Join us to gain insights, strategies, and tools for cultivating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive counseling practice, schools and to contribute to a compassionate and effective community. Together, we can make a positive impact and work towards a brighter, more accepting future.
Exclusive Pre-conference, deep-dive sessions, are also available. Read more below.
Keynote Speaker: Jacinta Williams
Jacinta Williams is a social justice and racial equity practitioner with almost 20 years of experience facilitating change in public, independent, and international education as well as in nonprofits and corporations. Jacinta started her work in social justice as a front-line advocate to ensure women of color in the city of Atlanta had access to HIV/AIDS testing, programmatic resources, and clinical trials. In 2002, she co-created the Metro Atlanta Women of Color Initiative (MAWOCI), Atlanta’s first and still leading HIV testing program for women of color.
After her time in public health, Jacinta continued her work in ensuring equitable access for marginalized communities in the education field where she worked to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion into teaching and learning and school systems, policies ,and processes. Jacinta is a skilled coach, process designer and facilitator and has experience designing and leading meaningful engagement and learning experiences across the entire ecosystem.
As a former teacher, instructional coach, and DEI leader in large non-profits, she brings a wealth of context and experience with engaging individuals, teams, and organizations in strategically addressing challenging and complex issues and integrating equitable processes to achieve equitable outcomes in structures, systems, policies, programs, and practices.
Most recently, she served as the Head of Equity and Inclusion at Atlanta International School and now works with local and international schools and companies to recognize and disrupt any cultural norms, processes and practices that prevent the community from living into its expressed diversity, equity, and inclusion commitment and goals. She focuses her work on building the capacity of people to materially shift conditions so that everyone can thrive and partners with organizations and people who are serious about ensuring conditions that work for everyone.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology summa cum laude from Emory University and a Master’s Degree in Education from Oglethorpe University. In her spare time, you can find her working out, traveling, reading fantasy novels, and supporting community development efforts.
Exclusive Workshop Series by Jacinta Williams
In addition to her Keynote presentations, Jacinta will be offering 3 workshops at the Athens Conference addressing:
Pre- Conference Workshops
Building Bridges of Understanding: Practical Tools for Productive Conversations on LGBTQ+ Matters
with Dr. Emily Meadows
March 7th 8am-3pm
Join our thought-provoking pre-conference workshop with Dr. Emily Meadows (she/her) where we delve into practical strategies to navigate and address sensitive topics around LGBTQ+ youth and practices in schools. Emily is an LGBTQ+ consultant for international schools, and has worked as a school counselor for many years.
Whether your school is actively promoting LGBTQ+ inclusion or grappling with the challenges that lie ahead, this pre-conference workshop will equip you with the necessary tools to navigate these conversations effectively.
In this day-long deep dive, we will:
Participants working in any country and cultural context are welcome to join. Don't miss this opportunity to foster an inclusive environment and develop practical skills to address LGBTQ+ matters in international schools.
Crisis Intervention: Practical Strategies and Skill Building for School Counselors
with Dr. Scott Poland
March 7th 8am-3pm
Schools face difficulties managing tragic incidents like student or staff deaths, terrorism, or natural disasters. School counselors must be prepared to help affected staff and K-12 students using culturally responsive practices and provide crucial guidance to school leaders in crisis planning.
This workshop helps counselors develop skills in responding to trauma, managing emotions, and building resilience.
Dr. Poland will cover the following:
The detailed conference schedule will be posted in November. However, for planning purposes here are the times of the event:
*These times are subject to change. A final schedule will be posted in November 2023.
If you are interested in presenting…Consider a highlight of your counseling program and what it provides students. We invite you to showcase, in detail, how you implement this program at your school and how it could be transferable to another school. Apply by October 1, 2023. To learn more about presenting visit the Call for Proposals Page.