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NIU professor Lee Covington Rush honored with 2011 Counselor Educator Advocacy Award

April 7, 2011
Lee Covington Rush

Lee Covington Rush

Lee Covington Rush, an assistant professor of counseling in the NIU Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education, recently was honored by the American Counseling Association as the winner of the Counselor Educator Advocacy Award 2011.

This award is given to an ACA member or members who have been involved in legislative advocacy training and development. The award was presented at ACA’s annual conference in New Orleans. 

Rush has shown through his professional activities in ACA his outstanding commitment to advocacy and also has served as a role model for his students since 2002.

He was a national committee member for Counselors for Social Justice, served on a college committee for the recruitment of diverse students and faculty, served as an invited participant on Training Our Campuses Against Racism, worked on a university committee on social justice initiatives and was one of the founding members of the Illinois ALGBTIC.

He has served several times as the faculty advisor for Chi Sigma Iota – the Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International, has served on the Faculty Senate, as a faculty participant for the University Office of Multicultural Student Services, a faculty participant with the Black Student’s Organization and as an executive board member of the Black Faculty Association at NIU.

His commitment to diversity is also shown through his editorial review board membership for the Illinois Committee on Black Concerns in Higher Education.

Rush received his bachelor’s degree from Livingstone College, his master’s degree from New York University and his Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from The Ohio State University.

Founded in 1952 and headquartered in Alexandria, Va., the American Counseling Association is the world’s largest private, not-for-profit organization for professional counselors. Dedicated to promoting public confidence and trust in the counseling profession, the American Counseling Association provides leadership training, continuing education and advocacy services for its more than 42,000 members.