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Educational achievement gap subject of public talk

Nov. 7, 2007

KALAMAZOO--A nationally known expert in school counseling will visit Western Michigan University Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 7-8, to present a free talk as well as conduct workshops for WMU students.

Area teachers, counselors and the general public are invited to attend the talk by Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy slated for 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in Room 208 of the Bernhard Center. Holcomb will speak on the frequently cited achievement gap in the United States and the social justice goal of helping professionals combat educational disparities. The presentation will be based on her recent book, "School Counseling to Close the Achievement Gap: A Social Justice Framework for Success" published by Corwin Press.

A former elementary school teacher and counselor, Holcomb is an associate professor of counseling and personnel services at the University of Maryland at College Park. She has gained a national reputation in the school counseling field for research and consultation in urban school counseling. Her research interests also include multicultural issues in school counseling, multicultural counseling preparation and training, and counseling African American girls.

Holcomb's appearance in Kalamazoo is part of the visiting scholar program sponsored by WMU's chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, an international counseling honor society.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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