“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~Marianne Williamson
For more than 20 years, Dr. Carlton Green has held various roles in higher education settings. More specifically, he has worked in student activities, multicultural services, residence life, academic affairs, athletics, and counseling services in both public and private institutions. Currently, Dr. Green is serving as the Director of Diversity Training and Education in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Maryland (UMD). While building collaborative and empowering relationships with students, faculty, and staff, he has always sought to advocate for institutional policies and programs that promote access and equity for underserved populations.
Dr. Green relies on his first-hand experiences with and knowledge of diversity issues in higher education and mental health settings, while also respecting the unique perspectives of those requesting consultation. He understands that addressing diversity and justice issues in any organization can be emotionally challenging, and he works to ensure that all participants’ voices are heard and validated. Most importantly, he seeks to promote a strengths-based appreciation for diversity, especially among individuals who experience such issues as divisive and negative.
Dr. Green has advised countless student leaders and student organizations, in addition to developing and executing campus-wide retention programs as a Student Affairs administrator. As a mental health professional, he specializes in providing culturally responsive treatment, training, and supervision. In addition, in his role as an Instructor he has developed and implemented culturally inclusive curricula for mental health trainees.
Dr. Green earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, and received masters-level training in Mental Health Counseling and Pastoral Ministry, from Boston College. He has provided clinical services to diverse student populations at training sites including the Berkley College of Music Counseling and Advising Center and the University of Maryland Counseling Center. Dr. Green’s dedication to diversity and inclusion facilitated his appointment as the Multicultural Post-doctoral Fellow in Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Houston, the second most racially and ethnically diverse institution in the country.
For 5 years, Dr. Green served as a Staff Psychologist at the UMD Counseling Center, where he provided psychotherapy, consultation, outreach, supervision, and training services. During the 2016-17 academic year, his work was acknowledged at the both the local and national level. At UMD, he was honored with the Division of Student Affairs Outstanding Service Award, as well as the Champion of Our Community Award by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Staff and Faculty Association. At the national level, he was recognized as a 2016 Diversity Scholar by the Association of Counseling Center Training Agencies, and he served as an invited keynote panelist for the 10th Biennial National Multicultural Conference and Summit.
Dr. Green has developed and presented workshops on addressing racial trauma in mental health treatment at George Washington University, Gallaudet University, American University, the University of the District of Columbia, and Texas A&M University. In January 2018, Dr. Green was a featured guest on the Strange Fruit podcast, where he discussed racial trauma and mental health. He is a member of the historic Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA. There, he is a member of the AGAPE Mental Health Ministry, which provides mental health counseling, outreach, and referrals to church members. Dr. Green is also an active member in the American Psychological Association through the Society of Counseling Psychology and the Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.