Womanism Empowering Black Women and Girls Counseling Lab

  • WEB Lab
  • Research Lab
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What We Do

The mission of the Womanism Empowering Black Women and Girls in Counseling Research Lab is to advance knowledge on the experiences, strengths, and wellbeing of black women and girls through womanist frameworks and community-engaged scholarship focused on counseling and counselor education.

Vision

The vision is to foster womanist research that illuminates struggles, amplifies voices, examines inequities, celebrates identities, and informs policies to promote empowerment of black women across the diaspora within counseling.

WEB Lab Objectives

  • Conduct qualitative, quantitative, and critical examinations of counseling issues impacting black women and girls through an intersectional womanist lens.
  • Develop and validate new counseling assessments grounded in womanist theory and epistemology.
  • Publish womanist scholarship on the counseling needs, dynamics, and interventions for black women and girls.
  • Mentor and train emerging womanist researchers in counselor education, including students, through collaborative projects.
  • Develop community-academic research partnerships aligned with womanist principles to study counseling interventions and programs for black women and girls.
  • Disseminate womanist counseling research through conferences, lectures, webinars, and other platforms.
  • Evaluate counseling policies, programs, and practices for alignment with womanist ethics and values.
  • Translate and apply womanist counseling research to advance social justice and empowerment of black women and girls.

Current Projects

Affinity Group Research Piece
A qualitative research project about the experiences of students who participated in an African American Women's affinity group that ran for 4 years. (Submitted for Review)

Affinity Group Conceptual Piece
A conceptual project that focuses on the model and theory that was used in developing the On-Site Womanist Affinity Group.  

Womanism and Black Girls in K-12 schools Conceptual Piece
A conceptual project that illuminates how school counselors and school mental health practitioners can apply womanism counseling to support black girls.

National Affinity Group Conceptual Piece
A conceptual project that exemplifies the model and theory that was used in developing the National Womanist Affinity Group.  

Antiracism Scale
A quantitative factor analysis study that focuses on developing a scale that measures Antiracism Pedagogical Strategies in Higher Education.

Antiracism Hiring Practices
A qualitative research study that examines the experiences of African American women School Counselor Educators in antiracist hiring practices.  

Affiliated National Initiatives

  • National Affinity Group for Black Women in Counselor Education
  • ACES Womanist Colloquium
  • National Black Women in Counselor Education GroupMe
  • Affiliate for the Melanin Scholars: A Womanist Writing Retreat Experience
     

Project Faculty

Natoya Hill Haskins

Natoya Hill Haskins

  • Associate Professor
  • Counselor Education Program Co-Director

Featured Research

National Presentations

Hill Roseboro, A., Haskins, N., & Morrison, C. (2023).  Black women deans in the vanguard for equality at HBCUs from 1910-1960. Presented at the Research & Creative Activity International Hybrid Symposium, Montgomery, Alabama.

Haskins, N., & Chin, P. (2023).  Antiracist Hiring: A Phenomenological Study of Black Women Counselor Educators. Presented at the American Counseling Association Conference, Toronto, Canada.

Coker, A.D., Arredondo, P. M., Shillingford, A., Hyun, J.H., & Haskins, N. (2023). Women of Color in Counselor Education Leadership: Bridging Past, Present, and Future. Presented at the American Counseling Association Conference, Toronto, Canada.

Haskins, N., Lamar, M. R., Duncan, K., & Rosen, N. (2023). ACES Women in Leadership: Planning for the Future. Presented at the American Counseling Association Conference, Toronto, Canada.

Smith, S., West-Olatunji, C., Haskins, N. (2022). The BIPOC Panel: Counselor Education and Supervision and Supporting Faculty and Students of Color. Presented at the North Atlantic Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference, Pittsburg, PA.

Lee., A., Williams, B., & Haskins, N.  (2021). The Experiences of African American Women in a Writing Retreat. Presented at the Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors Conference, Atlanta, Georgia. 

St. Germain-Sehr, N., Hermann, M., Perjessey, C., Haskins, N., Wilson, N., & Wright, G. (2021).  Women in Counselor Education:  A Panel Discussion.  Presented at the Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors Conference, Atlanta, Georgia. 

Hughes, K., & Haskins, N. (2021).  Womanism Experiences in Leadership. Presented at the American Counseling Association Conference, Virtual. 

Chin, P., Lee, A., & Haskins, N. (2021).  Having "The Talk": The Shared Historical Trauma Between Client and Counselor.  Presented at the American Counseling Association Conference, Virtual. 

Haskins, N. (2019). ACES Leadership: Diverse Voices from the Past, Current, and Future Trailblazers.  Presented at the American Counseling Association Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Haskins, N. & Crumb, L. (2019).  Navigating the Tenure Process at Research Institutions in Counselor Education: A Womanist Perspective.  Presented at the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education, Indianapolis, IN.

Haskins, N., Johnson, L., & Pignato, L. (2018).  An exploration of a campus-based affinity group for African American women.  Presented at the American Counseling Association Conference, Atlanta, GA.