African American Alumni Committee 2024 Symposium Highlights

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The African American Alumni Committee commemorated a longstanding tradition of celebrating Black History Month with the 2024 Symposium dedicated to exploring vital issues facing our community. 

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, Black men have faced unique challenges when accessing mental health and wellness services. In response, this year's AAAC Symposium addressed specific barriers and stigmas Black men encounter and how they can find safe spaces for discussions and engage with providers.

This symposium explored the following five key topics through engaging discussions and workshops: 

•    Deconstructing Stigmas
•    The Intersectionality of Identity
•    Cultural Competence in Mental Health Care and Wellness
•    Creative and Innovative Approaches to Access and Engagement
•    Advocacy, Policy, and Community Resources


The 2024 AAAC Symposium Keynote address
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Courtney B. Vance
2024 Pastora San Juan Cafferty Speaker

The opening address at this year's symposium was a moderated discussion facilitated by Janelle R. Goodwill, PhD, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor, with acclaimed actor Courtney B. Vance as he unpacked the impact of his new memoir The Invisible Ache, written with co-author Dr. Robin L. Smith.


Symposium Panelist and Facilitators
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Experts of distinction were poised to deliver high impact workshops and panel discussions throughout the symposium. 

Reflect on the Keynote Address

Watch the 2024 Pastora San Juan Cafferty Keynote Address with Courtney B. Vance

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