Annual counseling conference to explore diversity issues

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

SC State University’s Counselor Education Program in the Department of Human Services, in conjunction with the South Carolina Counseling Association, will host the 63rd annual A.I. Mose Counseling Conference.  The conference will be held on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the K.W. Green Student Center on SC State’s campus.

Dr. Lemuel Watson
The A. I. Mose Counseling Conference is a continuing effort of the counselor education faculty and staff to enhance the skills and knowledge of school counselors, mental health counselors, rehabilitation counselors, teachers, counselors in training and pre-professional educators.


Focusing on the theme, “Making Diversity Work:  A Challenge for Helping Professionals,” the conference will address the role of helping professionals in a changing diverse society.

Once used primarily to describe the status and plight of racially and ethnically oppressed populations, the term diversity is now much more inclusive and reflects a wide array of individuals (e.g., immigrants, women, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, (LGBT), the elderly) and the issues they confront (e.g., sexism, racism, classism, colorism, ageism, ableism).  As the presence and visibility of these diverse groups continue, access to unbiased and effective services will be desired and needed. Helping professionals have an obligation to exhibit kindness and understanding when working with diverse students/clients, and it is imperative that they become more adept at engaging student/clients from diverse groups effectively.


Through multiple workshop sessions, this year’s conference will address such issues as classism (bias based on social or economic class); colorism (discrimination based on skin tone-light versus dark) and racial identity development. As such, attendees will learn best practices that will allow them to adapt their counseling skills to effectively assist multicultural and diverse clients.


Dr. Gloria Campbell-Whatley
Dr. Gloria Campbell-Whatley, associate professor in the Department of Special Education and Child Development at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte will serve as the general session conference speaker. Campbell-Whatley has delivered numerous national and international presentations, workshops and strands. Campbell-Whatley, who has written several articles related to multicultural education and published two books on behavior, most recently co-authored the book, “Leadership Practices for Special and General Educators.” Her research focus is diversity, social skills behavior and administration in special education. She earned her doctorate from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa.

Dr. Lemuel Watson, dean of the University of South Carolina’s (USC) College of Education, will deliver the keynote address during the luncheon. Watson is actively transforming new education models at USC’s College of Education. He has been a senior research fellow at Clemson University and the University of South Carolina. Watson, a Fulbright Scholar, has written numerous articles, published books and served as editor for several volumes related to organizational behavior, educational leadership and administration, human development, public policy and higher education.

At the conclusion of the conference, all participants will receive a certificate.  Professional attendees can earn up to four contact hours for full conference participation.  Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend this event.

Advanced registration is $60 and on-site registration is $70.  The registration form is attached.  All SC State University students can attend the conference for $20.  Registration and continental breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m.  General session is from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.  The workshops, which will be held in the Dr. Leroy A. Davis, Sr. Hall, will consist of two breakout sessions.  Session I workshop will begin at 9:55 a.m.  Session II begins at 11:15 a.m.  Lunch will be provided at 12:45 p.m. in the K. W. Green Student Center.

For additional information about the 63rd  annual A. I. Mose Counseling Conference, contact Dr. Carolyn Woodbury, associate professor of Counselor Education and conference chairperson, at (803)536-8853 or

A. I. Mose Registration Form