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Latinx/a/o Mental Health: Managing the Repercussions of the Covid-19 Pandemic

October 04, 2021
Submitted By: Office of Diversity and Community Engagement

Latinx/a/o Mental Health: Managing the Repercussions of the Covid-19 Pandemic

Event Details

Who: Open to the public

When: October 21 at 12:30 p.m. 

Where: Virtually on Zoom (register to receive the Zoom link)

RSVP: Register online today!

In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement, Hillyer College, and the University of Saint Joseph School of Interdisciplinary Health and Science present: “Latinx/a/o Mental Health: Managing the Repercussions of the Covid-19 Pandemic.”

On Thursday, Oct. 21 at 12:30 p.m., a panel of experts will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on Latinx/a/o mental health in higher education and community-based settings. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Anthony De Jesús, and panelists will include Noel Casiano, PsyD, LMFT; Kirsis A. Dipre, MA, NCC; and Jocelyn Flores, LCSW.

Meet the Speakers

Moderator: Anthony De Jesús, Ed.D., MSW (pronouns he/his/el)

Dr. Anthony De Jesús is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work and Equitable Community Practice and Director of the MSW Program at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT. He received an undergraduate degree (BSW) from Dominican College, an MSW from the Boston University School of Social Work and an Ed.M. and Ed.D. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Dr. De Jesús previously served as an Assistant Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work and a Researcher and Interim Director at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College (CUNY). A former school social worker trained as an education researcher, De Jesús has advanced a multidisciplinary research agenda with a focus on issues of culture and identity and access to K-12 and higher education institutions and professions, and access to culturally responsive services in community based mental health, child welfare and youth services.

Panelist: Noel Casiano, PsyD, LMFT

Dr. Noel Casiano is an Assistant Professor of Psychology & Human Services at the University of Hartford's - Hillyer College. He teaches courses in Psychology and the newly formed Human Services Concentration.

Panelist: Kirsis A. Dipre, MA, NCC

Kirsis A. Dipre, MA, NCC is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling and Applied Behavior Analysis in the School of Interdisciplinary Health and Science at the University of Saint Joseph. Dipre is completing her Ph.D., in Counselor Education and Supervision at Syracuse University and received her M.A., from The Family Institute at Northwestern University. She is a national certified mental health counselor with expertise in clinical mental health and multicultural counseling. Her research explores the mental health of Latinx, Afro-Latinx, and other marginalized communities through an intersectional lens in addition to examining mentorship of counseling students of marginalized identities.

Dipre’s professional background includes over 3 years of experience as a counselor working with children, adolescents, and adults. In her work, she has primarily served racially and ethnically minoritized populations who are often impacted by systems of oppression. Kirsis is currently the Mentorship Committee Chair for the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD) and is an NBCC Minority Fellow. Holmes Scholar, and a Spector Warren Fellow.

Panelist: Jocelyn Flores, LCSW

Jocelyn Flores a bilingual and bicultural Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is the founder of Open Space Therapy, LLC in Connecticut. She offers virtual outpatient therapy to individuals and families as well as supervision to candidates planning to pursue their LCSW. Prior to starting private practice, she was a clinical supervisor in the outpatient department of a nonprofit mental health agency for children and families. Jocelyn is an alumna of the University of Hartford (undergraduate) and the University of Saint Joseph (MSW).



Questions can be directed to Chris Grant.