Welcome to the July edition of the STAR Center Newsletter!
The STAR Center was in the US Virgin Islands this month! The process of building a community level focus on mental health through the collective voices of lived experience leaders is underway. This month we met with the Disability Rights Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Council and community leaders in St. Croix, recorded a radio program and convened an evening public community meeting on St. Thomas.
Pictured below from left to right are: Archie Jennings, Malik Stridirow, Amelia Headley LaMont, Sherilyn Pogson, Vincent Francis, Patricia Steele, Iris Bermudez, Wendy Wong, Rachel Pakenham, Chacku Mathai
Pictured with Sherilyn Pogson and Archie Jennings is Carnell Troutman
Pictured with Chacku Mathai are Dale Garee and Ryan Simeina
Our visit and related meetings also received positive attention in the media via interviews with reporters from the Source, a paper in the Virgin Islands. I was especially grateful for the opportunity to meet with peer leaders who are interested in building a peer support network in the US Virgin Islands with hopes of empowering a strong lived experience leadership network.
Equity and Inclusion in Leadership: A National Networking Call for People of Color
This month the STAR Center launches our bi-monthly national networking call for people of color who are interested in increasing the number of people in organizational leadership roles who are African-American, Native American/American Indian/Alaskan Native, Latino/Hispanic or Asian/Pacific Islanders. Despite our growing numbers and all the available resources focused on racial equity, the level of participation by people of color in policy related and non-profit organizational roles remains devastatingly low. Our hope is that this opportunity for people of color to network and support each other’s leadership efforts across the country and in our target states/regions will make a measurable and remarkable difference towards eliminating the disparities we currently experience across the country.
Register now for the Equity and Inclusion in Leadership Networking Calls for People of Color!
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