Beta Rho Chi Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota

Chi Sigma Iota, International

Promoting Excellence in the Profession of Counselling

Established at Ohio University in 1985, the mission of Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society for professional counselors, counselor educators, and students, is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership and excellence in counseling. It is also to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling. ( Beta Rho Chi Chapter

We promote a strong professional identity through members (professional counselors, counselor educators, and students) who contribute to the realization of a healthy society by fostering wellness and human dignity. (

Beta Rho Chi Chapter at Florida Atlantic University

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Beta Rho Chi Chapter was established at Florida Atlantic University in 1996.

Our chapter continues working on re-establishing a vigorous chapter of Chi Sigma Iota by identifying individuals with qualities and commitment levels needed to establish momentum for a full year of activities.

Our chapter of active members includes current students, alumni, and faculty. We focus on promoting excellence in the profession of counseling and hope to get members more involved in professional development, community engagement, wellness and more.

Welcome to the 2020-2021 Academic Year!



Message from the President, Adriana Labarta (doctoral student):

I wish you a warm welcome to the Fall 2020 semester! I am honored to serve as the 2020-2021 President of the Beta Rho Chi Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota. Despite recent challenges and transitions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, this academic year will be filled with exciting events, programs, and opportunities. Please be sure to check out our Fall 2020 newsletter for more information!

Further, I encourage you to consider joining the Beta Rho Chi chapter, which provides excellent leadership, professional development, and networking opportunities. If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback, please feel free to email me at I hope to see you at our upcoming virtual meetings and events!



2020-2021 CSI Beta Rho Chi Board & Members:


Name: Adriana Labarta

Position in CSI: President

Degree program/track: Ph.D. (Counselor Education)

Research interests: Eating disorders and multicultural/social justice issues in counseling and counselor education.

Why I joined CSI: I joined CSI to develop my leadership and advocacy skills, connect with fellow colleagues and professionals in the field, and contribute to the counseling profession in a meaningful way.


Name: Taylor Irvine

Position in CSI: Past President

Degree program/track: Ph.D. (Counselor Education)

Research Interests: Couples and infidelity; the therapeutic alliance; multicultural and social justice competencies   

 Why I joined CSI: I joined CSI because I wanted to develop my leadership skills, while also collaborating and networking with people in the counseling field.


Name: Ghari Shirley

Position in CSI: President-Elect

Degree program/track: Ph.D. (Counselor Education)

Research Interests: Rehabilitation Counseling, Leadership

Why I joined CSI: I joined CSI to deepen my connection with my fellow students and gain first-hand experience as a leader.


Name: Danna Demezier

Position in CSI: Vice President

Degree program/track: Ph.D. (Counselor Education)

Research Interests: Multicultural counseling (culturally responsive & evidence based interventions; mental health seeking behaviors in ethnically diverse groups).

Why I joined CSI: I joined CSI to become a stronger leader, a better servant, and greater advocate for counselors in the field. I also want to network with other counselors through seminars, trainings, and service opportunities.


Name: Joshua Katz

Position in CSI: Treasurer

Degree program/track: Ph.D. (Counselor Education)

Research Interests: LGBTQ + Affirmative Therapy; bullying and discrimination

Why I joined CSI: I joined CSI for professional development and leadership enhancement.


Name: Samantha Pino

Position in CSI: Secretary

Degree program/track: M.Ed. in School Counseling

Research Interests: LGBTQ+ issues and learning disabilities

Why I joined CSI: I joined to gain experience and connect with others in the program, as well as to have the opportunity to network and build connections within the community.


 Name: Tatiana Poole

Position in CSI: Emerging Leader

Degree program/track: M.Ed. in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling

Research Interests: Social psychological phenomena, cultural schemas and social relations, and substance use disorders

Why I joined CSI: I joined CSI because I was looking for a way to become more involved in an academic setting. For me, it’s paramount to engage myself early in my career to take advantage of all the opportunities available to me while introducing myself into the field of Clinical Rehabilitation and Counseling. Showing leadership qualities is an excellent way to display my motivation and interest in helping people and networking.