“Stand Beside Her, And Guide Her” by Arling Moctesuma


“Stand Beside Her, And Guide Her”

One of the most iconic lyrics that describes America is that “America is the land of the free and the home of the brave. However, that lyric should have come with an asteroid attached to it explaining that it’s only free if you’re white and people of color have to be brave enough to try to live in White America. Authors Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds co-writes the novel Stamped Racism, Antiracism, and You, to highlight the issues rooted by racism. The reality that Kendi emphasizes in the introduction, is that people of color aren’t the problem in America and in fact racist ideologies and stereotypes are. As a woman of color, I am completely aware of the disadvantages that come simply because of the race I check off when identifying myself to an establishment. I understand and realize that white privileged most certainly exist in American culture. And I also understand that every one of the American systems was not created for POC but instead was built to only benefit the oppressor, white people. However I also want to believe, just as Kendi explains at the end of the introduction, that “there will come a time when we will love humanity, when we will gain the courage to fight for an equitable society for our beloved humanity, knowing, intelligently, that when we fight for humanity, we are fighting for ourselves. There will come a time” (Kendi Reynolds xx).

In the midst of today’s political climate and division in this country, change is inevitable and urgent. Kendi, already alludes to the struggles that people of color, specifically Black people, deal with on a daily basis. Such as, the constant overhanging fear of being a victim to police brutality or another hashtag as well as having to battle the negative sterotypes that have been generationally made about Black people. These negative misconceptions that have been put on POC due to racism, is not going away with the current Administration, in fact racism and prejudice is actually being amplified. The frequent use of racial rhetoric stated at such a national level, gives encouragement for ignorant people to mimic the same language locally. Due to the fact that racism is an intersectionality issue, it is pivotal for all groups of people to mobilize together to demand and fight for change. Furthermore, living in a world free of racism is an idealistic point of view. Getting rid of racism, particularly in the United States, is going to be a long a rigorous journey simply due to the fact that the United States was built on racism and the backs of Black people. However the only way to fight and attempt to overcome racism is together, because at the end of the day people are just people and they shouldn’t be judged by the color of their skin but rather their character as a whole.

Ibram X. Kendi was right. He was right that the time is now for POC to come together to fight for equality. Now it’s time for people of color to Stand Beside Their Freedom, and to Guide America into the melting pot it is meant to be.

Arling Moctesuma


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Dr. Greason


Graduate Student Reflection on ACES 2019 Conference

Graduate Student Michelle Sholk presented with Dr. Stephanie Bobbitt, and Michael Bobbitt at the ACES 2019 Conference in Seattle, Washington. She reflects on her experience of presenting her research presentation “Successful Integration of Social Advocacy in Supervision”.

“To reflect upon my experience at ACES is almost as surreal as the experience itself! I am extremely honored and greatly humbled by my involvement in a national, top tier conference, and I find myself at a loss for words to express my gratitude for Dr. Bobbitt, the support of all of the Educational Counseling and Leadership faculty, and Monmouth University for granting me the opportunity to expand both my personal in professional growth. In April, Dr. Bobbitt and I were notified that our research proposal, one that we worked on for about a year, was accepted to present at the ACES conference, which was held in Seattle from the 10th-13th of October. During the conference I was able to network with several prominent Counselor Educators, meet Dr. Bobbitt’s mentors that inspired and motivated her, and continue my work as a social justice advocate by presenting on the need for social justice advocacy in supervision. During the presentation, we were able to hold open and honest conversations concerning personal biases and becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable, as well as discussed personal anecdotes on our work to promote equity. Overall, the ACES conference was a remarkable experience that I will always treasure.”


Dr. Vernon Smith new article: “Stay-at-Home Dads’ Experiences With Their Children’s Elementary Schools”⁣

⁣“Stay-at-Home Dads’ Experiences With Their Children’s Elementary Schools”⁣\


Author(s): Davis, Eric S.; Wolgemuth, Jennifer; Haberlin, Steven; Smith, Vernon S.; Smith, Sharlene


ABSTRACT: The role of fathers in elementary education has shifted drastically in recent years. In particular, stay-at-home dads (SAHDs) have become more relevant in the lives of children. Despite these changes, there remains a paucity of research on SAHDs’ experiences with their children’s schools. This qualitative study examined SAHDs’ perceptions of and experiences with their children’s schools. The research identified three themes: (a) involvement, (b) interactions, and (c) communication. The researchers discuss implications for elementary school counseling practice as well as future areas of research


Stay-at-Home Dad’s Experience Elementary Schools

Dr. Pompeo- Fargnoli new article: “Telemental health and student veterans: A practice perspective through voices from the field”

“Telemental health and student veterans: A practice perspective through voices from the field”


Alyson Pompeo-Fargnoli, Amanda Lapa & Courtney Pellegrino


ABSTRACT: The area of human services is constantly adapting to best meet the needs of a changing client population. One group that is at an increased need of mental health services is the rapidly growing student veteran population. Through the use of telemental health, this population’s unique mental health needs can be addressed while also considering their concerns for stigma and accessibility. With telemental health gaining credibility, there are a number of technologies, such as Avatars, Gamification, videoconferencing, mobile health applications, and short message service (SMS) that are being utilized during counseling sessions to provide quality mental health services. Based upon a practice perspective, the authors interviewed multiple clinicians, or “voices from the field,” who are at the forefront of telemental health, in an effort to share the most novel forms of telemental health and best practices. Recommendations from these experts, as well as ethical considerations are included.



Pompeo-Fargnoli, A., Lapa, A. & Pellegrino, C. (2019): Telemental Health and Student Veterans: A Practice Perspective through Voices from the Field. Journal of Technology in Human Services, 1-18. DOI: 10.1080/15228835.2019.1674764

SPOTLIGHT💡⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣: Dr. Vernon Smith, PhD

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Vernon Smith, PhD


Lastly, one of the Department of Educational Counseling and Leadership Faculty Presenting at the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision National Conference⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ in Seattle, Washington.

Title of Presentation: Parent Involvement Factors from the Perspective of Academically Successful Black Male College Students: Enhancing Counselors’ Competencies

Abstract/Program Description: Despite decades of research on Black males’ academic underachievement, the achievement gap persists. Some researchers have suggested one cause may be lack of parental involvement, while others have highlighted positive statements from Black males regarding parental involvement factors that contributed to their academic success. This presentation will highlight original data from a strength based study that identified the role of parent involvement in the success of Black male students. This interactive session will enhance counselors’ competencies regarding the use of culturally sensitive strategies to engage parents of Black male students. Discussions will also focus on the barriers that impede parent involvement for this population at the school and collegiate level.

SPOTLIGHT 💡: Dr. Tina Paone, PhD


Tina Paone, PhD

Jordan Shannon, MA

Krista Malott. PhD

Another of the Department of Educational Counseling and Leadership Faculty Presenting at the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision National Conference⁣⁣⁣⁣ in Seattle, Washington.

Title of Presentation: From Awareness to Commitment and Action: Longitudinal Impact of a Race-Based Counseling Course

Abstract/Program Description: Antiracist advocacy can be complex, difficult, and dynamic! Addressing antiracist advocacy in Counselor Education programs has become a necessity. This presentation is meant for persons of any race or ethnicity, and provides an overview of a unique advanced level race-based course and its long term impact on students. Attendees will gain a better understanding of how graduates use (or don’t use) antiracist tactics taught in their master’s programs. Audience members will engage in dialogue and exploration around preparing students for social justice work in their future careers.

SPOTLIGHT💡: Dr. Alyson Pompeo-Fargnoli, PhD


Alyson Pompeo-Fargnoli, PhD

Another of the Department of Educational Counseling and Leadership Faculty Presenting at the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision National Conference⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ in Seattle, Washington. 

Title of Presentation: The Future Scholars Program: A Counselor Education Community Partnership to Create Systemic Social Change

Abstract/Program Description: Counselor education programs should strive not only to prepare socially responsible and ethical future counselors but also to encourage students and the institution to connect with the local community to work for social change. This presentation will highlight a University-Community partnership, which enhances the local community while promoting excellence and access for low-income first-generation college-bound high school students. This Future Scholars program contributes to the university through transformative learning experiences and counselor preparation for counseling student interns. From a global perspective, it encourages an increase in future school counselors to be agents of systemic social change. Information will be shared so other counselor education programs can begin creating similar dynamic partnerships.