Student PSEA membership prepares teaching candidates to assume the responsibilities of active professional growth and collaboration in their professional careers. Members are covered by a million dollar insurance policy as they observe in area classrooms. Members compete for the Lucy Valero scholarship for student educators, and receive two publications: Voice and NEA Today which contain valuable information for the future educator.
SPSEA members develop leadership and professional opportunities. Villanova’s chapter, in partnership with the Rosemont College members, invites speakers, and offer programs on topics of interest to pre-professionals. They also have an opportunity to attend the annual conference for Pennsylvania chapters, to meet active educators from around the state and participate in workshops and presentations.
- Current Officers: Jamie Meeker, President; Kathleen Maloney, Vice President; Jen Crawford, Secretary; Emily Pavetti, Treasurer, Ms. Jennifer Carangi, Advisor
Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society in Education, is dedicated to scholarship and excellence in education. Society membership is open to junior and senior undergraduates who are Elementary and Secondary education majors and have achieved a 3.0 GPA. Graduate students may be eligible for membership as follows: Educational Leadership and Graduate Teacher Education students who have completed 24 credits and achieved a 3.75 GPA, as well as Elementary and Secondary School Counseling students who have completed 30 credits and achieved a 3.75 GPA. Induction is held in the Spring semester. Undergraduates need to be in the second semester of their Junior year. The Department of Education and Human Services compiles a list of all eligible students and sends invitations for the induction ceremony.
The Graduate Counseling Club (GCC)was created as a result of student feedback that the CHR program needed more opportunities for students to gather for both social and professional reasons. Programs that the GCC run include the new Mentoring Program, which matches first year students with advanced students to help them transition into the program. The GCC will continue to run the Speaker Series and publish th CHRonicle newsletter, but will also start a monthly social event for all CHR students. If you have ideas for events or would like to request a topic for a Speaker Series, please contact to one of the officers.
- Current Officers: Colleen Contrisciane, Chair; Hailey King and Jeannie McCune, Communication Chairs; Erin McCarthy, Social Chair; Joyce Risavalto, Speaker Series Chair; and Bekah Hurley and Lyda Holguin as Treasurers.
Since 2006, the undergraduate Human Service and graduate-level counseling students have had the opportunity to assist the Law students? work with their clients (asylum seekers, migrant workers, and low income clientele) who are looking for legal assistance and basic needs in the United States. Three models of collaboration are used:
- Team collaboration: Counseling and law students work closely, communicating regularly and potentially meeting together with the client.
- Separate collaboration: As law students assist the client?s legal issue, the counseling students separately help with (other non-legal issues) such as help a client find food, housing, clothing, making dentist appointment, using public transportation, and additional counseling /advocacy services among others.
- Follow up collaboration: After legal representation has been terminated, the law students can refer a former client to the counselors for follow-up actions (e.g., mental health issues, addictions counseling or family counseling). Counseling students participating in this project can develop their basic counseling, while offering support due to trauma or loss, identifying resources for basic needs, interviewing/gathering evidence, and making referrals related to family, school or mental health issues for clients. Likewise, counseling students gain valuable experience working across cultures and with a dynamic, cross-disciplinarian team of lawyers and language interpreters. For CHR or HS Students who would like to be a part of this group, please contact Dr. Krista Malott.