Zac Martin, is a doctoral student in the Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development (ELPHD) program in Counseling and Counselor Education at North Carolina State University. Zac enrolled in the ELPHD program to meet the need for counselors–especially male Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) counselors–and counselor educators to serve underserved communities and marginalized youth. Prior to joining the doctorate program, Zac earned an Associate of Arts-Liberal Arts degree from Sinclair Community College, Bachelors of Arts-Psychology from Wittenberg University, and a Master of Science in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of Dayton.
Zac is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LPC) by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & Marriage and Family Therapist Board and a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate (LCMHCA) by the North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors. He is am currently pursuing Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor licensure in North Carolina.
Growing up as a lower middle class African American in historically underserved schools, Zac experienced firsthand the impact of limited behavioral health providers dedicated to minority communities. The incidents that he experienced highlight one truth: There is no time to waste in answering the call of our community. These experiences have driven Zac’s desire to walk alongside BIPOC youth as an advocate for the inequalities in access to mental health care for children and adolescent minorities. As a clinician, Zac hopes to provide gender-affirming and culturally competent care for clients as they explore how the systems in which they exist interact with their wellbeing