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ABOUT ACTIVE MINDS, INC. Active Minds is a national 501(c)3 organization that empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage helpseeking. We are changing the culture on campuses and in the community by providing information, leadership opportunities and advocacy training to the next generation. By developing and supporting chapters of a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy group on campuses nationwide, the non-profit organization works to increase students’ awareness of mental health issues, provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness, encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed, and serve as liaison between students and the mental health community. Through campus-wide events and national programs, Active Minds aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and create a comfortable environment for an open conversation about mental health issues on campuses nationwide.
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GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY HOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTER 3800 Reservoir Road NW, Washington, DC 20007 All meeting rooms are located in the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center. The Registration Area, Store and Exhibit Hall are located in the West Lobby. Hotel lobby this way
Faculty Club B this way
For the Stomp Out Stigma Walk: The Esplanade is located on the roof of the conference center. To access the Esplanade, use the stairs along the South Gallery hallway. To access the Esplanade via elevator, go to the front desk of the hotel to ask for assistance. For the Sunday keynote featuring Meg Hutchinson: Please note that Gaston Hall is not located in the conference center. Please use the campus map provided with your conference folders to access the best path to Gaston Hall. Many thanks to our campus hosts: The Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center and the Georgetown University community
WELCOME FROM OUR FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Dear Chapter Leaders and Members, Advisors, Supporters, and Friends of Active Minds, Welcome to Active Minds’ 10th National Mental Health on Campus Conference! The Active Minds conference is the leading national gathering addressing college student mental health, and serves to educate, energize, and inspire the next generation. This year's event - hosted at the historic Georgetown University in Washington, DC – is bringing together hundreds of students, faculty, staff, administrators, experts and supporters to network, learn from each other, and share resources and ideas for future campus advocacy. 2013 marks Active Minds’ 10th Anniversary Year, and what a decade it has been! We have built a movement, established a presence, and saved lives. At the age of 21, I established Active Minds to bring the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders into the forefront of a national conversation. In the last ten years it has gone from a small group of students in my dorm room to a network of more than 400 student-led chapters in 48 states, Canada and Australia and a dozen nationally acclaimed programs! Our comprehensive programming is built on the latest research on mental health and has reached more than 5.5 million people with messages of hope and help. Mental health is an ever-present issue and one that is too often forgotten about. But through your dedication and energetic advocacy over the past ten years, I have witnessed my vision expand into a means of support and recovery for so many students who otherwise would have struggled in silence. To honor this journey, this year’s Conference theme is “10 Years of Conversation” and I look forward to many more years and many more conversations to come. Honored and humbled that you are helping to make my dream a reality,
Alison K. Malmon
Welcome to the Active Minds 10th National Mental Health on Campus Conference Thank you for joining us at the Active Minds National Mental Health on Campus Conference. We look forward to a rich and energizing two and a half days with you. This program is your roadmap to conference and has all of the information you need while you are here.
Stomp Out Stigma Walk: Don’t miss our inaugural Stomp Out Stigma walk to raise critical funds for mental health and our important work. Together, we’ll take steps to break the silence around mental illness and remember those lost to suicide.
Exhibit Hall: You’ll find FREE educational materials from Active Minds and a variety of mental health organizations, including Make the Connection (Dept. of Veterans Affairs), the Veterans Crisis Line (Dept. of Veterans Affairs) and the DC Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Great resources for your programming on campus!
Active Minds Store: Skip the shipping and handling and get your Active Minds gear. Active Minds sweatshirts, mugs, t-shirts, books and more will be available for purchase all weekend.
Creative Programming Expo: This conference favorite features best practices and innovative programming from campuses across the country. You’ll learn all about successful programming and outreach from your peers and fellow advocates.
Contact Information for the host campus - Georgetown University If you are in need of assistance or find yourself in distress, please do not hesitate to seek help.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-TALK (8255) Georgetown University Department of Public Safety: 911 (202-687-4343, non-emergency) Georgetown Counseling and Psychological Services: 202-687-6985 (use 202-444-7243 for after-hours emergencies) Georgetown University Health Services: 202-687-2200; select “option 1”
If you have questions related to conference or you are unsure of where to be, visit the Registration area in the West Lobby (just outside of the doors for Salon B).
On-Campus Parking 24 Hour guest parking with in and out privileges is available at the conference center for a $25 fee (including tax).
Make the most out of your conference experience! Choose your workshops ahead of time. Look over the agenda as soon as possible and try to identify the workshops that you’d like to attend. Some workshops may fill up quickly, so choose a “Plan B” just in case. If you came with a group of fellow chapter members, we encourage you to split up and attend different sessions to maximize the amount of information you can gather.
Your evaluations are extremely important. Please be sure to complete them. You can provide individual session feedback using evaluations handed out on-site. We will be sending out the overall conference evaluation via SurveyMonkey the week following conference. We read all evaluations, so please include anything you think would be helpful for the national office to know.
Be a good audience member. Presenting a workshop at conference is not as easy as it seems. It takes a lot of hard work to develop the content, and your peers and other presenters were selected to present based on the proposal they submitted. Please be respectful. Turn off your cell phones. Do your best to be involved in discussions and ask questions.
Be sure to network with chapters from campuses like yours. This is the one time each year that students from chapters all over the continent come together to learn, share ideas and network with peers. Every chapter has a different experience and may have some wisdom to share based on lessons learned.
Wear your nametags. This is your ticket to all sponsored meals, educational sessions, and associated conference events. Be sure to wear it at all times, especially at the post-walk celebration and awards dinner.
Say cheese! There will be a photographer taking photos and video (both candid and posed) throughout conference that may be used in promotional materials for the Mental Health on Campus Conference and/or Active Minds, Inc. IF YOU DO NOT WANT YOUR LIKENESS USED IN PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS FOR ACTIVE MINDS, PLEASE ALERT STAFF AT THE CONFERENCE REGISTRATION COUNTER.
Don’t miss the Send Silence Packing backpacks! Keep an eye out for select bags from Active Minds Send Silence Packing exhibit throughout conference. The personal stories on the backpacks drive the work that we do. If you have someone you’d like to honor by including their name or story on a Send Silence Packing backpack, pick up a form in the Exhibit Hall or visit www.activeminds.org/shareyourstory. Please note that if you requested a vegetarian, vegan or special medical meal through your online registration, you will be issued a sticker on your nametag. Please be sure to show this sticker to service staff to guarantee that you receive your meal. Unfortunately, if you not indicate special dietary needs during your registration we cannot accommodate your request.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013 | Schedule At-A-Glance 9:30am-6:00pm West Lobby
Registration, Store and Exhibit Hall Open
9:30am-4:00pm South Gallery
Stomp Out Stigma Walk Check-In and Registration
10:00am-2:00pm Salons A/B
Advisor Track (lunch is provided)
10:00am-10:45am Introduction to Advisor Track 10:45am-12:00pm Advisor Roundtable Discussion 12:00pm-12:45pm Lunch: Networking and Meet-and-Greet 12:45pm-2:00pm Marketing Mental Health Kate Maloney, Wellness Communications Coordinator, Campus Rec Services at University of Maryland at College Park 10:00am-2:30pm
Pre-Conference Leadership Institute (lunch is provided)
**You must have pre-registered for a specific session in order to attend the Pre-Conference Leadership Institute.**
Salons D/E Social Justice A: Building Solidarity for a Greater Community Social Justice B: Being an Agent of Social Change Heather M. Wilhelm, Executive Director of InciteChange! Consulting robbie routenberg, Social Justice Educator Salon F Leadership Basics Maggie Bertram, MA, Senior Program Manager for Student-Led Initiatives, Active Minds, Inc. Justin Massey, Intern at Active Minds, Inc. Salon C Leadership through Effective Communications Strategies Sheila Krishnan, MPH, Campus Prevention Specialist, Suicide Prevention Resource Center Smita Varia, MA, Prevention Specialist, Suicide Prevention Resource Center 10:00am-3:00pm Executive Board Room
Meeting of the Active Minds, Inc. Board of Directors (closed)
12:30pm-2:30pm Salon H
The Story Within: Presentations by the Active Minds Speakers Bureau
12:30pm Bryan Adams 1:30pm Jordan Burnham 4:15pm-4:30pm Esplanade
National Conference Welcome and Walk Kick-Off
Stomp Out Stigma Walk and Celebration
4:00pm-6:00pm th Faculty Club B/Terrace Active Minds National Conference 10 Anniversary Event (by invitation only) 6:00pm-9:00pm Grand Ballroom
10th Anniversary Celebration Awards Dinner and Keynote
Welcome and Active Minds, Inc. Staff and Board of Directors Presentation of Awards Keynote Presentation
Pamela S. Hyde, JD
Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013 | Session Descriptions Pre-Conference Leadership Institute 10:00am-2:30pm Social Justice A: Building Solidarity for a Greater Community (Salons D/E) Creating a safe space for discussions of mental health is an important step in building an inclusive campus community, but ‘safe spaces’ may look different for each of us. In this workshop we’ll explore how social identities such as race, class, and gender affect our understandings of, and responses to, mental health and wellness. Meeting the needs of a diverse campus means recognizing how identities influence our relationship with such issues. Building solidarity on campus can create lasting change, but only if we work together with others to make it happen! Social Justice B: Being an Agent of Social Change (Salons D/E) Have you ever experienced resistance when challenging notions of mental health on your campus? Confronting social norms about mental illness can be difficult, especially when it’s a topic you care so passionately about! In this workshop you’ll learn skills and strategies you can put to use to be an agent for social change by engaging others in this important discussion using methods that encourage others to act. Leadership Basics (Salon F) This leadership institute track is intended for new leaders only. If you have already attended a basic leadership session through the Active Minds Leadership Institute, please consider one of the other sessions. During this session, participants will be introduced to their leadership style via the “True Colors” model and how it impacts their desire and ability to work with others, particularly within the framework of an Active Minds chapter. The session includes some content delivery, but focuses more prominently on media, discussion, and simulation of common challenges faced by chapter leaders. Leadership through Effective Communications Strategies (Salon C) Campuses convey messages about mental health and suicide in a variety of ways: from program websites, posters, social media posts, to events, and each contribute to how suicide and mental health are perceived by a campus community. This interactive workshop will outline a strategic process for developing effective communications around mental health and suicide and discuss how campuses can frame their messages in ways that promote hope, recovery and resilience. Participants will have the opportunity to critically analyze current campaigns and media coverage and identify common pitfalls. The importance of moving intended audiences from awareness to action will be emphasized. Handouts will include worksheets and planning tools that participants can use on their own campuses. Advisor Track | 10:00am-2:00pm | Salons A/B 10:00am-10:45am - Introduction to Advisor Track Welcome to Advisor Track, layout of the day and updates from the Active Minds National Office 10:45am-12:00pm - Advisor Roundtable Discussion Breakout groups to discuss top-of-mind issues for Advisors in the Active Minds Network 12:00pm-12:45pm - Lunch: Networking and Meet-and-Greet 12:45pm-2:00pm - Marketing Mental Health The Story Within: Presentations by the Active Minds Speakers Bureau | 12:30pm-2:30pm | Salon H In this conference series, members of the Active Minds Speakers Bureau will bravely share excerpts of their personal stories. Get a taste of the bureau's poignant presentations and charismatic storytelling, which will entertain, educate, and inspire you. 12:30pm - Bryan Adams A passionate veteran’s advocate, Bryan talks about living with the PTSD he experiences as a returning soldier and the importance of stigma reduction and reaching out. 1:30pm - Jordan Burnham Jordan was like any other high school student until he found himself struggling. Listen as Jordan shares his incredible story of survival, physical and mental health recovery, and the value of seeking help. Stomp Out Stigma Walk and Celebration | 4:15pm-5:45pm
Active Minds chapter members and supporters from across the country will walk to break the silence around mental illness and remember those lost to suicide. Every step you take will help bring mental health out of the shadows. You’ll share stories and make memories with other walkers, including hundreds of Active Minds students and advocates!
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2013 | Schedule At-A-Glance 8:00am-5:30pm West Lobby
Registration, Store and Exhibit Hall Open
Continental Breakfast (available in Salons G/H)
8:00am-9:00am South Gallery
Creative Programming Expo set-up
9:00am-9:30am Salons G/H
Announcement from Executive Director & Student Advisory Committee
Fundraising Breakout Sessions
9:30am-11:00am Breakouts Sessions 11:15am-12:00pm “Meet the Experts” Panel led by Active Minds’ top student fundraisers
Lunch (available in Salons G/H)
*Lunch is considered free time and runs concurrently with the Creative Programming Expo. Please feel free to get your lunch and walk around the Expo during this time. 12:15pm-2:15pm South Gallery
Creative Programming Expo
2:30pm-3:30pm Salons G/H
Afternoon Keynote: Stacy Pershall
Concurrent Workshops (Block 1)
The Expo will allow attendees to engage and network with those taking action on campus and learn about successful programming and innovative outreach from over 30 chapters. Resources and opportunities from Active Minds, Inc. will be showcased as well. Stacy Pershall is an accomplished author who lives with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and struggled with eating disorders for 20 years. Since discovering dialectical behavior therapy and body modification, Stacy has been an outspoken mental health advocate and member of the Active Minds Speakers Bureau, who is committed to showing audiences that people with BPD can recover and body modification can be a healing agent.
Salon E The Research Side of Campus Mental Health: How AM chapters can effectively use and conduct research Sarah Lipson, Assistant Director, Healthy Minds Network
Salon D Roundtable: Member Recruitment and Retention
Robyn Suchy, Active Minds at Cabrini College & SAC President Emily Sweeney, Cornell Minds Matter Matt Mustard, Senior Development Manager, Active Minds, Inc.
Salons A/B The Story Within: Presentation by the Active Minds Speakers Bureau - J. Daneé Sergeant Salon F Active Minds National Programs: An Introduction
Maggie Bertram, Senior Program Manager for Student-Led Initiatives, Active Minds, Inc. Candace Daniels, Senior Program Manager for National Initiatives, Active Minds, Inc.
Salon C Step It Up: Taking Your Programming to the Next Level
Ashli Haggard, Active Minds at University of Maryland at College Park William Butler, Active Minds at University of Central Florida Sara Abelson, Senior Director of Programs, Active Minds, Inc.
Concurrent Workshops (Block 2)
Salon E The Research Side of Campus Mental Health: How AM chapters can effectively use and conduct research Sarah Lipson, Assistant Director, Healthy Minds Network
Salon D Roundtable: Programming for Diverse Audiences
Chevelle Moss-Savage, Active Minds at Virginia State University Jeevitha Kempegowda, Active Minds at Wright State University Candace Daniels, Senior Program Manager, Active Minds, Inc.
Salons A/B The Story Within: Presentation by the Active Minds Speakers Bureau - Maggie Bertram Conference Rms 5/6 See and Be Seen: Chapter Promotion and Collaboration
Megan Hartz, Active Minds at Drexel University Manmeet K. Singh, Active Minds at California State University at Sacramento
Salon H Changing Conversations and Communities
Alexandra Cacciola, Active Minds at Messiah College Emily Bastarache & Angelica Cullo, Cornell Minds Matter Sara Abelson, Senior Director of Programs, Active Minds, Inc.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2013 | Session Descriptions Fundraising Breakout Sessions | 9:30am-12:00pm 9:30am-11:00am - Breakout Sessions This session will give you an overview of what fundraising means for your chapter, provide you with tools for achieving success and brainstorm ideas for programs and events. You will be the first students in our network to hear this information and we're excited to begin the planning process with you. 11:15am-12:00pm - “Meet the Experts” Panel Hear directly from your peers what fundraising can look like and learn actionable next steps how to find success with fundraising on your own campus. Our speakers will join us from Franklin & Marshall, Pennsylvania State and the University of Pittsburgh. Concurrent Workshops #1 | 3:45pm-4:45pm The Research Side of Campus Mental Health: How AM chapters can effectively use and conduct research (Salon E) This session will focus on the research side of college student mental health. Research is relevant to your work as Active Minds student leaders for two main reasons. First, basic research findings can strengthen the case for campus-wide programming and outreach. Second, you can improve the evidence-base for campus mental health research by conducting program evaluations of your chapter events. We’ll discuss some basic program evaluation ideas and you’ll be given some helpful take-home resources. Roundtable: Member Recruitment and Retention (Salon D; overflow in Conference Room 4) What makes a first year student pick your chapter over all the other clubs to join? How can you get upperclassmen with influence interested in what you do? And what will keep them coming back week after week? This discussion is an exploration of member recruitment and retention with an emphasis on sharing strategies that work. No matter what kind of school you come from, everyone will walk away with tips for enhancing their on-campus presence. The Story Within: Presentation by the Active Minds Speakers Bureau - J. Daneé Sergeant (Salons A/B) In this conference series, members of the Active Minds Speakers Bureau will bravely share excerpts of their personal stories. Get a taste of the bureau's poignant presentations and charismatic storytelling, which will entertain, educate, and inspire you. Daneé is a survivor of trauma, homelessness, and polysubstance abuse disorder, who lives with bipolar disorder. Through her powerful story, Daneé will speak about importance of empowering others to embrace who they are, and seek the help they need to survive and thrive. Active Minds National Programs: An Introduction (Salon F) Is your chapter new to the Active Minds family? Are you trying to figure out how to prioritize all of the programming options available to you? This session will provide an overview of all Active Minds National Programs and what it takes to run them on your campus. Step It Up: Taking Your Programming to the Next Level (Salon C) Want to do more with Stress Less Week? Want to put an exclamation point on PostSecretU? Join our presenters as they discuss how chapters can take the programs provided by the national office and move them to the next level. Concurrent Workshops #2 | 5:00pm-6:00pm The Research Side of Campus Mental Health: How AM chapters can effectively use and conduct research (Salon E) This session will focus on the research side of college student mental health. Research is relevant to your work as Active Minds student leaders for two main reasons. First, basic research findings can strengthen the case for campus-wide programming and outreach. Second, you can improve the evidence-base for campus mental health research by conducting program evaluations of your chapter events. We’ll discuss some basic program evaluation ideas and you’ll be given some helpful take-home resources. Roundtable: Programming for Diverse Audiences (Salon D; overflow in Conference Room 4) There are far more similarities than differences between us. Unfortunately, the differences often keep folks from getting involved, especially with mental health advocacy. This discussion will focus on how to invite all students into your chapter and programs and create a safe and inclusive environment. The Story Within: Presentation by the Active Minds Speakers Bureau - Maggie Bertram (Salons A/B) In this conference series, members of the Active Minds Speakers Bureau will bravely share excerpts of their personal stories. Get a taste of the bureau's poignant presentations and charismatic storytelling, which will entertain, educate, and inspire you. Maggie is an eating disorder survivor who lives with anxiety and depression. Through her relatable journey, she addresses the important role loved ones can play in supporting those who are struggling. See and Be Seen: Chapter Promotion and Collaboration (Conference Rooms 5/6) What does chapter promotion have to do with collaboration? Everything. Join our presenters in a workshop devoted to employing existing organizations and structures to get your chapter’s name out there and expand mental health awareness to your entire community. Changing Conversations and Communities (Salon H) Although it is the Active Minds tagline, we sometimes forget what it really means to significantly change the conversation about mental health across campus. In this session, you will hear from two chapters that have created, expanded, and dramatically changed the way people all over their campuses talk about and relate to mental health. If you are ready to walk away with the tools necessary to change a culture, this is the session for you!
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2013 | Schedule At-A-Glance 8:00am-12:00pm West Lobby
Registration, Store and Exhibit Hall Open
Continental Breakfast (available in Salons G/H)
Sunday Workshops: “Discovering Yourself, Helping Others” 9:00am-9:30am Introduction Salons G/H Alison Malmon, Founder and Executive Director of Active Minds, Inc. 9:30am-11:00am Concurrent Workshops Salon A Advocacy as a Tool for Change Elliot J. Kennedy, Esq., Government Affairs Counsel for The Trevor Project Salon C Writing as a Process of Discovery Katherine Sharpe, author and writing instructor at UC Berkeley Salon D I am Here: Exploring Our Humanity through Stories Brandon Doman, Founder & Director of The Stranger’s Project Salon F The Story Within: Presentations by the Active Minds Speakers Bureau Juliana Kerrest & Dave Romano
11:30am-12:30pm Gaston Hall (separate location)
Closing Keynote: Meg Hutchinson (singer/songwriter)
12:30pm-12:45pm Gaston Hall (separate location)
Meg Hutchinson is an award-winning songwriter, poet and recording artist on Red House Records and tours widely in North America and Europe. As a result of her personal experiences living with Bipolar Disorder she has become a leading mental health advocate and speaks about recovery at conferences, schools and teaching hospitals around the country.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2013 | Session Descriptions Concurrent Workshops | 9:45am-11:00am Advocacy as a Tool for Change (Salon A) Join Elliot Kennedy, Government Affairs Counsel for the Trevor Project, for this advocacy-oriented session focused on making college campuses more inclusive from a mental health and LGBTQ perspective. Discuss the importance of campus policy advocacy and key areas for change. Leave with specific strategies to be successful in whatever policy change you pursue on your campus. Writing as a Process of Discovery (Salon C) “I write to find out what I think,” wrote Joan Didion. Join Katherine Sharpe, author of the memoir Coming of Age on Zoloft, which explores her own and others’ experiences with depression and medication in college and beyond, for a workshop about using writing as a tool for self-discovery. Participants will be guided through a series of writing prompts designed to spur reflection about our mental health experiences and our connections to the larger mental health conversation. You will come away with a fresh perspective on your story and your own beliefs, and with inspiration for using writing to seek personal focus and relate to others. Participants should come ready to write and to share their work in small groups. I am Here: Exploring Our Humanity through Stories (Salon D) Have you ever seen a stranger and wondered—"what's their story?" That's the idea that started The Strangers Project. With just a sign inviting strangers to stop and write something about their life, Brandon Doman has collected over 7000 anonymous stories from strangers around the world. This experiment in spontaneous intimacy became a way to explore both our own lives as well as the people we share our space with every day. In this session, participants will have a chance to read stories, explore and discuss the power of stories for the both the teller and the listener, and anonymously share their own stories with the collection. The Story Within: Presentations by the Active Minds Speakers Bureau - Juliana Kerrest and Dave Romano (Salon F) In this conference series, members of the Active Minds Speakers Bureau will bravely share excerpts of their personal stories. Get a taste of the bureau's poignant presentations and charismatic storytelling, which will entertain, educate, and inspire you. 9:45am-10:25am - Juliana Kerrest Juliana will share her story and struggle living with bipolar disorder. Her courageous journey will help audiences better understand what it means to live with this diagnosis in college. 10:25am-11:00am - Dave Romano Dave is a proud Minnesotan who delivers insightful commentary on masculinity, men and mental health as he shares his experiences with depression, self-injury and thoughts of suicide.
GUEST PRESENTERS AND KEYNOTE SPEAKERS FRIDAY - Pamela S. Hyde, JD | Administrator, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration As SAMHSA's Administrator, Ms. Hyde has more than 35 years of experience in management and consulting for public health care and human services agencies. Pamela Hyde was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in November 2009 as Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. Ms. Hyde has served as a state mental health director, state human services director, city housing and human services director, as well as CEO of a private non-profit managed behavioral healthcare firm. In 2003 she was appointed cabinet secretary of the New Mexico Human Services Department by Gov. Bill Richardson, where she worked effectively to provide greater access to quality health services for everyone. Ms. Hyde is a member of or has served as a consultant to many national organizations, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the American College of Mental Health Administration, the President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health and the United States Department of Justice. She has been recognized by many groups, including the American Medical Association, the National Governor’s Association and the Seattle Management Association, for her creativity and leadership in policy and program development and in organizational management issues. She has received special acknowledgment for her ability to build teams, develop coalitions and consensus, develop strategic plans that form the basis for action and achieve identified goals in a constantly changing environment.
Sheila Krishnan, MPH Sheila is a Campus Prevention Specialist with the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. In this role, she provides training and technical assistance to Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grantees, assisting these campuses with the planning, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive suicide prevention programs. She has her Masters of Public Health degree in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan and prior experience working in student health services and clinical research.
Smita Varia, MA Smita is a Prevention Specialist with the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. She assists states and campuses with their suicide prevention initiatives, ranging from strategic planning to identifying tools, resources, trainings and best practices that can help communities achieve their objectives. She has over 15 years of experience working in violence prevention with expertise in suicide prevention and in bullying and interpersonal violence. She has her Masters of Arts degree in Women's Studies with a concentration in Counseling and Psychology from the George Washington University.
robbie routenberg robbie is a social justice educator with a strong commitment to social change. Having served in a variety of roles at the University of Michigan as a Program Manager for the Program on Intergroup Relations, as an instructor for the Center for Global and Intercultural Studies and currently as the Associate Director for the Global Scholars Program, robbie works to integrate concepts of social justice and interculturalism in campus programming. Additionally, robbie travels to schools and organizations across the country meeting with student leaders and staff to help them think critically about how to make our campus communities safer, more inclusive places for all. robbie is looking forward to working with Active Minds to empower students to work toward social justice and thanks the group for being invited to join in on the conversation.
Heather M. Wilhelm Heather is the Executive Director of InciteChange! Consulting, working with colleges and universities on matters of cross -cultural communication, community-based learning, workshop design and facilitation and training students to be social justice peer educators. She received her Masters of Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Connecticut in 2010, and dual Bachelor’s degrees in English and Sociology from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 2005. Off campus, Heather works in animal rescue and welfare initiatives, sharing her home with two dogs and a human. Having experienced mental health struggles as a student, she is especially grateful to be working with Active Minds activists who work to undo stigma on their campuses every day.
GUEST PRESENTERS AND KEYNOTE SPEAKERS SATURDAY - Stacy Pershall | Author and Active Minds Speaker Stacy Pershall is an accomplished author who lives with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and struggled with eating disorders for 20 years. Since discovering dialectical behavior therapy and body modification, Stacy has been an outspoken mental health advocate and member of the Active Minds Speakers Bureau, who is committed to showing audiences that people with BPD can recover and body modification can be a healing agent. Stacy is the author of Loud in the House of Myself (W.W. Norton, 2011) and is currently working on her second book. She also teaches creative writing at Gotham Writers’ Workshop (New York City) and Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (online). Stacy is a belly dancer, cat lady, and fierce knitter and crocheter.
Sarah Ketchen Lipson, MEd Sarah is a joint degree doctoral student at University of Michigan, studying health management and policy at the School of Public Health and higher education at the School of Education. She is also Assistant Director of The Healthy Minds Network and co-Principal Investigator of The Healthy Bodies Study, a comprehensive survey of eating and body image issues among college and university student populations. Her research interests center around the mental health of adolescents and young adults, primarily among college student populations. Sarah is particularly interested in epidemiological research and interventions to address eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and help-seeking. In 2012, Sarah was an Active Minds Emerging Scholar.
SUNDAY - Meg Hutchinson | Singer/Songwriter Meg Hutchinson is an award-winning songwriter, poet and recording artist on Red House Records and tours widely in North America and Europe. As a result of her personal experiences living with Bipolar Disorder she has become a leading mental health advocate and speaks about recovery at conferences, schools and teaching hospitals around the country. She has studied meditation at the Sakya Institute in Cambridge, MA with Harvard Buddhist Chaplain Lama Migmar since 2009. In 2012 she completed her 200 hour Pranavayu yoga teacher training with founder David Magone. Born and raised in the Berkshires she currently lives in Boston.
Katherine Sharpe, MA Katherine was born and raised in Arlington, Virginia, and attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, from which she graduated with a degree in English, Phi Beta Kappa, in 2001. She then earned a master’s degree in English from Cornell University, and worked for seven years in magazine publishing in New York City. In 2012 she published her first book, Coming of Age on Zoloft (Harper Perennial), an exploration of what it means to grow up in the age of psychopharmaceutical drugs. She has taught literature, composition, and creative writing at Cornell, LIM College in Manhattan, and, currently, U.C. Berkeley Extension. Katherine also served as a Program Mentor for the 2013 cycle of the Emerging Scholars Fellowship.
Brandon Doman Brandon is the Founder and Director of The Stranger’s Project - a collection of anonymous stories written as “journal entries” on the spot by passing strangers. This project came to light in June 2009 when he was sitting on a sunny sidewalk in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and wondered about the lives of the people passing by. He decided to capture a glimpse of these stories of the strangers by asking them to write a journal entry in his notebook. What started as a small experiment led to a collection of over 7000 anonymous journal entries - and this eventually led him to Active Minds and Send Silence Packing. This fall, Brandon concluded his sixth campus tour as a Road Trip Staffer for Send Silence Packing.
Elliot J. Kennedy, Esq. Elliot is Government Affairs Counsel at The Trevor Project, where he advocates for laws and regulations that support LGBTQ youth and young adult mental health. Among other areas, his work focuses on access to mental health services, safe and supportive educational environments, and ending youth homelessness. Elliot is also involved in local DC advocacy, where he is a founding member of Trans Legal Advocates of Washington, an organization that aims to serve the legal needs of transgender people in the DC Metro Area. Elliot graduated from American University Washington College of Law after attending the University of Vermont. He is originally from Warren, Vermont.
2012-2013 ACTIVE MINDS AWARDS
Recognizing Chapters, Students, Advisors and Alumni for their outstanding efforts during the 2012-2013 school year. These awards will be presented at the 10th Anniversary Celebration Awards Dinner and Keynote on Friday, November 15.
Chapter of the Year This award recognizes a five-star chapter that sets itself apart by being an invaluable asset to its campus. The Active Minds Chapter of the Year has an effective executive board and passionate chapter members, hosts innovative events that reach a large portion of their school, and has gone above and beyond to change the conversation about mental health on their campus.
Chapter Innovation This award recognizes a chapter that has demonstrated particular creativity and innovation in effective programming, successfully organizing and implementing a program or programs that go above and beyond typical Active Minds activities.
Fundraising for Change This award is for excellence in fundraising for Active Minds on the national level. This chapter excelled in fundraising and raised the most money of our student network, increasing our impact and extending our reach.
Margaret Clark Morgan Transformational Change Award This award recognizes a chapter that has achieved lasting change at their institution through effective advocacy for campus-wide policies, structures, systems or practices that improve, protect, and prioritize student mental health.
Money with a Mission This award is for raising funds and awareness hand in hand. This chapter has masterfully paired programming with fundraising to connect many new people to the work of Active Minds.
Road Runner This award recognizes a chapter that was founded within the past year and is off to a fast start when it comes to programming, general body meetings and awareness efforts on campus. The Road Runner chapter has made significant strides in its first year to organize programs, build relationships, and make a name for Active Minds on its campus.
Uniting Voices This award recognizes a chapter that has succeeded in building coalitions of individuals, organizations and other campus entities to advance the mission of Active Minds. The Uniting Voices chapter has developed effective relationships with their campus counseling center, faculty or administration; worked with student groups across campus to enhance programming; partnered with individuals or organizations in the community; and networked effectively with other Active Minds chapters in their region.
Katherine P. Dahl Student Leader of the Year This award recognizes a student who has made significant contributions of personal time and talent to the Active Minds cause on his or her campus. The Katharine P. Dahl Student of the Year recipient has led by example, set a standard of excellence, displayed leadership, facilitated change in the campus climate surrounding mental health, built collaborations, involved others in advocacy efforts, and has built trust with members of his or her campus community as a person dedicated to changing the conversation about mental health on his or her campus.
Robert Garret Advisor of the Year This award recognizes an advisor of an Active Minds chapter who provides clarity, support, and meticulous counsel to a chapter in a respectful and unassuming manner. The Robert Garrett Advisor of the Year recipient has demonstrated a desire and dedication that goes well beyond the basics and has empowered his or her Active Minds chapter to successfully use its voice to change the conversation about mental health on its campus.
Distinguished Alumni Award The Distinguished Alumni Award is given to a former member of an Active Minds chapter for outstanding achievement or service to his or her community, Active Minds, Inc. and/or the field of mental health advocacy by raising awareness and removing stigma around mental illness and mental health. The recipient embodies the mission and values of Active Minds and demonstrates clear efforts to keep mental health education and advocacy a priority in his or her life.
WHO’S WHO AT ACTIVE MINDS, INC. Active Minds, Inc. Staff & Interns
Alison Malmon, Founder and Executive Director Sara Abelson, MPH, Senior Director of Programs Tonya Augustine, Director of Development Maggie Bertram, MA, Senior Program Manager for Student-Led Initiatives Candace Daniels, Senior Program Manager for National Initiatives Dianna Dauber, MA, Director of Communications and Marketing Caroline Donaldson, Donor Database Coordinator and Office Manager
Nupur Kanodia, MPH, MSW, Senior Program Manager, Speakers
Bureau Matt Mustard, Senior Development Manager Amanda Uhme, Chapter Coordinator Courtney Guth, Communications Intern Sophie Heller, Chapters Intern Justin Massey, Programs Intern Megan Schreier, Chapters Intern Danielle Wagner, Development Intern
Board of Directors Ken Brody (Chairman) - Co-Founder, Taconic Capital Advisors, Inc. Kelly Cox (Vice Chairwoman) - Vice President, Edelman Steven A. Lerman (Development Committee Chairman) - Managing Member, Lerman Senter PLLC
Rick Mosenkis (Treasurer/Secretary) - President and CEO,
WorkZone, LLC Bob Boorstin - Director of Corporate and Policy Communications, Google, Inc. John A. Cutler - Senior Advisor, Chevy Chase Trust Bob Davison - Executive Director, Mental Health Association of Essex County, Inc.
Gail Kamer Lieberfarb - Former Board Chairperson and Executive Director, National Mental Health Awareness Campaign
Alison K. Malmon - Founder and Executive Director, Active Minds, Inc. Vanessa L. Melendez - Senior Investment Officer, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Robert A. Peck - Director of Consulting, Gensler Ilene Rosenstein, Ph.D. - Director, Counseling and Psychological Services, University of Southern California
Jeremy Shure - Co-Founder, Emerging Companies Practice, Akerman Senterfitt
Robyn Suchy - President, Active Minds Student Advisory Committee
National Advisory Committee Bernard S. Arons, MD - Director of Medical Affairs at Saint Elizabeth's
Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD - Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns
Dan Jones, PhD- President, Association of University and College
Hospital John V. Campo, MD - Chair, Department of Psychiatry at The Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center Patrick W. Corrigan, PsyD - Professor of Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology and Principal Investigator of the Chicago Consortium for Stigma Research Gregory Eells, PhD - Director, Counseling and Psychological Services, Cornell University Daniel Eisenberg, PhD - Assistant Professor, University of Michigan School of Public Health; Principal Investigator, Healthy Minds Study Laurie Flynn - Director of External Relations, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center Stephen P. Hinshaw, PhD - Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, UC Berkeley William H. Isler - Executive Director, Fred M. Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media at St. Vincent College
Hopkins University School of Medicine and author
Counseling Directors (AUCCCD); Director, Counseling and Psychological Services, Appalachian State University Richard Kadison, MD - Former Chief, Mental Health Service, Harvard University Health Services Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy - Former Member of Congress, First District of Rhode Island; Founder, One Mind for Brain Research Alan Leshner, PhD - CEO, American Association for the Advancement of Science John Morahan BA, MPA, MHA - President/CEO St. Joseph Regional Health Network Daniel S. Pine, MD - Chief of Child and Adolescent Research, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program, National Institute of Mental Health Sally Pingree - Trustee, Charles Engelhard Foundation
Student Advisory Committee Robyn Suchy, President - Cabrini College (Wayne, PA) A.T. Helix, Vice President - University of Alabama at Birmingham
(Birmingham, AL) Russel Houser, Secretary - Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago, IL) Rakhi Agrawal, Treasurer - Colombia University (New York, NY) Curie Ahn - California Institute of Technology (Pasadena, CA) Chris Davey - Stevenson University (Stevenson, MD) Emily Harris - Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY)
Kevin Manz - Ramapo College of New Jersey (Mahwah, NJ) Lauren Lawler - University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Knoxville, TN) Sarah Spitz - Emory University (Atlanta, GA) Nicole Stearman - Eastern Washington University (Cheney, WA) Emad Taliep - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (Cambridge, MA) Nicole Teitelbaum - Smith College (Northampton, MA) TK Truong - University of California at Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
Active Minds Speakers Bureau Bryan Adams Anna Arroyo Maggie Bertram
Jordan Burnham Colleen Coffey Juliana Kerrest
Cameron Mack Alison Malmon Janelle Montaño
Stacy Pershall Dave Romano J. Daneé Sergeant
2001 S St NW, Suite 450 Washington, DC 20009 (202) 332-9595 www.activeminds.org email@example.com
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