#EWIP2020 Conference Speakers

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2020 Schedule

Odette Alcazaren-Keeley | Director, Maynard 200 – Maynard Institute for Journalism Education


Dr. Kortni Alston | Multimedia Journalist, Educator | “The Happy Researcher”


Lucia Allain | Communications Manager, Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES)


Tasha Bartholomew | CalTrain Communications Manager


Hazel Benigno | Licensed Clinical Psychologist | Academic-Artist-Activist


Krystle Cansino | San Mateo County LGBTQ+ Commissioner


Dr. Elizabeth Carll, Founder and Chair, Refugee Mental Health Resource Network


Henni Espinosa | Producer/News Desk Editor, ABS-CBN International


Christi Morales-Kumasawa | Co-chair /Filipino Mental Health Initiative | Associate Marriage and Family Therapist


Mary Nhin | Author, Ninja Life Hacks Series



Amorie Robinson | Ph.D. (aka Dr. Kofi Adoma – pronounced doe-MAH), Licensed Clinical Psychologist/Detroit, Go Right There Consulting

Alyssa Saquilayan |
RN, BSN | Registered Yoga Teacher



Lisa Starnes | Owner/Live Life Spectrum Health and Wellness Services | Licensed Psychiatric Technician

Beverly White | General Assignment Reporter, NBC4 Los Angeles












#EWIP2020 Conference Schedule

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(Schedule subject to change; however, sessions are confirmed. Visit ewip.org for updates.) 

2020 Speakers


8:30 a.m.    
Conference Waiting Room opens
9 to 9:10 a.m.    
Welcome & Opening     
9:10 to 9:20 a.m.
Let’s Get Started!
 Mind, Body, Soul w/ Alyssa Saquilayan, RN, BSN, Registered Yoga Teacher
9:30 to 10:10 a.m.  
Keynote Speaker  Dr. Kortni Alston
10:15 to 11 a.m.   
Can the media do a better job at covering mental illnesses?  Mental health issues are too often only covered in spurts in mainstream and social media – usually as a reaction to a headline-making event, such as a mass shooting, in which mental illness is often cited as a cause. This forum will examine deeper ways to inform and educate the public on these issues. Hear from mental-health professionals about their opinions on coverage of the issues and how they feel it could be better addressed.
11:05 to 11:50 a.m.   
Writing children’s books during challenging times
Featuring authors of children’s books who seek to help kids who’ve been exposed to childhood trauma. What are the trends in publishing on these issues? How are sensitive topics handled? Have some books emerged on the COVID-19 pandemic looking at how it affects kids?
11:55 a.m. to 12:35 p.m.     
Off the Clock: How covering traumatic events impact journalist With raging wildfires, mass shootings, attacks on the press or the months-long immersive coronavirus coverage, how are reporters/photographers, etc., affected? Do any lines become blurred for them? Includes tips on self-care for journalists.
12:35 to 1 p.m.    
Lunch Break | #RealTalk: Gen X/Y & Race in America preview
1 to 1:45 p.m. 
The Ripple Effects of Mental Illness: How a person’s mental health crisis not only affects the individual, but also his/her/their families and communities We will focus on the impact in underserved communities such as LGBTQ and People of Color. A look at the lack of access to mental healthcare/therapists of color for PoCs and how to find what you need.
1:50 to 2:35 p.m.
The mental health crisis for migrants at the border
It continues to be an ongoing national controversy: How these situations are/aren’t being addressed. What are the mental health services for undocumented immigrants as they cross the border and what is the long-term impact on these individuals, their families and society?
2:35 to 2:50 p.m.  
“Work. Balance. Life!”  Dr. Kortni Alston
2:50 to 3 p.m.
Closing Remarks EWIP President, Michelle Fitzhugh-Craig


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