Curriculum Team

The team that drafts and presents political and psychosocial
education curriculum for network members

Selma de Leon-Yznaga


Selma de Leon-Yznaga is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. In addition to 28 years of experience as a school teacher, school counselor, licensed professional counselor/supervisor, and counselor educator, Dr. Yznaga has held numerous leadership positions in the Texas Counseling Association (TCA) and the American Counseling Association (ACA). In 2007, Dr. Yznaga founded Texas Counselors for Social Justice, a division of TCA dedicated to addressing the oppression and marginalization of ethnic and social minorities. She continues to engage in scholarship and advocacy related to Latinx issues, speaking to and training mental health professionals and community organizers across the country in order to raise awareness and support for Latinx communities. Most recently, her research interests include the agency and resilience of Central American child migrants and the criminalization of immigrants.

Dr. Vanessa M. Perry

Dr. Vanessa M. Perry is Assistant Professor of Practice in the Counseling Program at The University of Arizona. Dr. Perry comes to The University of Arizona from East Carolina University (ECU), North Carolina, where she earned a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Counseling and Administration. While at ECU, Dr. Perry was an American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Volunteer who responded to the aftermath of the 2014 tornadoes that devastated Beaufort County, North Carolina. She also served as the clinic manager, clinical supervisor, and counselor at a community mental health clinic affiliated with ECU, in addition to providing outreach and counseling services to homeless veterans via a mobile clinic. In other work experience, Dr. Perry has been a rehabilitation counselor, disability rights advocate, military social service support, and clinical mental health counselor. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a Licensed Associate.

At The University of Arizona, Dr. Perry instructs clinical mental health and clinical rehabilitation counseling courses. She is the faculty advisor to the Counseling Program’s student organization, Counselors for Social Justice, a chartered chapter of the American Counseling Association. Her research interests include the clinical supervision of Spanish-English bilingual counselors and the shared decision-making process in mental health treatment. She has also been selected to join the inaugural class of the UA Hispanic Serving Institution Fellows Program.

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