Provost’s Colloquium Series Presents “Moving Beyond Rhetoric: Are we really going to help?”

Rosemary Samantha Williams

Posted by: Elizabeth Richardson on April 1, 2021, No Comments

East Stroudsburg University’s Provost’s Colloquium Series, an intellectual experience that promotes dialogue among ESU faculty, staff, students, and community, continues for the Spring 2021 semester with a virtual presentation by R. Samantha Williams, counselor and instructor. The presentation “Moving Beyond Rhetoric: Are we really going to help?” will take place on Wednesday, April 7 at 5:30 p.m. Access the presentation via this Zoom link:

In her presentation Williams will attempt to increase insight, knowledge and understanding regarding the needs of students of color, while focusing on their utilization of mental health treatment. COVID-19 restrictions, increasing race-based conflicts, and political discord have intensified the need for supports from college counseling centers, faculty, staff and other supportive resources. Topics to be explored include; rhetoric vs. action/inaction, identifying and eliminating barriers to implementation of services, and does ‘inclusion’ apply to counseling and mental health? She will use relatable examples to support the correlation of real-life experiences with presentation content. Williams will explore processes of actively moving beyond statements of support to engaging in the implementation of action-oriented, change focused supports, initiatives and services.

For more information about the Provost’s Colloquium Series, contact Christina McDonald, director, office of sponsored projects and research, at (570) 422-7954 or