Social Justice and Culturally Relevant Prevention


Elizabeth M. Vera & Maureen E. Kenny

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    A sincere thank you to our colleagues who collaborate in our endeavors to offer culturally relevant, social justice-driven prevention projects. Specifically, many thanks to the faculty and students at Loyola University Chicago, who have for many years supported prevention efforts to communities in need. Also, thanks to David Blustein and other Boston College colleagues and graduate students and public school teachers and students who engaged in the second case study presented in this chapter. Thanks also to Mary Beth Medvide for assistance in the literature review.

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    About the Authors

    Elizabeth M. Vera is a professor in the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, where she teaches courses in the counseling psychology PhD and counseling master's programs. Dr. Vera's scholarship focuses on social justice, multiculturalism, prevention, and promoting mental health and academic successes in urban adolescents of color. Dr. Vera is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and has served as Chair of the Board of Convention Affairs and a member of the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs for the APA. Dr. Vera has also been active in Division 17 of APA, having served as a vice president for Diversity and Public Policy. She is the author of numerous journal articles, book chapters, and several books. She received her PhD in 1993 from The Ohio State University.

    Maureen E. Kenny is professor, Department of Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, Massachusetts, where she has also served as Interim Dean and Associate Dean for Faculty and Academics. Dr. Kenny's scholarship focuses on the development, implementation, and evaluation of interventions that promote positive academic, career, and psychosocial development among adolescents. Dr. Kenny is an editorial board member for the Journal of Counseling Psychology and served as Chair of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 17 Section on Prevention. Dr. Kenny is the author of numerous journal articles, book chapters, and books focusing on prevention, social justice, and the importance of relationships with caring adults across the adolescent years. With Drs. Andy Horne, Pamela Orpinas, and LeRoy Reese, she coedited the volume, Realizing Social Justice: The Challenge of Preventive Interventions, published by APA. Dr. Kenny completed an MEd in psychological counseling from Columbia University and a PhD with specializations in counseling and school psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

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