About Student Leadership and Organizations

The Dean of Students’ Office works with Student Leadership and the student organizations at William James to enrich the college’s community. Through collaboration and support we continue to grow connections in our community. Our office is more than happy to assist students interested in starting a new organization. On this page you can find a list of this year’s registered student groups. As well, below are resources to assist groups in having a successful year, and information on how to start a new organization.

Student Leadership

Meet your Leading Excellence Across Departments (LEAD) Team! The four student leaders meet monthly with the Dean of Students Office team and the Vice President for Academic Affairs to discuss nonacademic related issues, academic issues that are relevant to all students, and anything else pertinent to student life. The student leaders are here as a resource to you, and to hear any of your feedback. Please feel free to contact them.

Samantha Higgins - Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Samantha HigginsMy name is Sami, I am from Brick, New Jersey, and I am currently pursuing a masters in clinical mental health counseling at William James College. In addition to being the LEAD team member for my program I also currently work in admissions contacting prospective students, helping with interview days and open houses and guiding students through the application process. My first year I was able to do my practicum at Waverly Place working with adults in a milieu setting and running groups weekly. Currently I do outpatient therapy at Arbour Counseling Services. Through these experiences, plus the role plays, research, and assignments in my classes, I have learned so much about the field. One reason I chose to work in admissions is because I feel so at home at William James College and I want to help other students feel the same way. My time at William James has been wonderful, everyone has supported be whether it be staff, faculty, or other students. I joined ACES because I wanted to be able to connect with other students and make sure they felt they were being heard and getting the same positive experience here that I am.

Email: samantha_higgins@williamjames.edu

Meghan Lechuga - Clinical PsyD

Meghan LechugaI am a 4th year student in the clinical Psy.D. program here at William James College.  I currently serve as the 2018-2019 lead representative for the clinical ACES committee.  I am in the neuropsychology concentration and have a special interest in working with older adults.  I became involved in the new design of the leadership structure in the fall of 2017 and have served on the ACES committee since then.  I am committed to being an effective liaison between the students of the clinical program and the upper administration of the college as well as representing the collective voice of the student community.  Please feel free to email me directly for any needs, requests, questions, comments, ideas, or concerns.

Email: meghan_lechuga@williamjames.edu

Jessica Reis - School Psychology

Jessica ReisMy name is Jessica Reis and I am a current second year student at William James College. I received my Masters in Professional Psychology in August of 2017, and am working towards my Certificate of Advanced Graduate Students/Doctor of Psychology. Throughout the past two years at William James, I have interned at both an elementary and high school and have gained a variety of experience working with children and adolescents who struggle with social, emotional and behavioral difficulties. Additionally, I have consulted with teachers and families, written comprehensive evaluations and helped supervisors navigate through tricky special education procedures. Working in the ACE department has helped me further my connections at WJC and expand on my social relationships. I am excited for the remainder of my training here at WJC and am proud to be a future school psychologist! 

Email: jessica_reis@williamjames.edu

Rosilyn Sanders - Organizational Psychology

Rosilyn SandersI received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas and my Master of Arts degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Rehabilitation and Disability from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. I have a ten-year professional background in program development for non-profit agencies representing the underserved population. In 2012, I created and spearheaded a vocational program utilizing grant funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to employ the underserved population; allowing residents to receive certification as a licensed nursing assistant by collaborating with a local medical staffing agency. Also, I launched a summer and after-school literacy program for displaced youth. I am certified in job coaching for people with disabilities; trained in conflict resolution, motivational interviewing and case management, and documentation. I demonstrate an exceptional ability to introduce competitive employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities through training and development, consulting, marketing; to improve retention rates, increase efficiency and promote growth and opportunity. Currently, I am pursuing a Doctor of Psychology in Organizational Leadership at William James College. In addition to being a member of the Black Mental Health Academy and  Center for Multicultural and Global Mental Health (CMGMH) Scholar, I serve as representative for the Organizational Leadership Program bringing awareness to individuals with disabilities globally within corporate America.

Email: rosilyn_sanders@williamjames.edu

Student Organizations

William James College offers a number of student-led organizations. Organizations are open to all students.

African Latino Asian Native and Arab American - ALANAA

Adetutu Ajibose: adetutu_ajibose@williamjames.edu 
Kwame Dance: kwame_dance@williamjames.edu

ALANAA stands for African American, Latino, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Native American/Native Alaskan, and Arab American. The ALANAA group is derived from AHANA which was originally started at Boston College in 1979. We took the idea behind AHANA and adjusted it to be more inclusive (and add a little more flavor!) ALANAA is dedicated to celebrating the existing diversity at WJC, promoting greater diversity within the student body, and fostering connections between students whose interests include diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice. This group is OUR group. Everyone is welcome to join. Our goal is to bring together the students of color at WJC and those who want to celebrate diversity within WJC. Although this group is a promoting agent for academic and research affairs, we hope to use it as a medium for social networking (and fun!).

Christian Fellowship Group

Marie Galliotte: marie_galliotte@williamjames.edu
Tania Jimenez: tania_jimenez@williamjames.edu

The purpose of the Christian Fellowship group is to provide a warm, loving and supportive atmosphere where fellow Christian believers and individuals who may be interested in the Christian faith can come together to socialize, worship, pray, and encourage each other. 

Clinical Applications of Mindfulness

Susanna (Zan) Barry: susanna_barry@williamjames.edu
Lavinia Pinto: lavinia_pinto@williamjames.edu

The purpose of this group is to 1) share information about research, practice, conferences, and funding opportunities related to mindfulness in clinical psychology; 2) create a clearinghouse and convening body for students who use mindfulness as part of their clinical psychology work to share best practices; 3) foster connection with Massachusetts professional organizations, such as the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and the Center for Mindfulness at UMass Medical School; and 4) serve and inform the broader William James community through guest speakers or other professional development opportunities. 

Gero Volunteer Corps - GVC

Kristianna Donovan: kristianna_donovan@williamjames.edu
Michelle Jolson: michelle_jolson@williamjames.edu

Our mission: to bring generations together. The members of the GVC help coordinate outreach programming with older adults in the local community. We seek to educate, learn, and create lasting connections with the individuals we meet. In the past, we have run a variety of events including panels, discussions, and social media educational seminars.

Opioid Crisis and Advocacy

Melissa Garboski:  melissa_garboski@williamjames.edu
Maegan Kenney: maegan_kenney@williamjames.edu 

The Opioid Crisis & Advocacy group’s goal is to bring recovery speakers for our academic community and organize events, like creating a William James College team to participate in sponsored 5k runs.  We also hope to organize community outreach work for students, including involvement with local towns to deliver food to homeless individuals, host addiction/recovery vigils (like "Overcoming Addiction" in Everett, Ma) and initiate programs in local communities to follow individuals who have recently overdosed to offer support and information on addiction recovery.

Rainbow Alliance

Tristan R. Barney: tara_barney@williamjames.edu
Daniel Moore: daniel_moore@williamjames.edu
Facebook: www.facebook.com/WJCRainbowAlliance

The Rainbow Alliance at William James College is a group of students, faculty, and staff who want to provide support for one another, engage in LGBTQ advocacy/awareness, and plan events (for either purpose).

 Social Justice Student Coalition

Alexandra Adair: Alexandra_Adair@williamjames.edu
Marie Carmaudely L. Galliotte: marie_galliotte@williamjames.edu

The Social Justice Student Coalition (SJSC) at William James college aims to collaborate with and educate our communities on addressing disparities in the systems of those we serve from a mental health perspective. One of the primary visions of SJSC is to create a platform for WJC students who share in the same interest for social justice, to access community organizations and resources through which they can advocate for a particular social cause. In addition, SJSC will focus on building a bridge between the field and the community for the purpose of dissipating evidence-based knowledge that will serve to influence and instigate social changes.

SJSC Community Resources

Sports and Psychology

Victoria “Kenzie” Koch: victoria_koch@williamjames.edu
Michelle Jolson: michelle_jolson@williamjames.edu

Do you have an interest in Sports, Psychology, or Sports Psychology?  In this new student group, we hope to touch on all three areas:

  • create WJC team rosters for club sports
  • discuss clinical topics (i.e. performance enhancement techniques, recovering from injuries, visualization, and how to work with athletes in a clinical setting)
  • eview educational material on sports psychology and staying connected with the activities of the Association for Applied Sports Psychology


Student Parents and Caregivers

April Clayton: April_clayton@williamjames.edu
Aileen Peters: Aileen_Peters@williamjames.edu

Our group aims to provide support to student parents and caregivers. Students who are parenting (or caring for a loved one) during graduate school have unique challenges and needs. We hope to provide peer-support and access to family friendly events, study sessions, and speakers to ensure inclusivity and success for each individual in this non-traditional student group.

William James Military Community

LaTashia Raymond, MHRM:  latashia_raymond@WilliamJames.edu
Jennifer Sobel: jennifer_sobel@williamjames.edu

The WJC Military Community (MC) is comprised of Veterans, Military-affiliated students, non Military-affiliated students, faculty, and staff. Its mission is to provide support, information and resources to students throughout the pursuit of graduate-level academic and clinical training. A healthy Military Community is an essential component of providing peer support and cultural competency to the larger social fabric of William James College. This will be accomplished by providing education pertaining to Military/Veteran related issues to the greater WJC community, as well as community service, and advocacy. Veterans, Service Members, and Military families (specifically spouses and children, as well as extended family members) have equal emphasis within the Military Community. Additionally, support does not end with the classroom - the WJC Military Community seeks to provide support for fellow students who face the realities of service in the modern era: deployment, transition to and from Military service, and reintegration.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education