Research Participation for School Counselors

Dear Professional School Counselors, 


My name is Shekila Melchior. I am a former high school counselor. I worked in Bassett, Virginia for three years and I am a doctoral candidate in the Counselor Education program at Virginia Tech. This dissertation research study is under the advisement of Dr. Nancy Bodenhorn. I am conducting a study to increase our knowledge of the social justice identity development of Professional School Counselors at the secondary level who advocate for undocumented students. If you are a secondary School Counselor who identifies as an advocate for undocumented students, I would like to invite you to participate.

  • The interview is informal and will last 45-60  minutes and will be audio-recorded.
  • The interview will take place in person or virtually in a space that is confidential and comfortable for you. Your participation in the study will be kept confidential and all identifying information will be removed.
  • You can withdraw from the study at any time.

There is no compensation for this study but your participation will contribute greatly to increasing our knowledge of the school counselor’s social justice identity development.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please complete the demographic questionnaire. The demographic questionnaire should take 10-15 minutes to complete. You can access the questionnaire  from the following link:

At the completion of the demographic questionnaire, if you are eligible to participate in the study you will receive an email to schedule the interview.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact myself, Shekila Melchior at or my faculty advisor, Dr. Nancy Bodenhorn at

Warm Regards,

Shekila Melchior



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