Patricia Marvel Named Distinguished Alumnus, School of Education
Patricia Marvel, assistant director of St Margaret’s House, South Bend, received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School of Education, IU South Bend.
The Distinguished Alumni Award’s aim is to recognize the achievements of outstanding members of the IU South Bend alumni community. Outstanding achievements may include academic achievements and/or involvement in any community activities that are designed to benefit youth, families, and the community.
Marvel graduated from Indiana University, with a Bachelor’s Degree in communication and a minor in Women’s Studies. Her graduate work took her again to Indiana University, where she completed her Master’s in counseling and human services.
She is a licensed mental health counselor and a licensed clinical addictions counselor. As a result of her continuous training, she has recently become an eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapist.
Marvel worked in the banking industry for nine years. Then she became the affirmative action officer at IU South Bend. Here she worked with many of the under-represented groups in society. She was an adjunct faculty member at the University of Notre Dame where she taught Gender Dialogue: Workplace Issues; and Diversity in the Workplace. After completing her master’s degree, she began work as the assistant director at St. Margaret’s House. She continued to be the assistant director, counselor, and volunteer coordinator of St. Margaret’s House for 12years. She provides individual counseling, as well as group therapy at St. Margaret’s House.
Marvel also serves on the Counseling and Human Services Advisory Board, in addition to supervising and mentoring practicum and internship students from the CHS program.
In December 2013, she was a co-presenter at the Symposium on Female Incarceration at Saint Mary’s College.
Marvel is also an independent consultant and does cultural competency and diversity training for such groups as Memorial Hospital, Concord Intermediate School, and the National Park Service.
Her international experience took her to China where she participated in counseling discussions and exchanges with counseling professionals in Beijing and Shanghai.
She is also an adjunct faculty member at Ivy Tech Community College, where she teaches women’s issues, introduction to human services, and families and communities. In 2011, she was selected as the recipient of the Phenomenal Woman Award by the Black Student Union. She is also the chairperson of the advisory board for the Human Services Department.