CSI/CSM Counseling Honors Society
Who We Are
Chi Sigma Mu Chapter
The Montclair State University chapter of CSI was formed in 2006. We strive to promote connections in local communities between counseling students, educators, alumni, and professionals. Chi Sigma Mu strives to build a strong community to support each other in our counseling graduate studies, professional and personal development, and advocacy efforts through social events, workshops, mentorship, and networking opportunities. We provide a space for sharing of concerns, discussion of important issues, and support for common professional interests. In particular, our chapter focuses on social justice advocacy efforts within our community and beyond. We are dedicated to helping students develop their advocacy and cultural competency. Through our chapter, counseling students and members can attend social events and professional development workshops, participate in mentoring, networking, and staying connected to others who have similar passions. We also provide grant opportunities for members to attend conferences and workshops.
We encourage you to consider the ways you might contribute and partner with us in our efforts. You each have unique strengths and interests that you can bring to CSI, whether that is writing articles for our chapter newsletter, volunteering for one of our committees, or helping to plan upcoming events. Perhaps, you might even consider running for office and joining our executive board.
Chi Sigma Iota International
Established at Ohio University in 1985, Chi Sigma Iota is the international honor society for students, professional counselors, and counselor educators. Our mission is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership and excellence in counseling, and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling. CSI promotes a strong professional identity through members (professional counselors, counselor educators, and students) who contribute to the realization of a healthy society by fostering wellness and human dignity. Members have access to several free resources such as one-hour webinars, free continuing education clock hours, access to the Journal of Leadership & Advocacy, a career center, resources to be advocates for the counseling profession and those we serve, and networking opportunities, just to name a few!
2020-2021 Chi Sigma Mu Chapter Officers
Renee Shand-Lubbers, President
Sunanda “Suni” Sharma, President–Elect
Raymond Blanchard, Past-President
MaryRose Kaplan, Secretary
Ryan Minieri, Treasurer
Dr. Leslie Kooyman, Faculty Advisor
Committee Descriptions, 2020-2021
The Social Justice Committee’s goals align with the American Counseling Association’s Advocacy Competencies (Lewis et al., 2018) and the Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies (Ratts et al., 2015) that empower counseling students to collaborate and take collective action for equitable justice. The committee will recruit members interested in social justice initiatives aimed at advocating for equitable change at the individual, university, and community levels. Committee members may create sub-committees to address specific areas relevant to social justice advocacy with marginalized groups.
The Membership and Grant Committee is responsible for the recruitment and engagement of current and future CSI members through programming development, awards, and outreach activities. Additionally, the committee will serve as reviewers for the annual grant application to provide current CSI members with funding opportunities to attend local, state, and national conferences or other professional development opportunities.
The Mentorship Committee is responsible for the development of a peer-to-peer mentorship program to support the professional development including leadership and advocacy skills of current master’s and doctoral level counseling students. The committee will recruit interested participants, match mentors and mentees, and provide training and support for a pilot program for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Marketing (Newsletter subcommittee)
The Marketing Committee is responsible for promoting CSI events through newsletters, flyers, and social media posts. The Newsletter subcommittee is tasked with creating our Fall and Spring Newsletter which includes upcoming events, member articles, and general information about Chi Sigma Mu.
- Counselor’s Resource List (Compiled by Dr. Chae and Zeynep Cakmak and used with their permission)
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