​​​​NATIONAL COMMITTEE WORK


I contribute to the social work profession by dedicating some of my time to national committee work.  I am currently serving the last year of my term as Chair of the Cultural Competence Track with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).  Previously, I served a three-year term as a Councilor on the Council on Disabilities and Persons with Disabilities (2014-2017), also with CSWE.  In 2016, I was invited by the chairs of the National Association of Social Workers' (NASW) Health Specialty Practice Section to write for their newsletter on the topic of cultural competence; a piece entitled "Rethinking culturally competent social work practice in health care settings."



EDITORIAL/REVIEW/ADVISORY BOARD


From 2015 to 2017, I was on the Advisory Board for Alexander Street, a ProQuest Company, as they worked to build a online collection of social work resources.  You can check out that collection here.


I currently review for the following journals:​


     Advances in Social Work
     Journal of Health Care for the Poor and  Underserved
     Journal of Mental Health
     Journal of Spirituality and Mental Health
     Mental Health, Religion, and Culture
     Mental Health Services Research
     Race and Social Problems
     Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping
     Social Science & Medicine
     Social Work
     Social Work in Mental Health





sERVICE OUTREACH

and upcoming events.

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SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK


In the SSW, I was appointed by the Dean to create, coordinate, and chair a new committee on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).  I was elected to serve on the School's Doctoral Committee (2020 - present) and the Faculty Executive Committee (2016 - present), this year as chair.  I also serve on the MSW Program Committee (2012 - present) and, most recently, the Online MSW Program Course Development Group.  I previously served as faculty advisor for the UGA Chapter of the Association of Black Social Workers (2015-2018), a member of the Grade Appeals Committee (2014-2017), a member of the MSW Program Curriculum Redesign Group, and on the MSW Faculty-Student Committee (2015-2016).



​UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA CAMPUS


At the University level, I serve on the Diversity Advisory Council (2019 - Present).  I was also asked to serve on the UGA Office of Institutional Diversity's upcoming search for an Associate Director of Faculty and Staff Initiatives.  I was previously on the Intercultural Engagement Certificate Design Committee (2016 - 2018), the advisor for the UGA Chapter of To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA) (2015 - 2017), and the SSW representative on the Faculty Admissions Committee (2014 - 2016). 

Community SErvice

When designing this section of the site, I spent a lot of time thinking about how to define "service."  I struggled to distinguish "service" from what I simply "do."  And finding pictures to represent that?  Whew!  This struggle to think about the act of service speaks to how I think about contributing to the world around me: don't think about it, just do it.  Now, that is not to say that I act without intention or purpose; I do.  But I do not spend much time thinking about what to call or how to categorize what I am doing.  I do not think about how to document, list, or record it.  I do not think about the accolades, recognition, or attention that could result from it. I just do the work; work I believe will make the greatest impact for those that need (me) the most.  So, to me, service is about making a contribution, having an impact, and improving lives.  And it is at the heart of everything I do. 

PROFESSIONAL sERVICE

coMMUNITY OUTREACH

PRESENTATIONS/TALKS

Many of the presentations and talks I give are related to social justice and/or mental health, illness, and wellness, especially among Black Americans.  If you are interested in speaking with me or would like me to lead a discussion with your group, organization, or community on these topics, feel free to contact me.


Upcoming

There are no presentations scheduled at this time.


Previous

Mental Health As A Believer. Audience of One Podcast with Monique Tuset. (June, 2020)  Listen here.


Working Towards Health Equity with Vulnerable Populations: Attending to the Physical and Mental Health of African Americans. Certificate Program on Health Disparities, University of Georgia. (February, 2020)


Working Towards Health Equity with Vulnerable Populations: Attending to the Physical and Mental Health of African Americans. Multicultural Counseling; Multicultural and Diversity Issues in Health Psychology. University of Houston – Clear Lake.  (February, 2020)

Attending to Mental Health, Too. Because You Matter: Self Care Conference for African Americans, Progressive Outreach Coalition, Inc., Athens, GA.  (November, 2017) 

Liberation: Mental Health in the Black Community.  Guest speaker for guests of the Zeta Psi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (with Clark, T.) University of Georgia. (April, 2016)

Mental Health Awareness and College Students.  Panel presentation sponsored by To Write Love On Her Arms’ Mental Health Awareness Week, University of Georgia. (September, 2015)

Mental Health and the African American Community. Panel Presentation sponsored by Zeta Nu Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. (with Bailey, D. F., Dickens, D. D., & Kelley, R.) University of Georgia. (February, 2015)
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CONSULTING


I believe in using my skills and training to assist others.  I have collaborated with community leaders as they look for ways to improve the health and well-being of those they serve.  Currently, I am using my research, assessment, and evaluation expertise to work with churches to assess the mental health needs of their members, evaluate the churches' ability to address those needs, and offer recommendations to strengthen the churches' efforts to help effectively.  If you are interested in having me use my research, assessment, and evaluation skills to assist your church or organization, feel free to contact me.