The NARACES Executive Council is accepting nominations and self-nominations for the following positions:
NARACES President-Elect (2022-2025)
NARACES Presidents serve a three-year term on the Executive Council in the role of President-Elect, President, and Past-President: President-Elect (2022-2023)/President (2023-2024)/Past-President (2024-2025). Please note that when in the positions of NARACES President-Elect and NARACES President, this role includes membership on the Governing ACES council and attendance to all ACES governing council meetings is required.
a. The president‑elect shall act as president at all Association and Executive Council meetings in the absence of the president and shall succeed to the presidency at the expiration of the term president‑elect (July 1).
b. The president shall be the chief executive officer of the Association and the chairperson of its Executive Council. The president shall appoint chairpersons and members of all committees, unless otherwise specifically provided for in these by-laws or by the motion establishing such committees and shall hold ex-officio membership on all committees. The president shall call all regular and special meetings of the Association when necessary and shall report annually to the Association upon action of the Executive Council and other items of concern to the members. The president shall oversee the annual fall conference. The address of the president shall be used as the official mailing address of NARACES. The president shall receive and act upon all correspondence relating to the Association. The president shall represent NARACES on the ACES Executive Council.
c. The past president shall serve as a parliamentarian, Chairperson of the Nomination and Election Committee, and serve on the Executive Council and Executive Committee of the Association.
d. Elected individual must be available for the ACES Summer Meeting June 10 and 11, 2022 in Salt Lake City, meetings at the ACA Conference, as well as participation in quarterly Zoom meetings. The individual is required to actively attend and support regional board meetings and fulfill the duties of their position set by regional bylaws and policy handbooks. In their final year, they will serve on the ACES election and nominations committee, support regional officer nominations, and participating in the nominations and elections process for national ACES leadership.
NARACES Secretary-Elect (2022-2024)
The NARACES Secretary serves a two-year term on the NARACES Executive Council in the roles of Secretary-Elect (2022-2023) and Secretary (2023-2024).
a. The secretary-elect shall act as secretary at all Association and Executive Council meetings in the absence of the secretary and shall succeed to the office of secretary at the expiration of the term as secretary‑elect.
b. The secretary shall keep the records of the Association and the Executive Council, work in cooperation with the president in handling NARACES [minutes] and perform such other duties assigned by the president and/or the Executive Council.
Graduate Student Representative (2022-2024)
The NARACES Graduate Student Representative serves a two-year term on the NARACES Executive Council in the roles of Graduate Student Representative-Elect (2022-2023) and Graduate Student Representative (2023-2024).
The GSR to the NARACES Executive Councils support fellow graduate students, advocate for graduate students, promote graduate student membership in NARACES, ACES, and ACA, serve as a liaison between graduate students and the NARACES leadership and enrich the experience of graduate students as they progress through their counselor education programs.
If you are interested in running or nominating someone for one of these positions, please contact Michelle Hinkle at email@example.com
For self-nominations, please include:
- A one-paragraph statement of interest in serving the NARACES membership
- A copy of your CV (please leave out personal addresses/phone numbers)
If nominating someone please include: Contact information so that we can determine their interest in the nomination. Nominations for these positions are due on November 5, 2021 at 11:59 pm.
As leaders in NARACES, we would like to denounce the persistent and rising hate-crimes against members of the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander community. We again are facing the reality of white supremacy, with the recent mass shooting targeting Asian Americans, in which eight people were killed. Six of the killed were Asian-American women.
This racism and white supremacy are something that we cannot stay silent about. We want to address the region and acknowledge the ongoing trauma and fear over safety that the AAPI community has always experienced and continues to experience at increasing rates in the last year. The rhetoric and language, particularly around the pandemic, has fueled continued bias, hate crimes, and violence against AAPI individuals. Anti-Asian violence and bias has unfortunately been a part of the national narrative since the inception of our history, and we have seen an increase of targeted hate language leveled at our Asian American neighbors, loved ones, and colleagues since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hate-crimes have increased, Asian owned business have been shunned, and bias language has persisted. The resulting fear has serious impact on daily living and individual mental health.
We value mental health, relationships, and wellness. White supremacy has negative impacts on all three of these and staying silent allows white supremacy to persist. Advocacy and social justice should be in the fabric of our professional identities. To our regional members who identify as Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander, NARACES stands with you. Please note that we have an upcoming BIPOC wellness group related to racial trauma. Also, please look for registration, opening in a couple weeks, for an affinity group for International Asian and Asian-American regional members in April. Both events are planned by our Wellness and Advocacy committees.
As counselors and counselor educators, it is essential that we identify racism when it happens and model this to students. We must recognize the insidious impacts of white supremacy, and openly challenge the white supremist narrative that simply a ‘lone wolf’ or ‘mental health issues’ have led to these acts of terror against minoritized community members. Initiate complex conversation with students about how to consider and communicate intersectionality in relation to this hate crime by reading this commentary. This article provides ideas and resources on addressing the history of anti-Asian racism and violence that can be adapted for graduate students. Further, consider attending this free bystander intervention training with your students. Finally, and as a reminder, ACA’s statement was accompanied with various resources and articles of note.
As NARACES leaders, we discussed how we would like to respond to the on-going racism present in our society, and specifically directed towards African Americans. With the recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, we believe it is very important to send out our own call to action as many of our professional counseling organizations (i.e., ACA, ACES, NBCC) have already done. Though we echo their sentiments, we wanted to take a slightly different approach by offering action items and invite you to: Read, View, and Do.
As counselors and counselor educators, we know about the stages of change. We also know how imperative it is to be advocates and allies, and to teach our students to be oriented toward social justice, and to model our own social justice commitment to our students. We realize that we are not all in the same place of action and responsiveness toward these racist events, and we ask you to think about where you are in relation to racism and your racial development. From there, decide where you need to be and what you can do to show that you will not stand for racism.
Below is a collection of resources for each category of Read, View, and Do. We urge you to ask yourself, particularly if you are White, ‘How am I being an ally?’ Only you know the answer, and we have provided a place to start, as well as suggestions on how you can begin doing something to take a stand against racism and show solidarity to the Black community. Engaging in these actions can be more powerful, and effect greater change, if you have a community in which to do so; please invite in family, friends, colleagues, and/or neighbors to also read, view, or do. Together, we can create positive change. James Baldwin once wrote “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” As a community, we cannot resolve the nation’s problems alone, but we can at least face our own issues that are relevant to the present situation.
A Call to Read
JMCD special edition on counseling African American clients in the era of Black Lives Matter, police brutality, and media stereotypes
American Psychiatric Association. (2017). APA Toolkit for Providers Treating African-Americans: Stress and Trauma Related to the Political and Social Environment.
Aymer, S. R. (2016). “I can’t breathe”: A case study – helping Black men cope with race-related trauma stemming from police killing and brutality. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 26,(3-4), 367-376.
DiAngelo, R. (2018). White fragility: Why it’s so hard for white people to talk about racism. Beacon Press.
Gase, L. N., Glenn, B. A., Gomez, L. M., Kuo, T., Inkelas, M., & Ponce, N. A. (2016). Understanding racial and ethnic disparities in arrest: The role of individual, home, school, and community characteristics. Race and Social Problems, 8(4), 296-312.
Kahn K. B., Steele J. S., McMahon J. M., & Stewart, G. (2017). How suspect race affects police use of force in an interaction over time. Law and Human Behavior, 41(2), 117-126.
Rothstein, R. (2017). The color of law. W.W. Norton & Co.
Saleh, A. Z., Appelbaum, P., Liu, X., Stroup, T. S., & Wall, M. (2018). Deaths of people with mental illness during Interactions with law enforcement. International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 58, 110-116.
The Guardian: The Counted Project. January 8, 2017. Young Black Men Again Faced Highest Rate of US Police Killings in 2016.
A Call to View
A Call to Do