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Carmen Lewis, PhD
Fostering a Sense of Belonging among Female African-American Faculty and Staff at UTC
Counselor, UTC Counseling Center
Carmen joined the Counseling Center team in 2017.  Prior to working at UTC, she worked as a counselor at the University of Mississippi, which is her home state.  In addition to working with college students, she also has extensive experience working with veterans.  Carmen has a passion to provide therapeutic services to survivors of trauma and marginalized populations; specifically, sexual and racial minorities.  She has been trained in a variety of evidenced-based treatments including:  Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Imagery Rehearsal Therapy for Nightmares, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia.  In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, watching football, attending carnivals/festivals, and playing the piano/keyboard.

Fostering a Sense of Belonging among Female African-American Faculty and Staff at UTC (Co-Presenter with Kendra Duncan, Sherese Williams Dr. Shekila Melchior, and April Wilson)


African American women in the academy differ in experiences, background, and beliefs; however, they are connected in their struggle to be accepted and respected, and to have a voice in an institution with many views (Collins 2001) . This panel will examine the experiences of African-American faculty and staff at UTC. The purpose of this session is to provide insight and tools for improving these experiences and creating a more inclusive experience at UTC. Participants will gain an understanding of the African American faculty and staff experience related to issues of racism, discrimination, and microaggressions. Participants will also be given the opportunity to discuss the ways in which these experiences impact faculty and staff in both their academic and social environments. Finally, participants will leave with ideas of creating a sense of belonging on campus.