Wednesday, January 31, 2024 | 3:00-4:30 PM Central Time | Free
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"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” - Dr. Maya Angelou
Birthed out of a need for a safe space for students to share their untold stories, The Sisterhood/ La Hermanidad is where women, and women aligned, are encouraged to share, reflect, educate, and start to heal through their experiences by telling and/or listening to each other’s stories. Research shows that storytelling is part of the human interaction creating a present space and connection. Deborah Potts shares that storytelling “”provides context and detail, told in respondents’ own words with their own language, thus revealing their own unique perspectives on meaning and understanding”” (Potts, p.20). In this session, attendees will learn how a discussion series has transformed the relationship between students, faculty, and staff within a college community. Housed under the Mental Health Counseling and Wellness department, the Sisterhood/ La Hermanidad has allowed the destigmatization of mental health services and encouraged students - with a 60% increase - in seeking services and resources at the Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center. The presentation will cover the group’s origins, mission, structure, collaborations, outcomes, and benefits. Presenters will share their experiences with attendees on how to best implement the group within their institution - emphasizing the importance of creating a safe space for women, and women aligned, to express themselves, creating an inclusive environment, working with a diverse group of women - in age, ethnicity, race, religion, occupations, etc. - and how the institution can create a connection between DEI, mental health and women in leadership roles within higher education. Presenters will engage attendees in role play to showcase how a discussion is held and allocate time for attendees to ask questions.
Diana Gálvez, Assistant Director of the North Hudson Campus of Hudson County Community College
Diana Gálvez serves as the Assistant Director of the North Hudson Campus of Hudson County Community College and has been working in higher education for the past twelve years within the realm of student life, student services, and academic affairs. Diana first migrated to New Jersey a day shy of her fifth birthday. With a passion for knowledge and a determination to better herself, she graduated from Hudson County Community College with an Associate in Sociology. She furthered her education and obtained her bachelor's degree from New Jersey City University in Sociology and Anthropology during the Spring of 2020. An advocate for student success, she often connects students with resources and encourages them to achieve their potential. Diana currently advises the Latin Society club of HCCC, facilitates the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Passport Program, instructs College Student Success, serves as co-chancellor of Lambda Alpha Sigma - Adult Honor Society, leads the increasing mental health communication subgroup of HCCC's JED Campus initiative, and co-facilitates The Sisterhood support group on-campus.
Deliana Acosta, Bilingual Licensed Social Worker
Deliana Acosta is a Bilingual Licensed Social Worker in New Jersey. She is a graduate of Rutgers University's Master of Social Work program. She has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults struggling with various mental health issues. She currently works as the social worker for the Mental Health Counseling and Wellness Center at Hudson County Community College (HCCC). HCCC has partnered with JED Campus to improve its mental health department and resources. Deliana serves the team as the co-chair, leads the social connection and life skills subgroup, and is a part of the strategic planning group. Deliana instructs College Student Success at HCCC, Human Behavior and the Social Environment at Montclair University's Master of Social Work program, facilitates the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Passport Program, and co-facilitates The Sisterhood support group on-campus. Deliana is a certified trainer in Mental Health First Aid and Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) which allows her to train students, faculty, and staff within the HCCC community. Her approach to mental health has been to establish a working relationship through a strengths perspective. She is passionate about spreading awareness regarding Mental Health and breaking the mental health stigma within the minority community. She advocates ending the stigma by educating individuals, so they don't associate shame with wanting to speak to a licensed professional.
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