October 20, 2015
Angela D. Coker
Global Experiences: Botswana, Brazil, Namibia, and South Africa
Angela D. Coker, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, is an Associate Professor of Counseling and Family Therapy at the University of Missouri – St. Louis. Her areas of scholarly activity include women’s academic, career, and psychosocial development. In addition, she has also been active in the areas of group counseling and the internationalization of counseling. Dr. Coker is the author of numerous articles, book chapters, and co-editor of the book Experiential Activities for Teaching Multicultural Competence in Counseling (Pope, Pangelinan, & Coker, 2011). Dr. Coker currently serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development (JMCD) where she has been invited to enhance the journal’s representation of international counseling issues and scholars.
As a counselor educator Dr. Coker focuses on helping counselors enhance their cultural competence in order to serve diverse communities globally. Dr. Coker is a 2011 Fulbright-Hays scholar who has examined cultural diversity in Brazil. In 2013 she served as a sabbaticant in the Department of Educational Foundations at the University of Botswana. While in Botswana she conducted a qualitative study that explored the experiences of community and school counselors in the region. Dr. Coker has also provided professional development training for UNICEF staff in Botswana. She has also provided counseling outreach to women who have experienced homelessness in Windhoek, Namibia. While in Namibia she also provided professional development and wellness training for staff serving impoverished children in the township of Katutura. Dr. Coker has also served as a Visiting Scholar at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa where she conducted workshops on women’s development and counseling. Lastly, Dr. Coker currently serves as a Fellow in the Office of International Studies and Programs at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.