Educating counselors and others in the community about counseling diverse populations.
Mar 09, 2019, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
LBJ Student Center,
San Marcos, TX 78666, USA

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The Day of Learning will bring together graduate students in counseling, licensed professionals, and members of the community who are interested in social justice and increasing access to counseling and quality of counseling services for members of diverse populations.


The symposium will cover topics such as undocumented issues, trauma and students of color, working with transgender clients, police use of excessive force, and white fragility. There will be both speakers and discussion groups.


The Day of Learning is hosted by Texas State Counselors for Social Justice.  Members of Texas State Counselors for Social Justice are Professional Counseling Program graduate students in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology who share a commitment to justice, equity, and ending oppressive conditions affecting individuals, families, and society.












Check-In and Welcome

(Room 3.14)



Understanding the Health Needs of Trans People of Color

The Impact of Race-Based Trauma



Police Use of Excessive Force

Disability and the Counseling Relationship: What Counselors Need to Know





Lunch panel: What counselors need to know to work with transgender clients and families



In Limbo: Supporting Undocu/DACAmented Students in Higher Education

Repatriation: Native American Policy, History, and Spirituality



White Fragility

The Myth of the Strong Black Woman



Closing Remarks (Room 3.14)


Dr. Angela Ausbrooks, LMSW

Dr. Angela R. Ausbrooks is a licensed master social worker, Director of the Master of Social Work program, and Assistant Director of the School of Social Work at Texas State University. Dr. Ausbrooks’ research interests include resilience, trauma, child welfare, juvenile criminal justice issues, and multiculturalism. She has extensive knowledge of the child welfare system, and has conducted numerous presentations on trauma, resilience, human development, and multicultural awareness.


Genaro Sandoval, LCDC

Genaro is a Bilingual (Spanish and English) Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor trained in a range of modalities including EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Positive Psychology, Gottman Therapy method, and Emotional Focused Therapy. His educational background includes an M.A. in Counseling from St. Edwards University, a B.A. in Sociology and minor in psychology from United States International University. Genaro is currently a Research Assistant with the Austin Police Department where he co-facilitates a controlled field research study with staff psychologist Dr. Carol Logan, Vanderbilt University, and University of Texas LBJ school of social policy.

Dr. Harlan Ballard


Dr. Harlan Ballard is the Outreach, Assessment and Retention Coordinator for the Office of Disability Services which falls under the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion in the Division of Student Affairs.

Dr. Ballard joined Texas State University in August 2018 after serving 34.5 years in the U.S. Army. He served in support of Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Dr. Ballard earned his Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma, Norman Campus in Adult and Higher Education with emphasis in Student Personnel Services. He also holds a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Arts in English Secondary Education and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Langston University, Langston, OK. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Ft Leavenworth, KS. Dr. Ballard’s areas of interest include race and gender equity in higher education, mental health awareness of individuals of color and the long term effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries in combat Veterans.

He presently serves as a member of the Veterans Advisory Council, the Veterans Alliance of Texas State, the Bobcat Mentoring Program, the 504 ADA Compliance Committee, the Coalition of Black Staff and Faculty.

Dr. Ballard is a member of the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals in Education, the National Association for African American Studies, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, Operation Homefront, the Centurion Military Alliance, the Texas Wounded Warrior Foundation and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Michelle Sotolongo, MA


Michelle was born in Mexico City and raised with one older sister in Houston, TX. She graduated from Texas State University, Magna Cum Laude, in 2007 with a BFA in Studio Art-Metals/Jewelry, and Fashion Merchandising minor. Additionally, she completed an undergraduate Honors thesis, What Would Jesus Wear?: the Fashioning of the Cross. Michelle earned a Master of Arts degree in International Studies, exploring US immigration, the culmination of which was her thesis, titled In Limbo: Bringing Stability to Undocumented Students Enrolled at Institutions of Higher Education in Central Texas. She enjoys cats, immigrant rights, delicious food, travel, and letting her mind get lost in new designs or research topics.

Arlene Cornejo, M.Ed., MCHES


Arlene Cornejo is a Health Promotion Specialist at Health Promotion Services. She is also an advisor for Healthy Cats and Men Against Violence. Arlene is a certified health educator with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Texas Pan-American and a master’s degree in Health Education from Texas State University. She sits on several committees on the local and national level regarding women in higher education, LGBTQIA health, and drugs and alcohol. Arlene's research interests and areas of concentration include sex education, school health, adolescent health, reproductive health, pregnancy prevention and health disparities. In her free time Arlene enjoys collecting records, watching movies, and discovering new pizza places in Austin.

Jonnie M. Wilson, MA


Jonnie L. M. Wilson is currently the Assistant Director in the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion at Texas State University. She is also the CEO for Speaking Heart to Heart, LLC, a nonprofit that serves the community and surrounding area. She served Texas State University and the surrounding community in various capacities for the past 22 years. She was the recipient of the Mariel Muir Mentoring Award in 2009, Excellence in Diversity Award in 2015 and inducted into Women’s Hall of Fame in 2015 and the Texas State’s Outstanding Staff Award in Women’s History in 2008. Jonnie received the Black Student Alliance Image Award for Black Faculty and Staff of the Year for 10 consecutive years. Jonnie holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and in History and a Master of Arts degree in Black, African and Mexican History She is currently pursuing an additional Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling at Texas State University and will graduate in May 2019. Jonnie is the President of Counselors for Social Justice.


/Directions & Parking

March 9, 2019


LBJ Student Center at Texas State University

601 University Drive

San Marcos, TX 78666


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If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 512-245-3451 at least 72 hours in advance of the event.