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 2021-2022 Academic Year!



Message from the President, Ghari Shirley (doctoral student):

I wish you a warm welcome to the Fall 2021 semester! I am honored to serve as the 2021-2022 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 2021 Newsletter and Spring/Summer 2022 Newsletter!

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 in-person and virtual meetings and events!



2021-2022 CSI Beta Rho Chi Board & Members:


Name: Ghari Shirley

Position in CSI: President

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: Adriana Labarta

Position in CSI: Past 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: Gina Cipriano

Position in CSI: President-Elect

Degree program/track: M.Ed in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Research Interests: couples therapy and eating disorders

 Why I joined CSI: Due to the pandemic, I started my master's degree completely online which led me to feel disconnected from others in the field. I wanted to join CSI to network and learn from other professionals who I admire. Additionally, I joined as a way to improve my leadership abilities.


Name: Kira Rowane

Position in CSI: Vice President

Degree program/track: M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Research Interests: complex trauma, power dynamics, systemic phenomena

Why I joined CSI: To engage with the counseling profession in the supportive and collaborative environment CSI provides. Sometimes there's more that we can learn from each other than from a textbook.


Name: Holly Winters

Position in CSI: Secretary

Degree program/track: M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 

Research Interests: therapeutic alliance, infedilty 

Why I joined CSI: To get more involved in the counseling program, learn new things, and meet more people.


Name: Rose Jean

Position in CSI: Treasurer

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

Research Interests: parents of children with autism and underlying factors

Why I joined CSI: To make an impact within the counseling field. I also have a desire to inspire others to reach their goals by providing mentorship and guidance to students within our field. This is my way of giving back, but also formulating relationships by networking as I continue to develop as a young professional.


 Name: Nigel Johnson

Position in CSI: Emerging Leader

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

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

Why I joined CSI: I joined CSI to broaden my counseling skills. I also desire to foster relationships with other like-minded students who desire to create change and gain first hand experience as a leader.