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Loyola Administrator receives award for work in mental health and diversity, equity, and inclusion

Loyola University Maryland

November 15, 2021


Sheila Graham, Ph.D., associate director for social justice, received the Harriet Copher Haynes Diversity Scholarship Award from the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD). Dr. Graham, who has served in her role since 2016, was recognized for her work in campus mental health and her commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University and beyond.

“Having worked with Dr. Graham since June 2016, I’ve experienced first-hand her passion, commitment, and wisdom in the realm of social justice,” said Jason Parcover, Ph.D., assistant vice president for student wellbeing and director of the Counseling Center. “She is one of the most talented clinicians and supervisors I have had the privilege of working with in my 25 years in the field. I have witnessed how Dr. Graham facilitates deep and meaningful growth in the clients she works with in individual therapy, process therapy groups, and affinity spaces for queer and Black, Indigenous, People of Color students. She is also a gifted trainer of other clinicians and professionals. Her sense of responsibility, commitment to the highest standards of professional ethics, and overall reliability are outstanding. Dr. Graham is an excellent team member, is an extremely hard worker, and treats those around her with a great deal of respect. Simply put, I’m delighted Dr. Graham has received this prestigious award and couldn’t be prouder to work alongside her in the Counseling Center.”

At Loyola, Dr. Graham leads a team of staff who focuses on how oppressive systems may affect mental health. In addition to traditional therapeutic services, the Counseling Center works to proactively consider ways in which race, ethnicity, ability, gender identity, social class, age, sexual orientation, religion, body size and shape, and citizenship status (among others) impact the well-being of Loyola’s campus and larger community.

Dr. Graham, who is a member of OutLoyola and The Collective—groups that address the needs of LGBTQ+ communities at Loyola—has also worked to develop professional development opportunities for clinical staff to deepen awareness of their own identities and the ways they impact therapeutic services at Loyola. Dr. Graham is the chair of the Counseling Center’s Social Justice Committee and a member of the President’s Council on Equity and Inclusion.