Brian Coleman

Brian ColemanBrian Coleman
School Counseling Department Chair
Jones College Prep (IL)

Professional Background
Mr. Brian Coleman was the 2019 National School Counselor of the Year and a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Upstander Award recipient for his school counseling work and commitment to LGBTQA+ youth advocacy respectively. He has spent the last year traveling the country as an ambassador for the school counseling profession speaking on issues ranging from comprehensive sexual health education and counseling program design to counselor identity and professional brand. He has just completed his sixth year with Jones College Prep where he has served as Counseling Department Chair for three years. During his time at Jones, Mr. Coleman has overseen counseling programming for seniors and freshmen, sophomore sexual health education, JCP’s student mentorship program, and the school’s LGBTQA+ student organization JonesPride. In the last year, he has also participated in DePaul University’s “Here We Do” and McDonald’s “Black and Positively Golden” campaigns. He has also lent his voice to pieces for Forbes, Teen Vogue, and Chicago Tribune among others.

Educational Background
ME - Masters of Education, 2014
DePaul University (IL)

BA - Bachelor of Arts in Communications, 2008
Northwestern University (IL)

Why are you serving on the Faculty Advisory Committee?
“I am passionate about issues of diversity and inclusion in the postsecondary planning process, and I have served as an ambassador to the school counseling profession in my role as the 2019 National School Counselor of the Year. I would love to layer in additional perspectives and supports on the post-secondary planning process from the secondary school counseling vantage point. I also think that my identities as a black, gay, cisgender man who creates and oversees various programs for marginalized student populations creates opportunities for engagement and analysis that may be of interest to the GWI conference attendees.”

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