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Social Sustainability Conference Set for June 8 - 10

A network of people from varied walks of life will come together in Charlotte and other U.S. and U.K. cities on June 8 - 10 to delve into transportation, connections with the natural world, the value of human well-being and security, and social and physical mobility. These topics and more make up the fourth annual conference of the Integrated Network for Social Sustainability (INSS). With a theme of “Communities and Connections,” the conference is open to the public at no charge, but registrations are requested.

The INSS encourages a greater appreciation for social aspects of sustainability with a particular focus on engineering and its allied professions. The network views sustainability as an integrated concept, rather than as separate environmental, economic, and social sustainabilities, in that each of these elements is inseparable from the others. Since social elements remain under-appreciated, the network works for greater inclusion of these in planning and practice.

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Doctoral Student Receives $20,000 National Fellowship

Counseling student LaTonya Summers is one of 22 doctoral scholars across the United States to be selected for the Minority Fellowship Program by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).

As a result of this honor, Summers will receive $20,000 and training to support her education and facilitate her efforts with underserved minority populations.

Summers, who is pursuing a doctoral degree in counselor education and supervision, founded the LifeSkills Counseling and Consulting Group, where she oversees a free counseling program for people who are uninsured and unemployed. In Charlotte, 17 percent of the total population is uninsured and 10 percent is unemployed. Since 2007, she has served more than 300 individuals and families. She also founded a professional counseling training institute, which provides monthly NBCC-approved workshops.