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Illinois Association for Multicultural Counseling

IAMC celebrates the similarities and differences across cultural groups and worldviews. We work to address social injustice through advocacy and action.

Welcome Letter

President's Greeting

Welcome Members and Future Leaders of the Illinois Association for Multicultural Counseling!

My name is Carla B. Cheatham and I am your president for the 2020-2021 year. I hope that you find the information on our website valuable and helpful. We would like to thank our immediate past-president, Jahaan Abdullah, for her outstanding leadership; and dedication to helping this division remain a beacon of light for multiculturalism.

We has updated our social media presence on Facebook and Twitter. We will continue to find ways to engage our members and others with an interest in multicultural counseling in discussions that relate to such issues as social injustice through advocacy and action. We also understand this year has had moments that could not have been predicted by anyone; but we are hoping to work together to address historical issues of inequality, inequity and discrimination.

The goals for his year are simple: (1) Increase our membership (2) Provide educational and collaborative opportunities to our members, and (3) Provide support to counselors and future counselors. Some of the plans we have for this year include, hosting several webinars, creating several committees to assist us in keeping current on social media, updating our newsletters and other resources for our members. In addition, we will send out information regarding our virtual membership meetings, agenda for the ICA conference face-to-face membership meeting and our conference for May 2021. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we had to cancel our May 2020 conference.

As this year has shown us, we have so much work to do. I am confident that we can reach our goals. Your support, membership, dedication and commitment is needed; we look forward to your help this year. I am very excited about working together! If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please email me at Illinoismulticulturalcoun@gmail.com. I look forward to this being a great year!

In Service,

Carla B. Cheatham, M.Ed.,NCC, LCPC, GCDF, CSCDA
IAMC President
2020-2021


IAMC Leadership Team 2020-2021
  • Carla B. Cheatham, President
  • Dr. Jahaan Abdullah, Immediate Past President
  • Daniece Townsend, President Elect
  • Erin Braden, President Elect Elect
  • Cherie Barnes, Past President
  • Dr. Maricruz Ramos, Treasurer
  • Dr. Shirlyn Garrett-Wilson, Secretary


Tentative Upcoming Events for July and August 2020

The Leadership Team will schedule a brief members meeting via Zoom. The tentative date is Thursday, Aug. 13 from 6pm- 6:30pm. A final date and time will be sent to members by August 7.

Tentatively Scheduled for Aug. 9 - Webinar: It Starts with a Conversation: How to Effectively Work with Trans* identified Individuals. Presenter: by Kyle Rodriguez- Hudson. We will provide more information once the webinar is confirmed.

The next IAMC Leadership Team is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020.

The History of IAMC

The IAMC Leadership Team is planning to include historical information regarding IAMC on the website. If you have any information regarding the formation of IAMC, any pictures from previous IAMC conferences or participation at previous ICA conferences, please contact us at illinoismulticulturalcoun@gmail.com.


Online Resources Subcommittee

We are looking for contributors for the newly formed Online Resources Subcommittee. The subcommittee will add, review and categorize articles and other resources (documentaries, books) that will enhance knowledge on issues of multicultural and diversity issues, such as inequity, anti-racism, social injustice, etc. More information will be shared soon. If you think you may be interested, please email us at illinoismulticulturalcoun@gmail.com.

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