Dr. Sterrett-Hong Appointed as Associate Dean of Equity and Inclusion
Dr. Emma Sterrett-Hong is the new Associate Dean of Equity and Inclusion. Emma brings a wealth of experience, leadership, and passion into this new role. Since joining the Kent School in 2011, she has taken on a number initiatives related to social justice, equity, and inclusion. As a few examples, she has been a member of and chaired our Diversity and Social Justice Committee, helped create and advise Shades (a university student group for LGBTQ+ students of color), served as a Board member for West Louisville Community Ministries (providing emergency rental, utility, and medical financial support to clients in predominately ethnic minority and from low-income communities), and was a founding Board member of Sweet Evening Breeze (provides LGBTQ+ affirming services to adults experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity).
Additionally, equity and inclusion are woven throughout her research, administration, and teaching responsibilities. Her research focuses on health disparities affecting youth and young adults marginalized due to race, sexual orientation, gender identity, poverty, and their intersections. She was instrumental in the name change of our Marriage and Family Therapy Program to Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) as a more inclusive title for the work done in this field. She created a semesterly Cultural Humility workshop in the CFT Program to help students and clinicians focus on topics related to culture (such as working with families from rural areas and helping clients cope with racial trauma). She is also developing the new CFT course, Foundations of Family Therapy: Theory and Practice II that will focus on critical consciousness, power, and social justice in CFT.
Emma currently serves as our CFT Program Director and will stay in that role until the end of the year. She will transition into the new role over the course of the semester.