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ASCA Town Hall: Racism in Schools

June 15, 2020

School counselors are exploring how they can refine their school counseling program to help create a school culture free from racism and bias. Many school counselors have been victims of discrimination and are managing the trauma associated with violence, while others are examining their privilege and responsibility to be anti-racists. Let’s talk about it – all of it.

Download the chat transcript from the live event. View additional resources on anti-racism.


  • Brian Coleman, 2019 School Counselor of the Year and School Counselor, Chicago Public Schools
  • Laura Ross, 2020 School Counselor of the Year and School Counselor, Five Forks Middle School, Lawrenceville, Ga.


  • Jan Desmarais-Morse, School Counselor, Goshen Middle School, Goshen, Ind.
  • Derek Francis, Manager of Counseling Services, Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Tinisha Parker, Ph.D., Executive Director of Student Services, Gwinett County School District, Suwanee, Ga.
  • Marsha Rutledge, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Longwood University
  • Carolyn Stone, Ed.D., Chair, ASCA Ethics Committee, and Professor, University of North Florida
  • Jennifer Susko, School Counselor, Mableton Elementary School, Mableton, Ga.