Event Calendar

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Becoming Empowering Change Agents: A Transformative Dialogue on the Linkage between Mental Health and Systemic Racism

Start Date: 5/8/2024 4:30 PM PDT
End Date: 5/8/2024 5:30 PM PDT


Organization Name: California Association of School Counselors

Contact:
Customer Service
Email: casc@schoolcounselor-ca.org
Phone: (909) 815-5222

In this impactful session, the California Association of School Counselors Committee for Social Justice, Equity, and Anti-Racism (SJEA) will discuss the release of the innovative "Toolkit for Social Justice, Equity, and Anti-Racism." This resource is designed to support school counselors and educators in embracing crucial concepts of social justice, equity, and anti-racism in their K-12 classroom teachings. Participants will receive access to the digital version of the "Toolkit for Social Justice, Equity, and Anti-Racism.


Attendees will:
  1. Acquire practical strategies and valuable resources for integrating social justice, equity, and anti-racism into the school counseling curriculum.
  2. Understand how to access the "Social Justice, Equity, and Anti-Racism Toolkit" as a guide to provide lessons across all levels (i.e. elementary, middle, high school).
  3. Gain awareness of the link between systemic racism and student mental health and learn best practices for embracing anti-racist principles as school counselors.
There is no cost to attend this webinar but space is limited. Click on "Public Registration" at right, fill out the form, and the webinar credentials will be sent to you the week prior to the event.

Panel Facilitator

Tiffany Le, M.S. P.P.S, (She/Her), is a high school counselor working in Orange County, California. Tiffany's experience spans from working in K-12 education to higher education settings, where she has combined her passions for mental health, youth empowerment, and social justice.





Elementary School Panelist

Brandon Castro, M.Ed.PPSC, APCC, is a Family Support Counselor and Counselor Educator from Merced County. He is passionate about supporting youth mental health and promoting a safe & inclusive environment for his students. He has been an active member of CASC since 2018 and has supported the organization through the following roles; Committee Member, Sub-Committee Lead for SJEA Publications, School Counseling Emerging Leader, and Co-Chair of the SJEA Committee.





Elementary School Panelist

Brandon I. Gernux (he/they) is a biracial, bisexual, and neurodivergent-affirming Elementary School Counselor in Santa Ana and serves on the CASC Social Justice, Equity, and Anti-Racism Committee, is a leader of the ASCA Elementary School Counselor Affinity Group, and is a recipient of the 2024 Orange County School Counselor of the Year recognition. Their passion lies in fostering inclusive classroom and school counseling practices that embrace neurodiversity.



Elementary School Panelist

Arianna Townsend is an elementary school counselor in Orange County. She believes in advocating and helping students find their voice to self-advocate. She strives to find equitable means of support for her students, families, and staff for a whole-child approach.







Middle School Panelist
Christiana Cobb-Dozier, M.Ed. P.P.S.
is a middle school counselor in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to her daily work as a school counselor, Christiana's experience includes being a published author of children's book, Racing for the People. She has a passion for social justice and the liberation of marginalized communities. She has served the Social Justice, Equity, and Anti-Racism committee since 2021.


 




Middle School Panelist
Zeyda Garcia, LPCC is a school counselor and counselor educator who enjoys finding creative solutions to ensure all students have access to counseling in schools. She has extensive K-12 school counseling experience and is the founder of Healing Aguas Wellness Solutions, LLC, which supports schools in building comprehensive counseling programs.




Middle School Panelist
Tamara Nabulsi, M.S. P.P.S. & APCC (she, her, hers), is a middle school counselor in Orange County, California. Within CASC, she has served as an emerging leader (21-23), committee member, and currently serves as the co-chair of the Social Justice, Equity, and Anti-Racism Committee. Her passions lie in advocating for marginalized/minoritized populations through an inclusive and equity focused lens.





High School Panelist
Gisselle Mandujano is a proud first generation college graduate and received her Masters of Science degree in School Counseling and her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from CSULB. She is a Dr. Patty Diversity Fellow with Ruling Our Experiences (ROX) whose mission is amplifying girls' voices regarding social change, representation, and equity. Gisselle is passionate about supporting scholars by meeting them where they are and advocating for their individual needs.





High School Panelist
Aliea Coston, Ed.D, is a school counselor with the San Bernardino City Unified School District for 17 years. She is passionate about helping to improve equitable academic, social-emotional, and college/career outcomes for our most marginalized students.




High School Panelist
Lavernis Martin, M.S. P.P.S. (He/Him), is a high school counselor from Southern California and recognized as a 2023-2024 CASC Emerging Leader. Lavernis is actively involved in CASC and contributes to the organization’s social justice, equity, anti-racism, and outreach efforts through various committees and publications.






Counselor Coach
Muna Osisioma is passionate about empowering school counselors to be change agents and champions of equity at their schools. He is also a co-leader of ASCA’s BIPOC School Counselor Affinity Group and a RAMP reviewer. He achieved RAMP status in 2020.