Assistant Professor in the Counseling program voted into the position of president-elect for Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) International.

Dr. Amanda La Guardia

Dr. Amanda La Guardia, Assistant Professor in the Counseling program in the School of Human Services, was recently voted into the position of president-elect for Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) International, the professional honor society for counseling advocates, practitioners, graduate students, and educators. She will serve a three-year term, acting as president from 2019-2020. She ran on a platform designed to foster a stronger sense of professional identity while encouraging community collaboration. According to the CSI website, each year Chi Sigma Iota has an outstanding slate of candidates interested in serving the CSI International Executive Council. Chapter Faculty Advisors (CFAs) cast the vote for their chapters and all active members are typically invited to vote through their chapters. Currently, CSI has 396 active chapters across the United States and internationally, with over 117,000 members. The President-Elect performs the functions of the President in their absence and attends meetings of the executive council. The President performs the following duties: a) serves as Chair of the Executive Council; b) presides over all meetings of the Society; and c) appoints chairpersons and members of all committees, collaborating with the Executive Director on organizational direction and needs.

The University of Cincinnati counseling program has a rich history of leadership in Chi Sigma Iota International. Dr. Michael Brubaker, Associate Professor and Counseling Program Coordinator, served a three-year term as president-elect, president, and past-president from 2015-2018, completing his service this May. Dr. Geoffrey Yager, Professor Emeritus, served as CSI president from 2002-2003 and served as Upsilon Chi Chi chapter faculty advisor at UC for a number of years up until his recent retirement. Dr. La Guardia now serves as the Upsilon Chi Chi primary faculty advisor while Dr. Brubaker serves as the back-up chapter advisor. Over the last year, the Upsilon Chi Chi chapter has grown tremendously, offering five sponsored workshops to the community since May 2017. Under Dr. La Guardia’s advisement, student leaders obtained financial support from CSI International for an initiation speaker, received a networking grant to develop a series of advocacy workshops, and received a chapter development grant to support community workshop initiatives. As CSI president, Dr. La Guardia hopes to foster continued organizational growth while focusing on the needs of the communities in which each chapter functions in order to advocate for the counseling profession and support wellness-oriented efforts.