On The Passing of Representative John Lewis
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Representative John Lewis, Civil Rights Leader, who died on July 17, 2020, at age 80. John Lewis was a fearless giant, a legend, who courageously spoke out, and marched against the racial & social injustices of his time. He was one of the Freedom Riders, and he was assaulted, beaten, and jailed for his protests. His activism spanned his entire life, and we are better for it. John Lewis was one of the major inspirations for the forming of MCSJ, and we owe him a debt of gratitude for his work on behalf of Racial & Social Justice Advocacy, and for encouraging us to bear our own torches for justice. Thank you, Sir; for we know that, "we are in a struggle of a lifetime," and we will, "never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble." Rest in Power, Sir.
-Dr. Chioma Anah
MCSJ First President (2018-2019)
MCSJ Founder/Executive Director
Maryland Counselors for Social Justice (MCSJ)
The mission of Maryland Counselors for Social Justice (MCSJ) is to work to promote social justice advocacy in our society, through confronting oppressive systems of power and privilege that manifest in a lack of equal access, benefits, resources, and opportunities to large segments of our population. We work to address mental health issues caused by social marginalization, and oppressive issues that affect professional counselors, students, and the clients we serve. Our goal is to work to assist in positive change in our society, and call attention to additional ways counselors could be better advocates in their work with diverse, marginalized and disenfranchised clients, through professional development.
Bylaws were completed on 2/26/2018 and send to MCA for membership vote.
5/8/2018 MCA officially approved MCSJ bylaws.
MCSJ Bylaws Adopted- 5/8/2018
MCSJ EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP:
President: Kshipra Jain
President-Elect: Dr. Kizzy Pittrell
Secretary: Dr. Diona Emmanuel
Treasurer: Bahar Alagheband
Counselor Representative: Dr. Sade Dunn
Student Representative: Ursula Cerro
Past-President: Dr. Don Trahan, Jr.
Founder/Executive Director: Dr. Chioma Anah
Membership Chair: Donnette Deigh
Public Relations Chair: Sahaj Kohli
Professional Development Chair: Amanda Friday
Human Rights Chair: Preet Kaur
Social Justice Advocacy Chair: Grace Abraham Lewis
“In these days of difficulty, we Americans everywhere must and shall choose the path of social justice…, the path of faith, the path of hope, and the path of love toward our fellow man.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Benefits of Membership
Professional Networking Opportunities
Continuing Education (CE's) at a Reduced Price
Support and Advocacy for Social Justice Issues in Maryland
Quarterly Newsletter, and opportunities to publish articles, interviews, viewpoints, and advertise your business or trainings
Trainings Specifically Geared to Address Social Justice Advocacy Issues concerning Counselors and the clients they serve
Staying Current with Public Policy Issues and New Laws of Interest to Professional Counselors
To promote Social Justice Advocacy Issues in Professional Counseling to the Public/Community
To Help Further the Field of Social Justice Advocacy in Professional Counseling
Opportunities for Leadership
There are several opportunities for leadership positions in various committees. We are always in need of people to help and volunteer their time to our organization
MCSJ will be providing trainings, workshops, and a conference that highlight Social Justice Advocacy Issues in counseling. We also support other counseling organizations and local counselors who provide trainings that bring social justice advocacy awareness to our members. If you have a training or event that you would like to promote, please email mdcounselorsMCSJ@gmail.com
Membership Type and Fees
Life-time Membership $300
Join us, let's make a difference together, and change the world!
“It may well be that we will have to repent in this generation. Not merely for the vitriolic words and the violent actions of bad people, but for the appalling silence and indifference of the good people who sit around and say, “Wait on time.” – Martin Luther King Jr.