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Courtland Lee presents two workshops Tuesday

March 21, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Dr. Courtland Lee, professor of counselor education at the University of Maryland College Park, visits Western Michigan University this week and presents two free, public workshops Tuesday, March 22.

"Preparing for the Professoriate" will be presented from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Room 204 of the Bernhard Center. The workshop is intended primarily for WMU graduate students in all disciplines and will offer valuable information for those graduate students planning to become college and university professors.

Lee will present "Working with Diverse Youth" from 4 to 5 p.m. in Room 204 of the Bernhard Center. This session is intended primarily for faculty and undergrad and graduate students in the College of Education, as well as members of the Kalamazoo education community. Lee brings considerable expertise in the areas of education and working with diverse youth. The workshop will be valuable for current and future teachers and administrators.

Lee is the author, editor, or co-editor of four books on multicultural counseling and the author of two books on counseling African American males. In addition, he has published numerous book chapters and articles on adolescent development and counseling across cultures.

Secretary of the International Association for Counseling, Lee serves as that association's nongovernmental representative to the United Nations in New York. He is also a Fellow of the British Association for Counseling and Psychotherapy, the first and only American to receive this honor.

Lee served as president of the American Counseling Association, president of the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development and president of Chi Sigma Iota, the international counseling honor society. He is a charter member of Chi Sigma Iota's Academy of Leaders for Excellence and is the former editor of the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development and the Journal of African American Men. He currently serves on the editorial board of the International Journal for the Advancement of Counseling and the Career Development Quarterly.

Lee earned a Ph.D. in counseling from Michigan State University, a master's degree in guidance and counseling from Hunter College of the City University of New York, and his undergraduate degree in history and secondary education from Hofstra University.

A public reception welcoming Lee to the WMU campus will be held in the second floor atrium of Sangren Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. today, March 21.

The event is sponsored by WMU's Mu Beta chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society for students, professional counselors, and counselor educators.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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