Here are some of the ways that the School of Graduate Psychology's Sabiduría students have been supporting the mental health of the Latinx community in Oregon affected by COVID and the recent sociopolitical climate and our plans for continuing this work.
In partnership with Pacific University, Providence Promotores are holding Facebook live events to help support the Latinx community. The live events focus on mental health and well being and include topics such as stress management, depression and suicide prevention.
Pacific University Professor Ruth Zúñiga, the director of Pacific’s Sabiduría: Latina/o Psychology Emphasis, was awarded a pair of grants to support the outreach work she and her students conduct in the LatinX community.
Students from the School of Graduate Psychology's Sabiduría Latina/o Psychology Emphasis released issue one of the Sabiduría Newsletter, Saber Es Poder (Knowledge is Power). The inspiration for this newsletter stems from the social justice movements happening across the country. As Sabiduría students we make outreach a pillar of our training, and we recognize that we do not always do a great job of including other students and faculty members in our efforts. The purpose of this newsletter is to increase communication, continue the conversation for racial equality, showcase Sabiduría’s community work, and inspire others to get involved.
Professor Ruth Zúñiga and Her Students Help Guide Online, Spanish-language, Emotional Wellbeing Sessions
On Facebook, Spanish-language viewers anywhere in the world can join sessions of Charlas Comunitarias to learn about emotional health and resources. The program is led partly by Ruth Zúñiga, an associate professor in School of Graduate Psychology at Pacific University and director of the university’s Sabiduría Latina/o psychology emphasis.
Hispanic and Latinx Heritage month observed annually Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 celebrates the culture and contributions of Hispanic and Latinx Americans as well as the independence of eight Spanish-speaking countries. Students, faculty and staff are invited to take part in celebrating the diversity and achievements of the Latinx community and increasing awareness of how to promote social justice and support for this community locally.
Assistant Professor Ruth Zúñiga Honored by Washington County Department of Health and Human Services
Dr. Zúñiga has been recognized for outstanding commitment to public health education.
The native of El Salvador left a successful corporate career to pursue one that directly helps the Latina/o community.