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Maryland Counselors for Social Justice

Making a Difference in Professional Counseling; Working Towards a More Just Society; and Changing the World.


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


MCSJ Mission

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.

MCSJ Bylaws

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

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Maryland Counselors for Social Justice-MCSJ

P.O. Box 5631

Baltimore, MD 21210

Email: mdcounselorsmcsj@gmail.com

"Keep pushing towards justice."




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

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“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


Professional Development

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

Professional/Regular $15
Student $10
Associate $20
Retiree/Veteran $5
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.

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Your Voice Matters

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." - Martin Luther King, Jr.