Awards & Grants

CSJ Award Categories

Counselors for Social Justice ‘Ohana Award
The CSJ ‘Ohana Honors awards were created by Drs. Michael D’Andrea and Judy Daniels, Counselor Education faculty at the University of Hawai’i-Manoa, in 1994. They are given annually by CSJ at the American Counseling Association conference in the Spring each year to honor individuals in counseling who affirm diversity and advocate for social justice in the spirit of nine elements of the indigenous Hawai’ian concept of ‘Ohana or extended family: Malama: Caring, Aloha: Unconditional Love, Ha’aha’a: Humility, Mana: Spiritual Power, Na’auuo: Intelligence,    ‘Olu’olu: Courtesy, Lokomaika’i: Generosity. Koa: Courage. Kupono: Integrity, Honesty

Ohana Award Nomination Form

The Mary Smith Arnold Anti Oppression Award
Dr. Mary Smith Arnold (1946-2003) was a cherished member of the counseling and human development professions and a founding mother of Counselors for Social Justice. She was active in civil rights struggles throughout her all too short life and a Counselor Educator on the faculties of Governors State and Kent State Universities specializing in Community and Couple, Marital, and Family Counseling. She was the co-creator of the Unlearning Oppression workshops, taught to thousands of students and colleagues around the world. An ally to all oppressed peoples, Dr. Arnold’s spirit of expecting equity and justice for all peoples was evident in her leadership roles in ACA as a CSJ Governing Council representative and in her work as co-chair of ACA’s Public Policy and Legislation committee.

Arnold Award Nomination Form

The Reese House Social Justice Advocate of the Year Award
Given in honor of a CSJ founding member, counselor educator, and former program director of The Education Trust’s National Center for Transforming School Counseling and Oregon State University Counselor Education professor emeritus who fought tirelessly for equity for all children and youth K-16 in the transforming school counseling movement and in other social justice venues including LBGT equity and HIV/AIDS advocacy. Dr. House, who co-authored the ACA/CSJ Advocacy Competencies, died from throat and neck cancer in 2007. The awardee is given the opportunity to direct funding from the Reese House Memorial social justice advocacy fund toward a school counseling social justice nonprofit advocacy organization of their choosing. Dr. House’s vision and memory lives on in the social justice advocacy school counseling /counselor education contributions of the recipients of this award.  The Award Recipient will have:

  1. Demonstrated social justice advocacy for students in K-12 schools as well as the school counseling profession including commitment to closing achievement, opportunity, attainment and funding gaps and/or ensuring career and higher education readiness for all K-12 students.
  2. Made outstanding contributions to the counseling profession in social justice advocacy in K-12 schools and/or school counselor education

Reese House Nomination Form

CSJ Outstanding Counseling Program/Agency Award

This award acknowledges a counseling or psychology program/ agency that reflects the mission of CSJ in their training of future counselors, work in the community, advocacy, etc. Programs or Agencies nominated for this award should demonstrate outstanding pre-service and/or in-service training in areas such as social justice counseling, multicultural counseling, advocacy, and counseling socially and culturally diverse populations.

Outstanding Program-Agency Nomination Form

CSJ Grant Application and Rubric Form 2018

Dr. Judy Lewis Counselors for Social Justice Award
This award is in honor of Dr. Judy Lewis who was a founder of CSJ, a past president of ACA, and a visionary social justice leader.  Judy was feisty, determined, and an advocate for social justice within marginalized communities, working with women and youth, promoting advocacy within the counseling profession, and working on national political campaigns. She was a prolific writer and always wove advocacy; social justice; empowerment; anti-oppression; power dynamics; critical analysis; and community based counseling, into all of her published works.  She was a doer and creator, and she was always willing to take the lead and challenge the status quo. Criteria include a person (or persons) who has engaged in social justice and advocacy with a minimum of at least 2 of the following component parts:

  1. Actively engaged in demonstrated social justice action which is aimed at making the lives of others and /or communities better.
  2. Engaged in empowerment of marginalized individuals and/or communities.
  3. Engaged in community organizing and systems change that promote human rights and social justice action.
  4. Youth advocacy in local communities.
  5. Advocacy for women across the life span.
  6. Demonstrated evidence of ongoing inclusive change in the community/communities within which the individual(s) work.  This engagement can include academia but is not solely in academia and includes active engagement in the community.

Nominee does not need to be a member of ACA or CSJ and it can be a professional, educator, or student in the counseling profession or a social justice advocate within a community.

Previous CSJ Award Competitions

2017 Call for CSJ Awards Nominations

Counselors for Social Justice announces a call for nominations. Please note that some awards will require supporting documents with nomination submission. For more information, please contact the Awards Committee c/o of Joseph Williams ( All nominations should be submitted electronically to the Committee Chair: Joseph Williams ( by January 15th, 2017. All nominations will be reviewed according to the guidelines and requirements as listed for each award. The chair of the Awards Committee will notify all nominees and nominators of the outcome by February 15th, 2017.


CSJ Grants & Competitions

Previous Winners:

CSJ 2017 Grant Winners

  • Laura Pignato, The College of William & Mary – Equity of Student Development Through Campus-Based Affinity Groups ($250.00)
  • David Jones, Cincinnati Christian University – Interventions for Minorities Students at a Midwestern Private College to Promote Academic Success ($250.00)
  • Nicholas Grudev, University of Vermont – Empowering Students in Restorative Practices and Youth Participatory Action Research ($500.00)

Previous Grants and Competitions

Social Justice Counseling Grant

Deadline: February 1, 2016

About the Grant: The Social Justice Counseling Grant was established by Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ) to support social action-focused projects initiated by counselors that further the mission of CSJ:

The mission of Counselors for Social Justice is to work to promote social justice in our society through confronting oppressive systems of power and privilege that affect professional counselors and our clients and to assist in the positive change in our society through the professional development of counselors.

Funding: CSJ will fund a maximum of 4 grants and up to $1,000 total.

Who May Apply: This grant competition is open to all members of CSJ. Individuals with limited access to funding are especially encouraged to apply, including students, practicing counselors, and those working in marginalized communities. Individuals may submit (or be part of a submission team) for only one proposal.

Proposal Format: Proposals must adhere to the following requirements in order to be considered:

  • Proposal must be no more than two pages excluding the application form and budget.
  • Proposal should adhere to the guidelines of the APA manual (6th edition)

Evaluation Criteria: A panel of reviewers will evaluate the proposals using the following criteria:

  • Proposed topic is aligned with the mission of CSJ and the action-focused emphasis of this grant
  • The proposal contains support from the literature or from other relevant sources for the need for the project (this should be approximately half a page).
  • The proposal addresses the needs of an underserved or marginalized group or community
  • The applicant provides support the feasibility of this project, including adequate resources, an appropriate timeframe, and an outline of the methodology and how the project will be implemented.
  • The applicant provides a budget with a rationale for each budget item. The applicant addresses how additional resources needed for the project and not included in the budget will be provided/acquired.

As a condition of the acceptance of the grant award, the awardee is required to

  • Submit a final report on the project that will be shared with the CSJ membership through the website and newsletter.
  • Acknowledge the CSJ financial support of the project in all reports, presentations, or publications related to the supported project.
  • Maintain CSJ membership throughout the entirety of the project and for at least 2 years after completion of the project.
  • Attend the CSJ brunch/luncheon at the annual ACA conference for formal acceptance of the award

Deadline for Submission: The deadline for submission is February 1, 2016.

Submission Instructions — Your email attachments must include:

  • One “blind” copy of the proposal with the budget on the last page (this copy shall have no author identification on it)
  • One copy of the proposal with author identification
  • One application form (see below)

These must be contained in one email with three attachments to Dr. Rachael D. Goodman (, CSJ Community Representative, in a Word or PDF document.

Grant application is linked here – CSJ Social Justice Counseling Grant 2016

 CSJ Logo /T-Shirt Competition


Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ) announces a logo design competition for CSJ members. CSJ members are encouraged to submit your logo design for CSJ’s t-shirts to be revealed during the American Counseling Association (ACA) 2016 conference in Montreal.

We await exciting, creative, and innovative logo designs that exemplify CSJ’s mission to work to promote social justice in our society through confronting oppressive systems of power and privilege that affect professional counselors and our clients and to assist in the positive change in our society through the professional development of counselors.


Email entries by February 20, 2016 to Anna Flores Locke at