Whitney P. Akers, PhD, NCC, LPCA, ACS is an Assistant Professor at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and a counselor in private practice in Greensboro, NC. Whitney completed doctoral work in Counseling and Counselor Education with a cognate in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Whitney’s research centers on how people who identify as LGBTQ+ experience outness, how intersections of queerness and race, class, ability, spirituality, and ethnicity influence mental health and wellness, and how these intersectional lived-experiences are impacted by the current political climate in terms of access, perceived levels of safety, and identity pride. Recently, Whitney’s passion for examining ethical research practices facilitated collaboration with a team of counselor educators affiliated with ALGBTIC and AARC to create standards for assessment and research with LGBTQ+ populations. Whitney is grateful to have received the 2016-2017 ALGBTIC Graduate Student Award and honored to serve on the editorial board for The Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling and as the 2018-2019 ALGBTIC New Professional Emerging Leader.