James Madison University

Heselmeyer To Receive Diversity Enhancement Award

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Rebecca Heselmeyer, who is a student in our Ph.D. in Counseling and Supervision Program, is this year's student recipient of the JMU Diversity Enhancement Award! President Alger will present the award to Rebecca at a reception later this month.

The purpose of the award is to recognize individuals and units that have demonstrated a significant commitment to enhancing diversity at James Madison University.  Throughout her graduate career, Rebecca has been tirelessly dedicated to exploring multicultural issues and investing enormous amounts of time and energy to projects that focus on these concerns.  For example, she was one of the creative forces behind JMU’s House of Privilege Program to promote understanding of power and privilege among students.  Rebecca was also one of the few JMU students who was selected to undergo training  to become facilitators with faculty and staff members of the successful IGD Intergroup Dialogue Program, is an evidence-based intervention that promoted intercultural awareness, knowledge, and sensitivity here on campus.

With her fellow student Greg Czyszczon, Rebecca developed a JMU Summer Institute in Counseling workshop, “Mindful Multiculturalism: Reflective Exploration of Intercultural Development.”  Currently, she is working on her dissertation, “Using Mindfulness to Explore Worldview Perspective and Intercultural Development,” which is an innovative qualitative study that employs mental health practitioners as research participants.

Congratulations, Rebecca, on this well-deserved award!