Schedule and Guest Speakers

THEME/TITLE: Voices of the Invisible Majority: Social Justice and Mental Health 

Tuesday, March 14

  • 4:30 pm: Opening Reception
  • 5:00 pm: Welcome & Introductions: Interim Dean Enrico Pontelli, College of Arts and Sciences
  • 5:30 pm: Presentation of Social Justice Awards:
    • NMSU/Government Department Social Justice Award – Dr. Satya Rao, Professor, NMSU Department of Public Health Services. Presented by Dr. Neil Harvey, Department Head, NMSU Department of Government 
    • Las Cruces Community Social Justice Award – Lorenzo Alba, Executive Director, Casa de Peregrinos. Presented by Dr. Anne Hubbell, NMSU Department of Communication Studies 
  • 6:30 pm: Keynote Speaker:  Dr. Tommy Thompson, La Clinica de Familia

"Social justice and Mental Health Care Reform: Patient Comorbidity and The Need for Integrated Health Care Centers in Rural America"

Wednesday, March 15

  • 8:00 am: Welcome & Introductions: Associate Dean Beth Pollack, NMSU College of Arts and Sciences
  • 8:30 am: Panel Presentation #1  Mental Health and Law Enforcement Issues
    • Moderator: Dr. Francisco Alatorre, NMSU Criminal Justice Department
    • Mark D’Antonio, J.D., District Attorney of the Third Judicial District of New Mexico
    • Ida D’Antonio, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
    • Stephen Lopez, Chief of Police, New Mexico State University Police
    • Roberto Gutierrez, Sergeant, Las Cruces Police Department
  • 9:30 am: Panel Presentation #2  Veterans’ Issues and PTSD
    • Moderator: Lt. Col. Jeremy Klomp, NMSU Air Force ROTC
    • Dr. Francisco Alatorre, NMSU Criminal Justice Department
    • Bobbi Marsh, Director of Military Programs, Peak Mental Hospital
    • Dr. Harry Silsby, Military Psychologist, Peak Mental Hospital
  • 10:30-10:45: BREAK
  • 10:45-11:00 am: J. Paul Taylor

Introduced by: Audrey Hardman-Hartley, Executive Director, Jardin de los Niños 

  • 11:00 am–12: 30 pm: Panel Presentation #3  Mental Health Issues and Treatment in the Community
    • Moderator: Zooey Sophia Pook, Director, NMSU LGBT+ Programs
    • Matt Mercer, Outreach Coordinator, Mesilla Valley Community of Hope
    • Dr. Satya Rao, Professor, NMSU Department of Public Health Sciences 
    • Micah Pearson, Vice President, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Dona Ana County
    • Dr. Laura Thompson, Distinguished Professor, NMSU Department of Psychology 
  • 12:30-1:30 pm: LUNCH BREAK
  • 1:30-2:30 pm: Panel Presentation #4  “In Our Own Voice”
    • Micah Pearson, Vice President, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Dona Ana County
    • JT Perez, Board Member, Equality New Mexico        
  • 2:30-3:15 pm: “The Value of Integrating Mindfulness Practice into Rural Communities with Diverse Cultural, Social and Economic Populations” by Gerri January, Clinical Nurse Specialist

Introduced by: Dr. Sandra Deshors, Assistant Professor, NMSU Department of Languages and Linguistics

  • 3:15 pm: BREAK
  • 3:45 pm: “The Invisible Becomes Visible” scenes from a Theatre Production about Mental Health
  • Written and Directed by: Wil Kilroy, Department Head, NMSU Theatre Department &
  • Amy Lanasa, Department Head, Department of Creative Media
  • Moderator/Introductions by: Wil Kilroy, Department Head, NMSU Theatre Department
  • Discussion to follow led by:
    • Dr. Dario Silva, Program Director, NMSU Employee Assistance Program
    • Dr. Beth Pollack, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences 
  • 5:00 pm: “Labeled” CMI Film Screening

By: Ross Marks, College Assistant Professor, John “Mitch” Fowler, Assistant Professor, & Kwanshun “Sherwin” Lau, Assistant Professor, NMSU Department of Creative Media 

  • 5:30 pm: Concluding Remarks

Co-Chairs of J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium: Amy Lanasa, Department Head, NMSU Department of Creative Media & Dr. Sandra Deshors, Assistant Professor, NMSU Department of Languages and Linguistics

  • 5:45 pm: Reception, Hosted by sponsors for the J. Taylor Symposium

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