WVC student senate presents speakers on education and mental health in January

Jan. 15, 2021

 Media Contact:
Marichuy Alvizar, equity and inclusion coordinator, 509-682-6865
Libby Siebens, community relations executive director, 509-682-6436 (Mon.-Thurs.)

The Associate Students of Wenatchee Valley College (ASWVC) have scheduled speakers to discuss the importance of education and mental health this January. The virtual presentations are open to all WVC employees and students.

Omari AmiliThe department of Campus Life, Equity & Inclusion department is partnering with WorkSource and Humanities Washington to present author and speaker Omari Amili. Amili will virtually present “From Crime to Classroom: How Education Changes Lives” on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. Omari grew up facing poverty, foster care and neglect. He attended over 15 schools growing up before dropping out and turning to crime. He was eventually convicted of 30 felonies related to a bank fraud scheme. Upon his release from prison in 2008, Omari began an educational journey at the age of 23 that has led him to four college degrees. Previously, he was a juvenile justice researcher for the ACLU of Washington and a faculty member and case manager with South Seattle College. Register for this event wvc.edu/CampusLifeEvents.

Author and college mental health specialist Josh Rivedal will virtually present on suicide prevention on Josh RivedalThursday, Jan. 28 at 3 p.m. Rivedal will share the message that it’s okay to talk about mental health and that it’s possible to live mentally well in college and beyond. Students will learn about what mental health is and is not, coping skills, how to reframe failure, and how to help someone experiencing a mental health breakdown or suicidal crisis. Students will receive local and national resources for student mental health. Register for this event wvc.edu/CampusLifeEvents.

The Campus Life department is designed to meet interests beyond the classroom through co-curricular activities. These activities and services enhance the learning that occurs inside the classroom, as well as play an important role in student retention, academic success and cognitive development. To learn more, visit wvc.edu/CampusLife.


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