A school counselor and counseling educator with an extensive background at the secondary education level, Kevon J. Bruce, M.Ed., joins Edinboro University’s School of Education in the Department of Counseling, School Psychology and Special Education for his tenure as 2018-2019 Frederick Douglass Scholar.
Bruce, who has a significant interest in closing the academic achievement gap for youth of color in impoverished communities, said that his experience as a product of an inner city school system and a school counselor gives him the insight into the conditions and curriculum of these individuals and families.
“I have witnessed the disparities in distribution of funds, teacher talents and expectations within the two settings,” said Bruce, who is passionate about leading high-risk youth to successful education attainment. “I aspire to show them that they can do anything they set their minds to, no matter their race, gender or economic status.”
Bruce is currently a doctoral candidate at Argosy University in Arlington, Va., pursuing his Doctor of Education in Counselor Education and Supervision. Prior to doctoral studies, he received his Master of Education in School Counseling from California University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre & Performance from Purchase College, a university in New York’s state system. Bruce also added a minor in Playwriting.
At Edinboro, Bruce will be working under the guidance of Dr. Adrienne Dixon, assistant professor in Edinboro’s Department of Counseling, School Psychology and Special Education.
Bruce said he decided to apply to the Frederick Douglass Institute at Edinboro because of the success of the university’s counseling program.
“I wanted to be a part of this culture and leave my mark,” he said. “Additionally, my professors and colleagues alike have received their counseling degrees from EU and I was armored by the program.”
As an educator, Bruce has taught group counseling, school counseling and multicultural counseling at Lehman College and Mercy College in Bronx, N.Y. and at New York University.
During his early career as a school counselor, Bruce managed cases and mentored secondary students throughout Pennsylvania, New York and Maryland. Most recently, he conducted individual counseling sessions, weekly group sessions and crisis management interventions at Invictus Preparatory Charter School in Brooklyn, N.Y. He also conducted individual and group sessions for 323 students at Easton High School in Maryland and monitored the social development of students at Hosanna House, Inc. in Pittsburgh.
As a graduate student at California, Bruce served as a student-athlete advisor and a peer mentor through the Office of Health and Wellness.
Bruce is an active member of the New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania School Counseling Association, the American Counseling Association and the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision.
At Edinboro, Bruce said that his priority is to contribute to the university and the counseling program while fostering positive relationships with the students on campus and the surrounding community.
“I want to show the fellowship committee that they have made the right decision by choosing me to be this year’s fellow,” said Bruce, whose career highlights include being an adjunct professor at NYU and erecting B.E.S.T. – a mentorship program for young boys of color at Easton High School in Maryland. “I hope by the end of this year I will leave Edinboro as a much wiser and refined gentleman.”
The son of Joshua and Sharon Bruce, the incoming Edinboro educator has two brothers – Jermaine and Malcolm.
In keeping with Frederick Douglass’ life of public service and commitment to equity and access, the Frederick Douglass Institutes of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education offers teaching opportunities to graduate students who are pursuing careers as university faculty and who are entering the final year of terminal degree and/or doctoral programs.
Frederick Douglass Scholars Fellowships are designed to provide teaching and other professional experiences, mentoring and potential employment opportunities within universities that are strongly committed to cultural diversity.