The Board of Governors established Mental Health Action Week to strengthen trauma-informed care expertise across the system, improve our classroom climates and campus culture, remove structural barriers, and advocate for additional resources to meet the diverse mental health service needs of California community college students and employees. Please join us for the California Community Colleges’ upcoming Mental Health Action Week webinar series.

Workgroup Acknowledgements

The Chancellor’s Office would like to recognize and thank the following Mental Health Action Week workgroup members for their commitment to California Community Colleges, its students, and their efforts to raise awareness in the areas of mental health and wellness. We thank you for your continued service, partnership, and support. Without your contributions this webinar series would not be possible.

  • Guadalupe Castro, President of Mental Health and Wellness Association, Imperial Valley College
  • Tim Leslie, President Elect of the Mental Health and Wellness Association, Mt. San Antonio College
  • Nicole Johnson, President of the Health Services Association, Cuesta College
  • Marla McBride, Director of Cypress College Student Health Services, Cypress College
  • Elaine Adlam, Health & Wellness, Grossmont College
  • Lynette Navarro Sullivan, Mental Health Supervisor, Moreno Valley College
  • Rouselle Douge, California Community Colleges Student, Student Senate for California Community Colleges
  • Geri Walcott, Project Manager, California Community Colleges Health & Wellness, Center for Applied Research Solutions
  • Jacqueline Alvarez, Mental Health & Health Services Specialist, Chancellor’s Office

Webinar Details


May 1 - 5, 2023

Registration Fees

These training sessions are free to participants


Virtual Webinar

Who Should Attend

Chancellors and Presidents, Chief Instructional Officers, Academic Senate Presidents, Chief Student Services Officers, faculty, students, and classified staff.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable people of all abilities to engage fully. Closed captioning will be available for this event. To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, or with any questions regarding content, please contact Geri Walcott at

Webinar Series

  • Monday, May 1, 2023 | Using Data and Evidence to Promote Mental Health in California Community Colleges

    10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

    Join us to hear about new survey data on mental health and related factors such as basic needs among California community college students. The data is from the Healthy Minds Study, a national study of student mental health that included 14 California community colleges in Winter/Spring 2022. The data elevates the need for additional mental health services and support among California community college students. Hear how these findings can be translated into an economic case for greater investment in student mental health. You can also learn about an innovative system of mental health support that is being piloted at East Los Angeles College, and we will discuss more broadly what is known about effective and equitable strategies to support student mental health at a population level.

    Presented by Ashley Johnston and Daniel Eisenberg.

    Ashley Johnston (she/her) is a Research Data Analyst in the Health Policy and Management Department at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. She coordinates the Healthy Minds Study for Los Angeles, California community colleges and is developing a repository of effective school-based interventions for reducing mental health stigma.

    Daniel Eisenberg is a Professor of Health Policy and Management in the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. His goal is to improve understanding of how to invest effectively in the mental health of young people. He is a Principal Investigator for the Healthy Minds Network ( and is writing a book about investments in children’s mental health.

    Register for the May 1 Webinar

  • Tuesday, May 2, 2023 | Alameda County Mental Health Navigators: A Pilot Program to Improve Access to Care

    10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

    California community colleges provide mental health services on a short-term model because of limited staffing and high demand—with most campuses placing a restriction on the number of sessions per academic term/year. Learn about an innovative peer-based workforce development program, based in Alameda County with four community colleges, designed to train students to assist their peers from accessing campus-based to community-based mental health care.

    Presented by Sang Leng Trieu

    Sang is the Program Director for STEP Up Ohlone Mental Health Program where she oversees mental health education and student engagement programs. She has been working at Ohlone since 1999. Her work in institutions of higher education spans seven campuses in Northern and Southern California, serving in faculty and student affairs roles. She holds two graduate degrees in public health. Sang is a marathon runner who has completed races in all 50 states and seven continents.

    Register for May 2 Webinar

  • Wednesday, May 3, 2023 | Where Can I Go? Student Mental Health Navigators Panel

    9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

    This webinar will feature three student mental health navigators from Alameda County community colleges who will share their experiences participating in a student engagement workforce development program designed to improve the mental health referral process. Learn about the program’s training curriculum, referral process, and connection with community-based agencies, and the power of students as co-creators of intervention.

    Please note, the May 3rd webinar is part of the 2023 Chancellor’s Office System Webinars. The registration is for the entire series scheduled the first Wednesday of each month.

    Presented by Eliseo Lopez and Gabriela (Gaby) Aguilar

    Eliseo Lopez is a sophomore student at Laney College studying Psychology, plans to transfer in the fall. His goal is to become a therapist and he is dedicated to helping his peers, and other people in need. His passion is in advocating for men's mental health because of his own personal experiences, along with experiences with friends and peers.

    Gabriela (Gaby) Aguilar is a Senior at Cal State East Bay majoring in Psychology. She also serves as the current Senior Student Mental Health Navigator and Assistant for the program at Ohlone College.

    Register for May 3 System Webinar

  • Thursday, May 4, 2023 | Trauma-Informed Communication Practices

    10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

    In this presentation, participants will learn about strategies for trauma-informed communications and how they can incorporate them into everyday interactions on their college campus. The presentation is also intended to increase understanding of the role of culture in shaping the provision and reception of services, as well as the role of cultural humility in increasing the effectiveness of services to diverse populations.

    Presented by Adèle James

    Adèle James brings a wide range of professional experiences and perspectives on organizational capacity and diversity. In 2009, Adèle founded Adele James Consulting Inc. to bring her vision of organizational development and equity consulting to fruition. A native of Trinidad, West Indies, and a certified professional coach, Adèle specializes in capacity building for organizations serving a variety of geographic, ethnic, and cultural communities. Her work focuses on cultivating collaborative partnerships and centering the building of transformative relationships with clients and communities.

    Register for May 4 Webinar

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