- Lieber Memorial Associate Instructor Award (2023)
Associate Instructor Dasha Carver has successfully cultivated an inclusive and safe classroom environment for students through her thoughtful and compassionate approach to teaching. As a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology Program at Indiana University, Carver taught a wide breadth of undergraduate courses from Fall 2019 to Spring 2022, including Introduction to Counseling, Communication for Youth-Serving Professionals, and Multicultural Skills.
Committed to fostering equity and inclusion in the classroom and beyond, Carver challenges students to consider diverse perspectives and cultural implications of classroom topics. She is dedicated to preparing the next generation of educators and counselors to become critical thinkers and social justice advocates. To emphasize the importance of self-reflection and cultural humility, Carver encourages her students to hold themselves and other accountable when mistakes are made. Carver recognizes students’ ability to apply classroom skills in realistic situations as critically important. She facilities experimental projects, such as therapist/patient role-plays, to encourage students to apply the skills they have learned in real-world situations. Recognizing the importance of self-care and the mental wellbeing of students, Carver is continuously checking in with her students and incorporating mindfulness activities into her curricula.
Beyond the classroom, Carver serves as a trusted and compassionate mentor to students, especially those considering applying to graduate programs, through her current and former research assistant positions. She served as research assistant on a project analyzing how mentoring relationships can affect Black undergraduate students, and she currently serves as a research assistant and mentor at the Center of Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society (CRRES) where she provides guidance to undergraduate students interested in research. Committed to fostering student success, Carver has also helped organize professional and career development panels for undergraduate students in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology.