Rescheduled to Tuesday, October 23rd, 4:15PM, reception to follow
Bond Hall (Next to Ben West Parking Lot)
open to the public
Still one of the fastest growing minoritized groups in the U.S., Latinxs, historically, have endured major socio-economic and educational crises that have produced challenges to mental health and wellness. Unfortunately the challenges many Latinxs face are often overlooked, misunderstood and underserved. In this lecture, Edwin Mayorga draws on an ongoing study being conducted by the Education in our Barrios Project, #BarrioEdProject, a Philadelphia-based participatory action research (PAR) collaborative, where high school-aged and undergraduate youth work together to conduct research on issues that affect their local communities and schools. Using an ecological-feminist-Latinx framework Mayorga considers how #BarrioEdProject and PAR Entremundos functions as a space to support youth mental health and addressing oppressive social determinants of mental health. Drawing on observations, interviews, and written responses from participants, Mayorga asserts that #BarrioEdProject and its curriculum of conocimiento can help participants identify the kinds of trauma that young people face, and create an experience where participants are humanized, share power and develop the skills to take social action.