Request Info | MyCampus Log-In | Site Index | Jobs | Search | Help
View site in Spanish using Google Translator

Diversity and Difference

Diversity and Difference

The Dean of Students Office Recognizes Important Events in
September and October

National Coming Out DayMSPP Recognizes National Coming Out Day
on October 11th

Please take a moment to view this video from the Human Rights Campaign.

Happy Coming out Week!

Find a rainbow ribbon at the Library desk and wear it all week!

Wednesday, October 15, 12:30 pm
Join us for "Coming Out" Cake in the first floor kitchen/lounge area

Join the Rainbow Alliance at these Coming Out Day film viewings and discussions of
Pariah: A coming-of-age story about a young Lesbian in the Bronx
There will be snacks!

  • Tuesday, October 14, 6:00 pm, Room 227
  • Wednesday, October 15, 7:30 pm, Room 332
  • Thursday, October 16, 10:00 am, Room 226
  • Friday, October 17, 12:00 pm, Room 227

September 15 - October 15
Hispanic Heritage Month

On October 8, 2014, MSPP hosted a special presentation about our students' summer immersion experiences in Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Haiti and the local immersion program at Casa Esperanza.

Glavielinys Cruz
3rd Year Clinical PsychologyPsyD Student
Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience (CFAR) track
Latino Mental Health Program (LMHP)

"As a Latino Mental Health student at MSPP, I engaged in a local immersion that took place in Casa Esperanza located in Roxbury, MA. It is a bilingual and bicultural behavioral health facility that specializes in serving the Latino community in Massachusetts. The program is very unique in that it is completely run in Spanish and the vast majority of the staff members are both Latino and bilingual.

The program is designed to offer assistance while increasing client's skills and self-efficacy through empowerment. The program hosts a men's program, a Latinas & children's center, and supportive housing. I participated in their Structured Outpatient Addictions Program (SOAP). SOAP fosters a holistic approach to substance abuse treatment. Topics of the program included (but were not limited to) substance abuse, trauma-related problems as well as mental health challenges. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to see a program run so well with a population that needs a lot of assistance. During my immersion experience, I was able to witness their training in activities of daily living such as conflict resolution skills and financial management. Also, I was able to observe the counseling and case management opportunities they offer to their clients."

Elizabeth Abbate
4th Year Clinical Psychology PsyD Student
Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience (CFAR) track

"We worked with several organizations while in Haiti, and each had a very special mission. They have several mental health professionals employed there who run groups focused on families and provide other services. We had the opportunity observe a parents group that was run at their facility as well as interact with some of the parents and children who receive services on a regular basis. We conducted trainings on trauma and development at a professional school where students study several subjects, such as nursing and economics. This training turned out to be more of a lively and meaningful discussion, as all the students had so much to teach us.

I was drawn to this trip because it seemed like an incredible opportunity. I had very little knowledge of Haitian culture and I wanted to learn more, especially because Massachusetts has a very large Haitian community. Perspective taking is an essential skill that every psychologist must have. The program provided us with a unique and wonderful opportunity to experience mental health work in a completely different and new country so that we could take what we learned during our trip and apply it to our clinical work at home. Being immersed in a culture completely different from one's own is overwhelming but extremely powerful. What I learned while participating in the program will stay with me for the rest of my professional and personal life. "

Laura Zakreski, MA
3rd Year Clinical PsychologyPsyD Student

"The LMHP immersion trips were so intense and yet so rewarding. While the Costa Rica trip was much more focused on observation and on language development, the Ecuador trip really gave us an opportunity to apply what we have learned, both clinically and linguistically. It was a much more personal experience, especially in having contact with Cynthia Lucero's family. The personal aspect of this trip contributed greatly to the enhanced sense of self and to the improved feelings of self-efficacy I gained while there."

Miriam Kolko, MA
4th Year Clinical Psychology PsyD Student

"This summer I had the honor of taking part in a summer immersion experience in Haiti. The goal of the program was to help students gain a deeper appreciation of the language, customs, and cultural practices of Haitian society. We engaged in service learning activities and multidisciplinary collaborations with schools, grassroots organizations, and health care and social services agencies in Haiti as well as cultural excursions and visiting historical sites.

Each day we spent time with community members and staff members, providing education on trauma and trauma responses as well as educational play-groups for the community members. Two of the days we were able to visit some of the beautiful historical landmarks in Haiti. We toured open markets and explored Port Au Prince, learning about the history of Haiti, the impact of the earthquake, and its impact on the present day conditions of the country.

I chose to go to Haiti with the immersion program because learning about other cultures, religions, and traditions is highly important to me. I feel that in order to be an effective clinician, cultural competency is necessary and having this experience has given me a deeper understanding and appreciation for the Haitian culture."

The Lucero Latino Mental Health Program invites you to join us in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month

MSPP movie and discussion night
"BAJO LA MISMA LUNA (Under the same moon)"
October 8, 2014, 5:30- 8:00 pm, Room 127
Light dinner, please RSVP to

The story of an undocumented immigrant and his son Carlitos who is one of the countless children left behind by parents who come to the U.S. seeking a way to provide for their families. A heartwarming tale of a mother's devotion, a son's courage and a love that knows no borders.

Other local events and information:

Documented, at UMass Boston
September 25, 2014, 1:00­3:00 pm
Click here for more information

LatinasRepresent Boston, at UMass Boston
September 29, 2014, 12:00 pm
Click here for more information

PBS Video Series: Latino Americans

National Hispanic Heritage Month Website

Boston Public Library Latino Literature Book List, 2014 (PDF)

Latino Social Workers Organization

Celebrate World Mental Health Day
on October 10th

Since 1992, the World Federation for Mental Health has inspired an annual celebration promoting advocacy for global mental health. World Mental Health Day, held on October 10th of each year, involves members in over 150 countries bringing public awareness to the impact of mental illness on individuals' daily lives. The annual event allows conversations to be had around current issues in the field as well as opportunities to address and support needs in mental health care. Each year the day has a theme and, this year, it will be "Living with schizophrenia." The World Health Organization and the World Federation for Mental Health will provide information on how to best live a healthy life and manage schizophrenia. Learn more about World Mental Health Day here.



Contact Information

If you would like to be included in future profiles on this site, please contact Josh Cooper at

Updated 10/13/14

News & Events Archives

June 2014

May 2014

April 2014

March 2014

February 2014

January 2014

November & December 2013

October 2013
National Coming Out Day, October 11

June 2013
Pride Month

March 2013
Recognizing Women's History Month

February 2013
Recognizing Cultural Ethnic Differences

November 2012
Recognizing our Military Community

October 2012
National Coming Out Day, October 11
Disabilities Awareness Month

September 2012
Hispanic Heritage Month

June 2012
Pride Month and Haitian Flag Day

February 2012
African American/Black History Month

November 2011
Recognizing our Military Community

September 2011
Hispanic Heritage Month

June 2011
Equality Month

March 2011
Women's History Month

February 2011
African American/Black History Month

January 2011
Happy New Year!

November 2010
Recognizing Student Veterans

October 2010
National Coming Out Day, October 11

September 2010
Hispanic Heritage Month

Recognizing Ramadan

June 2010
Equality Month

May 2010
Older American's Month

March 2010
Women's History Month

February 2010
African American/Black History Month

November 2009
The Office of Multicultural Affairs recognizes our student veterans and military during the month of November

October 2009
National Coming Out Day: October 11th and Disability Awareness Month: October

September 2009
Hispanic Heritage Month

The Changing Face of Immigration: Legal Debates, Controversies and the Implications for Clinical Practice (PDF)

May 2009
Weil Grant Training: Leading Culturally Sensitive Parent Education Support Group

April 2009
Latino Mental Health Professional Networking Evening

Diversity Training: Hurricane Katrina Disaster Victims

Follow us on Blogs facebook twitter you tube