counseling Sessions? A National Study. Professional School Counseling, 21(1). https://doi.org/10.1177/2156759X18778803.