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National Cross-Cultural Counseling and Education Conference for Research, Action, and Change

NCCEC22 has been Postponed to September 22 – 23, 2022

To the attendees and community of the National Cross-Cultural Counseling and Education Conference for Research, Action, and Change:

    It is with a heavy heart that we confirm this year’s in-person conference, NCCEC22, has been postponed to a later date. The Planning Committee remains incredibly excited and optimistic about the power of this conference and what incredible and enlightening experiences we can share and create together in Savannah. We also have been listening to the concerns of the conference-goers and presenters while monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the continuously rising number of COVID-19 cases across the United States, the Planning Committee has reached the consensus that it would be unsafe to gather in Savannah this February as initially planned.

Because the original conference dates are only a few weeks away, we do not have the time and resources to prepare a virtual conference in its place. While we have not confirmed an exact new date for the conference, we tentatively expect NCCEC22 to take place in September 2022. The Planning Committee hopes that in September, our team, the attendees, and the presenters that make this conference possible will feel safe attending NCCEC22 in-person in Savannah. We will use these coming months to further monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and make arrangements to ensure that NCCEC22 is safe to attend whether it is in-person or virtual.

Please understand that this was an incredibly difficult decision to make, and we believe postponing NCCEC22 is in the best interest of everyone’s health and safety and the integrity of this crucial conference. We appreciate your understanding and your patience during this challenging time. Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to connecting with you at NCCEC22 later this year.

More information about the conference and updates regarding registration will be sent out at a later date. If you have registered for NCCEC22, you should have received information about your registration status and options to refund your registration. If you need further assistance, please contact

Thank you once again,

On behalf of the NCCEC Planning Committee

2022 • Savannah, GA

We are excited to announce #NCCEC22 will be held in-person at the Embassy Suites and Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Savannah Historic District. 

605 West Oglethorpe Avenue
Savannah, GA 31401

Please check out the Accommodations Page for additional information on the venue and link to reserve a hotel room.

Since 2002, NCCEC has served as a professional diversity platform for critical interactions and community building around topics of oppression, identity, society, and social action. This past year has witnessed how Black Lives Matter activists from multiple cultures, those fighting for inclusive transgender civil rights, persons standing against the rise of Anti-Asian hate, and other advocates have consistently fought against the persistent and unrelenting social and political unrest in our nation. These individuals have increasingly acted alongside organizations advocating for the dismantling of systemic racism, pro-human rights, and social justice campaigns for all peoples.

In response to this social and political turmoil, this year’s conference theme is “Advancing Social Justice through Systemic Change.” The tensions between this unrest and the activism of those fighting against it continue to reveal the need for mental health providers, educators, higher education professionals, change agents, and students to be equipped with the multicultural knowledge, awareness, skills, and professional development to meet the social justice demands of the 21st century. This theme encourages you to consider how counseling and education can address diversity, equity and inclusion, systemic racism and oppression, trauma and marginalized communities, and networking with community-based organizations, corporations, local governments, and healthcare facilities.

Major Topics Include:
  • Identity Development: Racial, Ethnic, Gender, Sexual Orientation, Spiritual/Religious, and Ability
  • Majority Privilege and Social Group Impact
  • Cultural and Ethical Competencies in Counseling, Supervision, and Education
  • Anti-Oppression/Anti-Racism
  • Social Justice,  Social Advocacy, and Social Action
  • Racial and Cultural Issues in Community, School, and Higher Education Settings

Planning Committee

Jennifer Perry, Ph.D., LCMHCA, NCC, Conference Chair
Assistant Professor, Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development, Georgia Southern University

Leon Spencer, Ed.D., LPC, NCC, CPCS, MAC, Honorary Chair
Retired Professor Emeritus of Counselor Education, Georgia Southern University

Lyndon Abrams, Ph.D., NCC
Associate Professor of Counseling, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Terry Diamanduros, Ph.D.
Professor of School Psychology, Georgia Southern University

Kristen Dickens, Ph.D., LPC, ACS, NCC
Associate Professor of Counselor Education, Georgia Southern University

David Julius Ford Jr. Ph.D., LCMHC, LPC, NCC, ACS
Assistant Professor, Monmouth University

Alejandro Gallard, Ph.D.
Professor and Goizueta Distinguished Chair of Education, Georgia Southern University

Alexander Hines, M.Ed.
Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & President’s Emerging Scholars Programs, University of MinnesotaCollege of Liberal Arts

Nathaniel Ivers, Ph.D., LPC NCC
Department Chair and Associate Professor, Wake Forest University

Amy D. Jenkins, M.Ed.
Graduation Coach, New Hampstead High School

Patricia M. Stewart, Ph.D., LPCC, PYCH OH
Retired Mental Health Professional and Educator, Savannah, GA

Alison Wallace, M.Ed., LPC, NCC

Deborah A. Wilcox, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer Confluency Consultants and Associates Multicultural Organizational Development/
Health and Wellness Coaching Services

#NCCEC22  |  2022

Last updated: 3/3/2022