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My name is Dessie Avila, and I am a doctoral candidate at Tennessee Tech University working on my dissertation. I am looking for participates in my research project about Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) counselors’ experiences working in a rural area.

If you participate in my project, you will need to participate in one in-depth interview and another follow-up interview and bring an artifact representative of your experience as a BIPOC counselor working in a rural setting. An artifact can be music, an object, an image, or any other item. The interviews will take place over Zoom. It will take you about 1.75 hours to participate in the research.

This research study is part of the requirements to obtain my Ph.D. and is connected to Tennessee Tech University’s Counseling and Psychology program. To participate, you must meet the following criteria: (a) identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or a People of Color; (b) have graduated from a CACREP-accredited counseling program; (c) have a temporary license or fully licensed and are currently able to practice within the state of Tennessee; (d) currently work in one or more rural counties in Tennessee; and (e) be18 years or older. Additionally, you must work in a rural area for at least 20 hours a week.

The benefits of participating in this study include having BIPOC voices heard and helping understand what it is like to work as a counselor in a rural area. Your participation can help contribute to academic knowledge and society by illuminating experiences from your perspective. Participants will receive a $50 electronic Amazon gift card after the second interview.

For more information or to sign up, contact me at
Please forward this email to others who might be interested in participating.

Thank you!
Dessie Avila, LPC-MHSP