4th Annual Diversity Day Lecture Series

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Rehabilitation Counseling Program at SC State will host its 4th Annual Diversity Day Lecture Series, on Thursday, April 23, 2009 from Noon to 2 p.m. in the K.W. Green Student Center on the campus of SC State.

This year’s conference theme is “Acknowledging Diversity and Embracing Change: Implications for Human Services Professionals.”

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Bobbie J. Atkins, professor in the Department of Administration, Rehabilitation and Postsecondary Education at San Diego State University in San Diego, Ca.

Atkins has over 35 years of experience in teaching, research, publications, and service in rehabilitation counseling. She is a national and international leader, with expertise in diversity, disability, women issues, human resources, and leadership. She is also a highly effective teacher, lecturer, speaker, and workshop facilitator.

In 1999, the National Association for Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns (NAMRC) named its research award the Bobbie J. Atkins Rehabilitation Research Award for her tireless efforts and dedication towards the research of rehabilitation.

In 2003, Atkins received the President’s Award from the National Rehabilitation Association.

Atkins also published numerous articles, books and monograph chapters. Her seminal documented research was the foundation for establishing a Research and Training Center at Howard University (Washington, DC) on minority issues. Atkins served as a member of the advisory committee during its entire tenure. Additionally, in the 1992 Amendments to the Rehabilitation Act Section 21, Atkins’ data was used to help support the significance of diversity needs in rehabilitation (disability).

Atkins’ other accomplishments include: National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research Long Range steering committee member, past president of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education, member of numerous advisory committees, and the recipient of numerous achievement awards.

She serves as consultant to a variety of European and American governmental, educational institutions, private and community agencies/businesses specific to diversity, gender, disability, leadership, human resources, and others. She continues to be successful in acquiring numerous grants to positively impact the profession of rehabilitation and higher education.

For more information about the 4th Annual Diversity Day Lecture Series, contact Dr. Bridget Hollis Staten, Associate Professor, Rehabilitation Counseling at (803) 516-4765 or Dorothy Hodges, Administrative Assistant, Rehabilitation Services Administration Grant at (803) 536-8985.