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Centering Our Mental Health: A Fireside Chat with Survivors at the Margins


Jul 28, 2021 01:37 PM

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Kenyora Parham, MSW
Executive Director @End Rape On Campus
Kenyora Parham, MSW is the Executive Director of End Rape On Campus (EROC). With an analytical and creative solutions mindset, Kenyora has served over the past decade working with youth and families, college students and administrators, community and government leaders, including the late Mayor Thomas M. Menino of Boston, MA and Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley in her former capacity as the Boston City Councilwoman. Prior to joining EROC, she has worked for several non-profit organizations and higher-education institutions including Brandeis University, Strong Women, Strong Girls, and Simmons University. Kenyora currently serves on several boards including President of the African-American Alumnae/i Association of Simmons University and an Advisory Board member of The Every Voice Coalition. Formerly, Kenyora served on the Alumni Association Board at Boston University’s School of Social Work.
Sarah McPherson, MSW
Program Manager @End Rape On Campus
Sarah McPherson is originally from Toronto, Canada, and grew up in Tracy, California and State College, Pennsylvania. After spending a year in Finland, she attended American University and The University of Pittsburgh, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and anthropology. She received her Master of Social Work (MSW) from Baylor University. Sarah has been working in relationship violence prevention since 2014; after working in the central TX community and in the Title IX department at Baylor, she moved back to central PA, and most recently served for 3 years as the Director of Outreach & Education at Centre Safe, the local DV/SA nonprofit. Sarah also currently teaches for Baylor’s Garland School of Social Work online MSW program. Sarah has two young kiddos, two cats, one dog, and a growing collection of 20+ plants.
Savanna Palafox
Founder @Exceptional HEROES
Savanna Palafox is the mind and the soul behind Exceptional HEROES. Her mission-driven empathy, personal background, and expertise in animal-assisted therapy lead to the vision of a holistic therapeutic device. Savanna is an alumna of Colorado State University, majoring in Child Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies. She has since been working to help children and adults with cognitive and emotional differences, also serving as a social media advocate for this community.
Ashley Zarah
Singer + Songwriter
Ashley Zarah is an Iranian-American singer/songwriter and Dark-Pop performer hailing from Los Angeles, CA. After recognizing the emotional disconnect she and others were facing with contemporary pop music, she decided to approach the genre through a lens that is often difficult to bare: reality. Merging millennial pain with an enticing pop soundscape, she is convincing the pop audience to feel something real again, the way she felt during the emo wave in the early 2000s.
Daniel Mango
Director of Black Mental Health @International Mental Health Association
Daniel Mango, MSW, ASW, EdD(c) is the Director of Black Mental Health Program at IMHA. Daniel is from New Jersey and is also a military verteran. He received his MSW from Boston University. While at BU, Daniel won the 2020 NASW-MA’s Future of Social Work Award for his work within the community. He also serves as the Assistant Regional Director of The Redwood Empire for the California Chapter of the NASW. Daniel has a passion for both education and mental health and is currently enrolled in a doctorate program in International and Multicultural Education in California. Daniel’s drive and passion for social, racial, and economic justice is what keeps him motivated to help abolish systems of oppression. He currently works as a school-based therapist at multiple High schools in California and believes that mental health, social justice and education go hand-in-hand. These three systems, to Daniel, are crucial for justice, liberation and freedom for marginalized folx all over the world.
Kacey Lee
Student @Space to Speak
Kacey Lee, an incoming freshman at Cornell University, is an anti-sexual violence and mental health advocate. Focused on the intersections between identity, survivorship, trauma, and community, she can currently be found at Project Lotus, Space to Speak, and the Restless Network. Using writing, graphic design, and technology as mediums for advocacy, she hopes to expand into legislative work and research in the near future.
Nicole Peluso
Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional @Mooditude
Nicole Peluso is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional located in New Jersey where she provides individual psychotherapy services to individuals at her full-time private practice called Empowered Healing, LLC. She works with clients experiencing a wide range of mental health difficulties including but not limited to trauma, eating disorders, relational issues, and childhood wounds. For the last 6 1/2 years, Nicole has been employed at Fairleigh Dickinson University where she has provided psychotherapy services to students as well as facilitated campus wide mental health events and outreach programming and advocacy. She has experience working with individuals who have experienced sexual assault and trauma and has provided resources as well as education on campus and with her clients. She served as an advisor on campus for Active Minds, Inc..