Created in 2014 by Mekisha M. Hugh, Professional School Counselors of Color was designed to be an online space for school counselors of color to become informed, inspired, and to challenge them to take a more active role within our profession. Since its humble beginnings with just 80 members, PSCOC’s membership grew to over 2,400 school counselors from the United States and several international countries such as China, Kenya, Kuwait, Thailand, Germany, and the UAE in less than a year. Currently, PSCOC has become a thriving online community where school counselors can to come together to continue to advocate and educate on behalf of students and families of color.
PSCOC aims to:
- Share resources and conduct relevant professional developments.
- To serve as a system of support for both new and seasoned counselors.
- To help establish a more diverse and multicultural representation in the school counseling profession.
- To encourage counselors to take active roles within local, state, and national leadership roles.
- To increase PSCOC’s membership within the American School Counselor Association.
- To advocate and educate on behalf of students and families of color.
PSCOC is managed and governed by:
Mekisha M. Hugh – Creator & Owner
Mekisha Hugh is a first-generation American born to Jamaican parents and is a product of the New York City Public School System. She has a deep passion for school counseling and enjoys helping students navigate through the college application process. Mekisha is a firm supporter of Historical Black Colleges and Universities and credits the NBC hit series “A Different World” and Spike Lee’s “School Daze” for shaping her college experience. She is a graduate of the College of New Rochelle where she earned a BA in social science and an MS in Guidance and Counseling. Mekisha also received an M.Ed in Secondary Education/Social Science from Alabama A&M University.
For the past five years, Mekisha has been working as an international school counselor in Guangzhou, China, Abuja, Nigeria, and now Tianjin, China. As a result of her travels, her passion for education has taken her to Ghana where she currently provides consultation services and training to the Akoma International Academy in the Cape Coast. She is always excited to tell others about this wonderful opportunity and how school counselors can work abroad.
She is an avid traveler, lover of all things Romany Malco, and loves to cook and entertain. To catch up with Kisha and her adventures abroad you can subscribe to her Youtube channel Keesh Goes to China and her blog Catching Up with Keesh.
Fun Fact: “I love to watch 80’s sitcoms on youtube such as Amen and 227.”
Carletta S. Hurt
With nearly three decades worth of experience in education and nonprofits, Carletta S. Hurt is a powerful force in providing quality and engaging programs that build strong foundations within schools and communities.
Her nonprofit/community work includes program director for I Have A Dream – AD Williams and the Shandon Anderson Foundation; assistant program manager for the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation – Blank Family Fellows and assistant camp director for the DeShawn Snow Foundation.
In addition to her nonprofit work, Carletta is a dedicated educator with work in grades K-20. She believes a quality education is an asset that every child should be afforded and understands the concept that, “it takes a village to raise a child.”
Currently, she is a School Counselor at a public charter school in Washington, DC where she serves on the leadership team. She is the President-Elect of the DC School Counselor Association and represented the organization at the 3rd annual White House Convening on Strengthening School Counseling and College Advising. She received her B.A. in Education from Oglethorpe University and her two advanced degrees (M.Ed, Ed.S) from Georgia State University. Hurt worked in Georgia as a teacher in Decatur City Schools and a counselor in Fulton County Schools.
Carletta was named the 2016 DC School Counselor of the Year (SCOY) by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). In January of 2016, Hurt was recognized along with the other state winners and finalists by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.
She has a youth development company, IN THE LOOP Program of Success, which provides ongoing, engaging programs to empower, educate and elevate young people. Hurt is working on her first novel, 20 Reasons Why I Love Girl Power (and You Should Too) set for release in April 2016.
A literacy and youth advocate, lover of the arts, she is passionate about issues around youth development and inspired by the tenacity and perseverance of young people daily.
Alicia Oglesby developed her love for learning and counseling during her high school experience at Central High School in Philadelphia which is arguably one of the most diverse schools in the nation. While at Central, Alicia began peer mentoring through the Good Shepherd Mediation Program. After high school, Alicia continued to work in youth communities while attending Howard University, where she graduated in 2003. Alicia obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Howard in Psychology. She went on to counsel young women endangered by domestic and sexual violence. It was through this work that Alicia knew counseling was her calling. Alicia went on to earn her graduate degree from Chestnut Hill College and her school counseling certification from Arcadia University. While attending Arcadia, Alicia experienced racial discrimination which almost led to her not being able to receive her certification. With the guidance of her Internship Professor, Barbara Miccuci and her Program Director, Eleanora Bartoli, Alicia was able to pass with flying colors. These experiences in addition to attending Howard University shaped Alicia’s passion for diversity and inclusion within the school counseling profession. Alicia is currently a high school counselor in Washington, DC. Her life’s mission has become helping students access the cultural fluency necessary to navigate the world.
Fun Fact: I am addicted to jalapeño flavored Kettle Chips.
Kimberly D. Brown
Kimberly D. Brown, Ed.S., NCC., GCDF, CFI was born in Washington D.C. and was raised in the small southeast Georgia town of Eulonia, Georgia Brown. Kimberly completed her Master of Education in Counselor Education from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA in 2013 and her Education Specialist in Counselor Education from Georgia Southern University in 2018.
Kimberly is a Professional School Counselor for the Beaufort County School District in Beaufort, South Carolina. She serves on the School Counseling Leadership Team for the Beaufort County School District. Kimberly was named the 2016 and 2017 High School Counselor of the Year for Beaufort County School District. Kimberly has served on the Governing Board of the Palmetto State School Counselor Association in South Carolina.
Kimberly is also the Founder/ CEO of Designing Creative Futures LLC. an educational consulting firm providing educational and career counseling to clients throughout the United States. In addition to all of her achievements she is National Certified Counselor and a Global Career Development Facilitator and Instructor. She has presented over 25 sessions at local, state, and national professional conferences including at the 2014 and 2017 American School Counselor Association Conference. Kimberly is extremely passionate about college and career development and readiness for students. Her passion for school counseling are centered on her belief that “All children are one caring adult away from becoming a success story”.
Fun Fact: Kimberly is the world’s BIGGEST Beyonce’ Fan Ever and is loyal Beyhive Member who has seen Beyonce’ Live in Concert 10 times and counting!
Yolanda Kukuia is a first generation American born to Guyanese and Ghanaian parents. She grew up in Orange County, Southern California within the Capistrano Unified School District. Yolanda’s approach to school counseling is a meld of empathy, storytelling, and straight talk to get her message across. On most days you can find her singing karaoke or playing Just Dance with her students to build a sense of freedom and family in the counseling office. Yolanda graduated from Washington State University with a BA in Human Development and a M.Ed in School Counseling from Lewis & Clark College.
For the last five academic years she has been the 9th and 10th grade counselor at an international school in Kuwait. She’s continuing her international career and will be moving to a school in Shanghai, China for the 2016/17 school year.
Yolanda is best known for her love of watching youtube tutorials on hair and skincare. If you want a deep condition treatment or get an amazing facial just call her up. She does it for free and the fun of it. You can also find her buying fabric at the souks in Kuwait so she can have her many pinterest pins recreated by her beloved tailor.
Fun Facts: She has a healthy obsession for mini pigs and in the next year or two will be adding a little corkscrew tailed cutie to her family. Yolanda has an irrational fear of raisins and gags at the sight of it. She could write a dissertation on how cookies and cinnamon rolls with raisins is one reason people have trust issues.
Yvette Santos Cuenco
Yvette Santos Cuenco is a Filipino American school counselor currently in Bangkok, Thailand. She is a San Francisco Bay Area native and lived in Brooklyn, NY prior to her adventures abroad. Yvette received her Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University in 2006 and is a Licensed Master Social Worker in NY State. Committed to a lifetime of service with young people, Yvette started off her therapy/counseling career at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS) – one of the major mental health non-profit agencies in New York City. There, she worked for 5 years in JBFCS’ children’s day treatment programs where she received on-the-ground experience working in a school setting, providing therapeutic services to students with mental health and learning needs. In 2011, she decided to take her experience worldwide to Tashkent, Uzbekistan. She served for 3 years as the whole school counselor for Grades K-12 providing individual counseling, group, and classroom guidance lessons to the greater school community. She also assisted with developing/implementing the school’s student support services program, working closely with the learning support team, EAL teachers, administration, and faculty. Yvette is now in Bangkok, Thailand where she is fulfilling her dream of living and working in Asia. She is a middle school/high school counselor working with a dynamic counseling department and learning support team. This August, she will be moving on to Shenzhen, China where she will be the middle school counselor (Grades 6-8) in a vibrant international school community. As a proud Filipino American, she is excited about staying in Asia and continue to live, work and travel throughout the region as well as visit her growing group of friends living in other parts of the world. Outside of work Yvette is an avid cook, DJ, and photographer. Follow her journey at http://www.yvettecuenco.com. Twitter: vettievette and YvetteCuencoSC,