Student Mental Health Symposium

The University of Kansas Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies, along with the Latinx Studies Initiative, will host a mental health symposium to support students — particularly minorities and those affected by recent U.S. policy changes on immigration. The event will take place on Monday, February 19, 2018 from 1:00-5:00p.m. on the sixth floor (Malott Room, English Room, and Divine Nine) of the Kansas Memorial Union.

Many students on our campus face issues of stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges every single semester. In addition, many students are affected by racist rhetoric and micro-aggressions that signal that they don’t belong; some of KU’s students are also directly affected by the very real threats of deportation or losing one’s status as a result of rescinding the executive order known as DACA. Students report experiencing the negative facets of these issues in their classrooms, from their peers and instructors, where they live and where they study.

Fortunately, many students know that there are people at KU who care about student well-being and support systems in place to help students navigate stressors. 

Therefore, at the symposium you will:

  • Hear from mental health experts and practitioners working with students at local universities and Latinx communities in Kansas; 
  • Learn about resources available at KU and in Lawrence for you and your family or friends;
  • Improve your mental health through activities such as: Womxn of Color Makers Project, Therapy Writing with the KC Latino Writers Collective and Capoeira + Yoga with KU Capoeira Club and MariaAna Garza.

HOPE @ CAPS, mental health peer educators, are trained to help students manage daily stressors and connect students to campus resources. They will be present at the symposium and available to speak with students in a private, confidential setting.

This event is free and open to the public. The first annual Student Mental Health Symposium is generously supported by the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity & Equity, Counseling and Psychological Services, Health Education Resource Office, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Latin American Student Union, Latin American Graduate Organization, Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, Centro Hispano Resource Center, Peer Support Network, Headquarters Counseling Center, Sunrise Project, Juntos Center for Advancing Latino Health and Center for Community Outreach. For questions, email



Malott Room:

1:00 p.m. – Welcome

Marta Caminero-Santangelo, Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

1:10 p.m. – Opening Remarks

Carl Lejuez, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

1:20 p.m. – Panel Discussion: The State of Mental Health Support  in Kansas and at KU

Panelists: Mariana Ramírez, LSMW, Project Director for Juntos Center for Advancing Latino Health (KUMC); Cyndi Treaster, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) for Heartland Community Health Center; Tammara Durham, KU Vice Provost of Student Affairs.

2:20 p.m. – Information Fair: Support for You and Your Family

Presenters: Centro Hispano Resource Center, KU CAPS, KU CARE Coordinator, KU HERO, HOPE @ CAPS, Center for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, Headquarters Counseling Center, Latin American Graduate Organization (LAGO), Latin American Student Union (LASU), Peer Support Network, Sunrise Project

2:50 p.m. – Listening Session: POC Student Perspectives on Mental Health

Moderated by Charlesia McKinney

Panelists: Dasy Resendiz, Frank Angel, Frankie Hernandez, and Miranda Ganter

3:30 p.m. Break

English Room:

3:35 p.m. Breakout Session: Improving Your Mental Health Through Physical Activity

Session 1: Capoeira, facilitated by KU Capoeira Club

Session 2: Yoga and Meditation Exercise, facilitated by MariaAna Garza

Divine Nine Room:

4:15 p.m. – Breakout Session: Improving Your Mental Health with Therapeutic Writing

Facilitated by Gabriela Lemmons, KC Latino Writers Collective

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