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Amber May (She, Her, Hers)

Director of Multicultural Affairs, Carroll University

TEACHES IN THE FOLLOWING PROGRAM(S)

Behavioral Health Psychology

Biography

Amber May was born in IL, and at an early age was relocated to San Diego CA. As the oldest of three siblings being raised in California for 13 years, she credits her inclusive perspective to her single mother and village of support. As a teenager her family relocated back to the Midwest. Amber entered college at Anderson University in Indiana. She obtained her degree in social work and served the State of Indiana for a total of 7 years. Amber credits her California upbringing for encouraging the natural engagement of varied cultures, affinity for water and protecting the environment, and obsession with Mexican food. She credits the Midwest for the ability to form the most formidable friendships with faculty and peers that have lasted decades.
 
Amber pivoted her career to higher education and worked as a Resident Hall director. She experienced compassion fatigue and burnout. She naively believed that becoming a Hall Director would be “easier”. She quickly learned she would need every bit of her previous social work experience to help her students navigate the challenges of life on campus.  She also worked for two more institutions prior to coming to Carroll. That includes Temple University In Philadelphia and Marquette University in Milwaukee. Her work centered around student success and diversity equity and inclusion.

Education

  • Masters in Business Administration
  • Bachelors of Social Work

Areas of Specialization

  • Social Work
  • Case Management
  • Therapy
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Diversity Equity and Inclusion
  • Higher Education (Residence Life)

Scholarly and Professional Achievements

INSIGHT Into Diversity’s 2020 Inspiring Affinity Group Award- for the creation of an ERG “Brunch and Bubbly Crew”. INSIGHT Into Diversity is the oldest and largest diversity and inclusion publication and job board in higher education today.
 
Nominee for the Center for Leadership Development by Anderson University’s Mosaic Diversity Committee and University Provost, March 2013

Publications

May, A. (2021, May 14) Do Not Take My Breath Away. https://www.carrollu.edu/articles/faculty-staff/2021/05/do-not-take-my-breath-away

Presentations

May, A. (2018, March). “Pre Enrollment Support Program: Building a Representative Dental Workforce.” [Conference presentation]. American Dental Education Association (ADEA), Orlando, FL, United States.
 
May, A. (2014, October). “Crisis Counseling” [Co-Presenter]. NACADA, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, United States.
                 
May, A .(2012, August). RA Class 101:  Utilizing Strengths Finder and Restructuring RA Class to Fit the Needs of Your Group.[Conference presentation] ACSD Drive-In Conference. Marion, IN, United States.
 
May, A. (2012, October). Utilizing Strengths Finder and Restructuring RA Class to Fit the Needs of Your Group [Social Work Department: ‘Family Diversity’ class presenter]. Anderson University, Anderson, IN, United States.
 
May, A. (2012, September). Career Paths in the Social Service Department. [Social Work Department: Human Behavior in a Social Environment Guest Panelist]. Anderson, IN, United States.
 
May, A. (2013, August). Utilizing Effective Time Management Skills. [School of Media and Communication Department: Guest Presenter to Freshmen Class]. Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, United States.
 
May, A. (2013, September).  “Debunking the Myths of Self Harm.” [RCLC Seminar Workshop]. Temple University, Philidelphia, PA, United States.
 
May, A. (2013, September). “Resume Writing Skills.” [RCLC Seminar Workshop]. Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, United States.
 
May, A. (2021, January). DEI Summit Leadership and Development [Conference presentation]. CIC Presdients Institute: National Conference.

Carroll University Presentations 

May, A. (2021, Spring). Impacts of medical mistrust in the BIPOC community. ‘History of Medical Mistrust: White Coat Fear” [Physicians Assistant Class Guest Presenter]. Carroll University, Waukesha, WI, United States.
 
May, A. (2021, Spring). Defining Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Provided team with best practice engagement and recruitment of BIPOC Students [Guest Presenter to Enrollment Department]. Carroll University. Waukesha, WI, United States.
 
May, A. (2021, Spring). Understanding social determinants of health: Racism vs Placsim in nursing [Guest Presenter to Nursing Student Class]. Carroll University, Waukesha, WI, United States.
 
May, A. (2021, Spring). Understanding the impacts of social injustice in musical expression. Reflected on social identities. [Presenter to Choir and Vocal Music Class]. Carroll University, Waukesha, WI, United States.
 
May, A. (2021, Spring). Presented on the Historical presence of Social Justice Activism in Athletics. [Co-Collaboration training with the Office of Violence Prevention]. Carroll University, Waukesha, WI, United States.
 
May, A. (2021, Spring). Anti Racism, Allyship and Ablelism. [Presentation]. Carroll University, Waukesha, WI, United States.

What is your teaching style?

My teaching style is purposeful and collaborative. My expectation is that students contribute to conversations in a variety of ways based on their learning styles as well. I incorporate story telling and lecturing, but mostly discussion.

Why do you do what you do?

I am so passionate about people learning and applying concepts. I love reflecting on past experiences and being challenged by best practice. I want to see students grow in their knowledge base and practice toward others.

How do you make learning engaging?

Discussions, projects, guest speakers, creative assignments, in real time feedback.

What should students know about you?

I am excited to meet them, journey through this material together, and I am a listening ear and guiding light while they are with me.
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