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Diana Gallardo Named Holmes Scholar of the Month

Diana Gallardo

Congratulations to Diana Gallardo Holmes Scholar of the Month for September 2021. Gallardo is currently a doctoral student in the counselor education and supervision program at The Pennsylvania State University. She is an alumna of Northwestern University where she obtained her master’s in Mental Health Counseling. She has extensive experience in bilingual therapy, leadership, and psychodynamic oriented group work.

Gallardo’s research agenda focuses on structural and systemic barriers that have historically prevented Latinx students’ retention and advancement in higher education. Specifically, she is interested in bringing attention to the barriers Latinx counselors-in-training experience in educational systems and the impact these barriers have on their wellness. Her dissertation will explore barriers for Latinx counseling students. Gallardo was recently accepted into the National Board for Certified Counselors Minority Fellowship Program. The fellowship will support Gallardo’s scholarly activities by fostering involvement in her research area through the completion of her dissertation, engagement in leadership and service roles, and advocacy efforts to improve the training of counselors and counselors-in-training. It will also provide access to trainings to increases her competencies in working with Latin and minority populations, and support conference expenses to disseminate her research to broader audiences. 

To nominate a Holmes Scholar for the Scholar of the Month award, please use this online form