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Keynote speaker at Counselor Day to focus on diversity in higher education

March 7, 2011

Indiana State University will host its sixth annual Counselor Day on March 15 in University Hall.

The day-long conference is a professional development opportunity for school counselors, counseling students, and faculty.

Participants will be able to choose what sessions they attend from a variety of topics including ways to create diversity, how to manage stress, and techniques for motivating the most challenging students.

Mary Ferguson, director of diversity at Indiana State, will deliver a keynote address examining how diversity is framed in the higher education context and discuss the concept of inclusive excellence. Ferguson has spent more than 30 years educating herself and others about diversity and inclusion. Prior to coming to Indiana State in 2009, she served on the faculty in the Graduate College of Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and as a faculty member in the School of Communications at Webster University.

She has been a consultant in multicultural organizational development in the St. Louis area and around the Midwest and has collaborated in curriculum development and programs with leading justice non-profit organizations including the Anti-Defamation League and the National Conference for Community and Justice.

The conference is free. However, if participants want to receive graduate credit the cost is $273. Professional growth points are also available to participants. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Counselor Day is sponsored by the Bayh College of Education, the Office of Admissions, and the Counseling program. For more information or to register for the event, visit

Contact: Emily Gruenert, graduate assistant, Bayh College of Education, Indiana State University,

Writer: Britany Dean, media relations assistant, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University,