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Scholar of the Month: Stacey Litam, Kent State University

Congratulations to Stacey Litam of Kent State University (OH), Holmes Scholar of the Month for October!

Litam’s research rests within the field of counselor education. Her specific research interests pertain to supporting, advocating for, and designing interventions working with survivors of and individuals within sex trafficking. She is also engaged with the improvement of mental health services and civil justices for marginalized groups in regard to sex, sexual orientation, religion, and race.

Litam exemplifies the principles of the AACTE Holmes Program through her passionate and dedicated contributions to the education and counseling psychology fields. As a Holmes Scholar, Litam has gone above and beyond the call of duty to promote the field of education, mental health services, and social justice. With her higher education teaching, Litam has provided opportunity for future service providers with a holistic development and exploration into counseling psychology clinical practice, and greater understanding of multicultural counseling and human sexuality, as well as providing a deeper acknowledgement of the mental health field within the medical field.

In her research, Litam continues to shine the light on the marginalization of people and attempts to bring understanding to the unknown areas of human trafficking and the need for advocates and mental health services. As a national and international presenter, she has brought her enlightening work far and wide as a first author and as a collaborator with her peers and colleagues within and outside of her field for the advancement of interdisciplinary health care and social justice. Litam not only commits herself to teaching and research but continues to push the advancement of the field with her service work with organizations such as Counselors for Social Justice; the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling; and the Ohio Counseling Association, to name a few.

Litam was recently interviewed by the American Counseling Association and featured in its Counseling Today magazine, discussing her dissertation and social justice work around human trafficking, human sexuality, LGBTQIA+, and multicultural issues. Litam was also recently hired by the Department of Education and Human Services at Cleveland State University (OH) as a visiting assistant professor. In 2017, she received the Mary Smith Arnold Anti-Oppression Award from Counselors for Social Justice as well as the Humanistic Advocacy and Social Justice Award from the Association for Humanistic Counseling.

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Dana Dunwoody

Boston University, Holmes Scholars Council President, 2017-2019