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Student Leadership Creating a Mental Health Revolution
May 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us and learn how young people are using intersectional ways to improve mental health services and create an empowering student mental health movement. Hear about unique solutions from inspiring student leaders on how to mobilize to advance this important cause. The panel will include students Cyn Gómez, Issabella Romo and Wesley Lu, and will be moderated by Sonny S. Patel.
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Cyn Gómez is a second-year studying at the University of California, Berkeley, they hope to study Social Welfare with minors in Spanish and Race & Law—additionally, Cyn aspires to be a Civil Rights Litigator and Congressperson in the future. Right now, they are a part of the ASUC, serve as a commissioner to the city of Berkeley, and serve as a member of the non-profit organization, Tangible movement. Cyn is a non-binary person that wants to make a difference in areas from mental health to LGBTQ+ issues.
Issabella Romo is a second-year student at the University of California, Berkeley where she is studying Legal Studies, Political Economy, and Human Rights. Ms. Romo was recently elected to be an ASUC Senator with a focus on the campus’s mental health climate and conducts research at the Human Rights Center.
Wesley Lu (he/him) is a rising 3rd-year undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley double majoring in Psychology and Social Welfare with a minor in Education. Growing up in Diamond Bar, CA, he got his start in mental health advocacy through a peer counseling program offered at his high school where he learned the importance of social-emotional learning in academic environments and being mindful of one’s wellness in everyday life. Currently, he serves in his school’s student government where he continues making behavioral health a priority among the various challenges, experiences, conditions students face in his community. Though mental health is an increasingly growing issue, he hopes to pursue a career afterward that allows him to provide guidance and support to people of backgrounds trying to navigate this topic.
Sonny S. Patel, MPH, MPhil, (moderator) is a Public Health and Global Health Executive who serves on advisory committees and board of directors of organizations creating positive social and community impact in Los Angeles and beyond. Patel is a former National Institutes of Health Fogarty Global Health Scholar who was named in 2020 by USAID in India as one of the top DevDistruptors in Mental Health. He advocates, empowers, and spotlights student leaders through social media such as on his weekly Twitter Space focus on listening to and connecting with student leaders.