Indiana Wesleyan University’s Dr. Candice Norris-Brown, professor of graduate counseling, has been selected to receive the 2017 Reese House Social Justice Advocate of the Year Award. The recognition comes from the association of Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ), a division of the American Counseling Association (ACA).

The award honors professional counselors and counselor educators who have demonstrated social justice advocacy for students in K-12 schools as well as the school counseling profession. As part of the award, Norris-Brown will receive a $250 donation to a school organization of her choosing.

“I am humbled by this recognition,” said Norris-Brown. “My charge as a counselor educator is to create opportunities for learning that encourage students to reshape their worldview by exploring those who are considered the ‘other’ in some area of their lives. My prayer is that God continues to guide me as I do his work.”

Norris-Brown will formally accept the award at the CSJ Brunch and Awards Ceremony, which will be held at the ACA Conference in San Francisco on March 17.

“This is a fantastic honor for Candice,” said Dr. Mark Gerig, chair of the Division of Graduate Counseling. “It is privilege to have award-winning faculty serving the division and institution. We are truly blessed to have her as a part of us.”

Norris-Brown has taught at IWU for two years and is passionate about advocating for students with disabilities and marginalized groups. She has a Doctorate of Counseling and Student Personal Services from the University of Georgia, Ed.S in School and Guidance Counseling from the University of Geogia, M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Virginia State University, and B.S. in Psychology from Virginia State University.