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Dialogues for Diversity Series Exploring the Topic of Equity & Mental Health: Collective Burnout; Collaborative Restoration
(Delaware and Chester Counties, PA • February 9, 2022)—The latest in Delaware County Community College’s free, online Dialogues for Diversity series of discussions will be held from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., Tuesday, February 22 on the topic of “Equity & Mental Health—Collective Burnout; Collaborative Restoration.”
Hosted by the College’s Center for Equity and Social Justice, this dialogue will feature Dr. Antione Taylor, a neuropsychologist for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and Dr. Esther Castillo, founder of the Chinese Immigrant Families Wellness Initiative. These experts will explore why access to professional and self-care is not the same for everyone and what changes can be made to create a more equitable wellness community. There will be time for questions and answers, and information will be shared about resources for mental health and wellbeing.
Since the start of the pandemic, topics such as burnout, brain fog, anxiety and self-care have taken center stage, as many people are paying greater attention to their own mental health and the mental health of those around them. But the understanding of mental health and the opportunities to improve wellbeing can vary greatly among different groups. Dr. Taylor and Dr. Castillo will explore the question: What changes can we make to create a more equitable community as it relates to mental health and wellbeing?
Delaware County Community College’s Center for Equity and Social Justice hosts an ongoing series of Dialogue for Diversity events with rotating topics and formats. Due to the pandemic, these events are held virtually. The Center is housed in the College’s Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
The Dialogues for Diversity series provides a safe space for courageous and respectful community discussions about race, ethnicity, prejudice, discrimination, social privilege and other sometimes difficult to discuss topics. Previous dialogue topics have included, “Discussing Race in Our Communities,” with special guest New York Times bestselling author Austin Channing Brown, and “Equity & Education,” a conversation with Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, a professor of Sociology at Temple University, and president and founder of Temple University’s Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice in Philadelphia.
The College’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Simuelle Myers moderates the dialogues. The Dialogues for Diversity series is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Visual Sound and the Village of Four Seasons, a subsidiary of National Realty Corporation.