Dr. Muninder K. Ahluwalia, Associate Professor in the department of Counseling and Educational Leadership in the College of Education and Human Services, has been named a recipient of the Counselors for Social Justice 'Ohana Award. Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ) is a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA).
The CSJ 'Ohana Honors awards were created by Drs. Michael D'Andrea and Judy Daniels, Counseling faculty at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa, in 1994. They are given annually by Counselors for Social Justice at the American Counseling Association conference in the Spring each year to honor individuals in counseling who affirm diversity and advocate for social justice in the counseling profession in the spirit of nine elements of the indigenous Hawaiian concept of 'ohana or extended family:
Kupono: Integrity, Honesty
Aloha: Unconditional Love
Mana: Spiritual Power
Dr. Ahluwalia teaches graduate students in the PhD in Counselor Education and MA in Counseling programs. Her research includes multicultural counseling, issues of racism and discrimination, and methodological issues in qualitative research. She has previously presented at the United Nations and about the
psychological impact of September 11 backlash on the Sikh community.