Starting the Conversation about Mental Health in Diverse Communities
To promote mental health of BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students as well as other minoritized
student groups through ongoing education and advocacy.
Who Are We
Diverse Minds Peer Educators are student leaders from the Counseling Center committed
to educate their peers about the intersection of one’s social identities and how it
relates to their mental health. Our peer educators seek to create space for conversation
around how one’s lived experience as member of marginalized communities can impact
their mental health. Most of all, we seek to highlight how many students with minoritized
identity(ies) continue to thrive despite the many challenges they may face.
What We Do
- Increase awareness about minority mental health
- Remove cultural stigma surrounding mental health in marginalized communities
- Break down barriers to help-seeking
- Foster resiliency through skill-building activities
- Tabling Outreach (in-person/virtual): organizing and assisting with tabling outreach
- Workshops/Presentations: deliver interactive FCM workshops, classroom, and student group presentations on
various topics related to mental health, coping and resilience building skills, etc.
- Signature Events (in-person/virtual):
- In-Person: #MinorityMentalHealth Awareness Week, Splash The Stigma, Better In Color Paint &
- Virtual: IG LIVE! Healing Lounge Series
- Social Media Campaign: #TigersSpringIntoSelfCare
DMPs work closely with other peer education programs at the Counseling Center to create
and promote relevant events.
Peer educators are encouraged to generate new programming ideas based on the current
needs of the campus.
Our peer educators receive extensive training in skills related to leadership, program
development, needs assessment, and evaluation.
They are also trained to promote information through outreach events in the following
two broad areas:
- Awareness about myths vs. realities of minority mental health; challenging cultural
stigma surrounding mental health in marginalized communities
- Promoting resilience in diverse student groups
- You will be able to develop leadership, networking, public speaking, marketing, and
presentation skills, and more. All of which could be helpful in your future career
- You will develop skills to engage in and navigate sensitive conversations pertaining
to mental health and systemic oppression
- You will increase your own awareness about mental health issues and educate others
as well as advocate for your peers who may need access to mental health services
- You will meet other students and form new and meaningful friendships
- Lastly, this is a student leadership position that would look great on your resume
Workshops & Programs
Interested in one of our Peer Educator workshops or programs?
- Requests must be made with at least 3-week notice
- Workshops range between 30 minutes - 60 minutes and require A/V
- Presentations marked with an asterik (*) can be tailored to a specific population
- At this time, all workshops and programs will run via Zoom or Webex
View our workshops and submit your requests below.
Workshops & Programs Menu
Black Mental Health 101: Wellness (Re)Imagined*
Guided discussion about the myths and realities of Black mental health, stressors
unique to Black & African American communities and more. Students will explore how
their racial identities intersect with their mental well-being and learn how to strengthen
their mental health.
Breaking Silence, Breaking Stigma*
Interactive workshop to critically examine cultural stigma around mental illness in
communities of color other minoritized communities as well as its detrimental impact
on help-seeking behavior. Suggestions for ways to reduce stigma will be provided.
Beating the Odds: Working Through Stereotype Threat & Impostorism*
Societal and media messages as well as stereotypes can affect one’s self-perception
and self-efficacy. In this program, students will learn how to combat these messages
and work on appreciating their strengths.
Did You Really Just Say That?
An interactive discussion that is focused on recognizing and challenging microaggression.
Students learn strategies to confront microaggressions, whether they are a target,
bystander, or perpetrator.
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