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Kelley Kenney named American Counseling Association Fellow

Feb. 28, 2013

Dr. Kelley KenneyKUTZTOWN, Pa. - KU professor of counseling and student affairs Dr. Kelley Kenney has been selected by the American Counseling Association to receive the ACA Fellow award for her exceptional contributions to the field of counseling.

"It's a prestigious honor from the ACA," said Dr. Brian Wlazelek, president-elect of the Pennsylvania Counseling association and KU professor of counseling and student affairs. "It recognizes the valuable contributions Dr. Kenney has made over the years to the field of counseling, as well as to the ACA. It's a wonderful honor for her to be recognized by all the leaders in the field."

Recipients of the ACA Fellow award are recognized for their significant and unique contributions in professional practice, scientific achievement and governance, or teaching and training. Kenney has made contributions to the field of counseling in all three of these categories - she co-directs the Rainbow Support Network, a diversity training and consulting business, with her husband; is currently a member of ACA's governing council; serves on ACA's audit committee; co-chairs ACA's Multiracial/Multiethnic Counseling Concerns Interest Network and has been a professor at KU for almost 30 years.

Along with these accomplishments, Kenney also serves as an advisory member for the Loving Day Organization, which fights racial prejudice through education, and is an avid scholar with numerous publications who gives presentations on multicultural counseling throughout the nation. Kenney is also the recipient of the Counselors for Social Justice Ohana Award for Service (2011), the ACA's Don Dinkmeyer Social Interest Award (2008) and the PCA's Service Award (2005).

"Dr. Kenney richly deserves recognition as an ACA Fellow," said Dr. Carmen Salazar, who is a professor of counseling in the Department of Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education at Texas A&M University-Commerce. "She has worked tirelessly as an advocate for multiracial/ethnic individuals and families, bringing to the attention of the counseling profession the unique needs and strengths of this population. Her work inspires all of us."

Kenney will receive the award at the 2013 ACA Conference, which will be held on Saturday, March 23, in Cincinnati.