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NCORE Webinar Series

Fostering Connection: A Relational Approach to Advocacy


Wednesday, November 17, 2021 

3:00-4:30 PM Central Time (4:00-5:30 PM Eastern, 2:00-3:30 PM Mountain, 1:00-2:30 PM Pacific; convert other time zones here)

$25.00  |  Register

Live captions and sign language interpretation provided. Registration will close Tuesday, November 16th, at 4:30 PM Central Time, or when capacity is reached.


Important Details for Registrants:

  • The Zoom link will be emailed the morning of the webinar.
  • Download the latest version of Zoom on your device BEFORE the webinar begins. Launch and sign into Zoom, click on your profile picture (top right corner) and select Check for Updates. 
  • All registrants will receive a recording approximately one week after the webinar.
  • Email for assistance.

Webinar Description:

Advocates are often well intentioned and are eager to help but at times we can neglect the value of forming relationships and connections with the immigrant and undocumented populations we are advocating for. The workshop will focus on implementing a relational approach to advocacy for practitioners and higher education professionals. Participants will gain insight into the three main tenets of Relational Cultural Theory (mutual empathy, mutual empowerment, growth fostering relationships) and how to apply this theory when working with immigrant and undocumented populations. Through mutual empathy the student in turn shows and learns empathy for themselves and others, similarly with empowerment and through the fostering of a relationship the student grows in connection and trust. This presentation will provide practical skills for increasing a relational and therapeutic connection in advocacy and individuals will have the opportunity to begin developing their own relational approach.



Shekila Melchior, PhD, NCC, Assistant Professor, Counseling and Development, George Mason University

Dr. Melchior is a Nationally Board Cerified Counselor and a licensed Professional School Counselor. Dr. Melchior received her PhD from Virginia Tech in 2017 and holds a Master's degree in School Counseling from North Carolina A&T. 
Dr. Melchior is a member of the American Counseling Association, the American School Counseling Association, ACES/SACES, Counselors for Social Justice and the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD). Dr. Melchior currently serves as a member of the Counselors for Social Justice Curriculum Taskforce. She is President-elect of the Virginia Alliance for School Counseling. Dr. Melchior's research interests include social justice identity development, undocumented students/immigrants, the professional identity development of school counselors and human trafficking.