FUNDRAISING CHAIR'S MESSAGE
My name is Curtesia Plunkett and I am from the great state of Oklahoma. I am currently a 3rd year Counseling Psychology Doctoral student at the University of Oklahoma (OU). I received my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Central Oklahoma (where I also became a Ronald E. McNair Scholar) and my Master's degree in Community Counseling from Oklahoma State University (OSU). My research interests include developing prevention/intervention programs that target at-risk youth in the African-American community as well as African-American women and African-American romantic relationships. My passion for helping youth increased after interning at a juvenile prison while I was obtaining my Master's degree. I realized when working with the youth, that a lot of them had lost hope in life ever becoming better since being incarcerated. Therefore, I want to find out what can be done to help youth not reach this point. I desire for my research to be a catalyst that can be implemented and impactful within the community.
I have been a member ABPsi for 4 years now and what a life-changing experience it has been! I have served as a convention volunteer all 4 years, as a committee member for the Student Circle National Convention Committee, and as the Student Circle Fundraising Chair this past year. Being able to serve in such a capacity has been a very rewarding, enlightening, and enjoyable experience. As a Finer woman of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., I have served in many positions including: president while pursuing my undergraduate degree, vice-president of the graduate chapter, and as the undergraduate advisor following graduation. Some of my experiences include leadership, coordinating events, fundraising, and financial planning. I look forward to continuing to expanding upon my leadership abilities and being of service within the ABPsi Student Circle board as I continue on as this year's Fundraising Chair. A fun fact about me is that I'm a thrill seeker (e.g. I love rollercoasters and adventure).