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Ahmad Washington


Assistant Professor, The University of Louisville

Ahmad Washington Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development at The University of Louisville.  He teaches in the School Counseling program where he works with pre-service school counseling students as they prepare to transition into the profession.  Dr. Washington received his Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from the University Iowa.  He is the co-editor of the recent book, Black male student success in 21st century urban schools: School counseling for equity, access and achievement.  Dr. Washington has received various counseling related awards recognizing his work, including the First Annual Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development Asa Hilliard Scholarship Award (2009).  His primary research interests are social justice counseling and hip-hop school counseling.   In particular, he is interested in exploring how, and under what circumstances, school counselors engage students in conversation about issues of social injustice through the multifacted lenses of hip-hop culture.  Dr. Washington recently partnered with The Louisville Urban League to create a program for local African American high school students that examined forms of systemic and institutional oppression (i.e., mass incarceration, the school-to-prison pipeline, environmental racism) and how various members of the hip-hop community have used their respective platforms to resist these forms of exploitation and domination.  Additionally, he is currently working with educators and administrators within Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) to develop instructional resources to assist teachers and school counselors who want to learn how to integrate aspects of critical hip-hop pedagogy and critical hip-hop counseling into their everyday practice with secondary school students.  When Ahmad is not working, he enjoys reading, playing music, practicing jiu jitsu and spending quality time with his friends and wife, Dr. Marta N. Mack-Washington.