Saturday, November 6, 2010

Dr. Sylinda Gilchrist Banks for ASCA President

One of my colleagues, Dr. Sylinda Gilchrist Banks is running for ASCA President Elect. I am lending my support as I believe that she has what it takes to lead and advance our profession.

I would like to pass on a statement from Sylinda:

Dear School Counseling Colleague,
I hope this email finds you well.  My name is Dr. Sylinda Gilchrist Banks and, if you have not already, I want to encourage you to cast your vote in the current ASCA Governing Board Elections. You may have read in the September/October issue of the ASCA magazine that I am a candidate for the position of President-Elect. I want you to know that I have the experiences, expertise, and dedication to lead and advocate for our school counselors.
 Currently, I am an Associate Professor in the counselor education program at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA.. I have worked as a high school counselor in both urban and rural public school divisions, as well as a high school director for an alternative high school. Before becoming a counselor educator, I served as the school counseling specialist at the Virginia Department of Education. My work includes being co-author of “The Virginia Professional School Counseling Manual” and “Choice Theory: Using Choice Theory and Reality therapy to Enhance Student Achievement and Responsibility.” I am also former president of the Virginia School Counselor Association and currently ASCA's Southern Regional Vice President.

It would be my privilege to lead this association to ensure that we equip school counselors with the resources needed to overcome the challenges ahead of us.  We must partner together to do what is best for our profession, for school counselors, and for our students.  It is my goal that all students throughout our country participate in a comprehensive data driven school counseling program. And, I endeavor to help counselors build programs that ensure equity and access for all students.

To cast your vote, please go to You will need your ASCA username and password.  If the above link does not work, than go to the ASCA home page  and look under ASCA Happening to cast your vote.  Elections will be open until November 12, 2010.
Please forward this email to your colleagues and encourage them to cast their vote in the ASCA elections.

Thank you for your participation and support.


Sylinda Gilchrist Banks

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