Cynthia L. Jew, Ph.D., is a Professor at California Lutheran University where she serves as Chair and Program Director of the Counselor Education Department. Dr. Jew teaches courses in Resiliency, School Systems and the foundational course in Cultural Proficiency for candidates receiving their Masters in Counselor Education. Dr. Jew also consults using the Cultural Proficiency model in the Educational Leadership department. Dr. Jew serves as a student support consultant to a public charter school. She received her Ph.D in School Psychology from the University of Denver and her primary area of research is developing Culturally aware Counselors and Advocates in school and college environments. She is a coauthor of the 2008 Corwin publication, Culturally Proficient Inquiry: A Lens for Identifying and Examining Educational Gaps. She is also the author of the Resiliency Skills and Abilities Scale.
Using the lens of Cultural Proficiency, Dr. Jew prepares school and college counselors. She is a single mother of two adopted daughters from China. Kiera provides the "test" of whether we are living into the vision of Cultural Proficiency; Jordyn, who uses Cochlear Implants, provides the reason for doing this Cultural Proficiencywork. They are teachers, leaders and the "soul" of the community into which we all hope to grow.