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Why we chose to discuss this topic.

In this panel discussion, we'll explored themes around:

  • The barriers LGBTQIA+ students face in accessing on-campus services and support
  • Telehealth as a potential medium for addressing some of the unmet needs for LGBTQIA+ students
  • What will be important for schools to consider as students return back to campus
  • How schools can work to practice more genuine allyship

Webinar Recording

About Our Panelists:

Dr. Emalinda McSpadden, PhD - Faculty Coordinator at LGBTQI+ Resource Room, Bronx Community College

  • Dr. McSpadden is an Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Social Sciences at Bronx Community College, of the City University of New York. Dr. McSpadden serves as the Coordinator of the LGBTQI+ Resource Room, co-chair of the CUNY LGBTQI+ Council, co-director of the BCC Peer Support and Career Development Program (Get PSyCh’D), and a member of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals, including service on the ongoing Proud and Thriving Project in partnership with the Jed Foundation. Emalinda’s scholarship focuses on creating programs to enhance college campus climate in various domains of engagement, including LGBTQI+ and gender-focused programming, TGNB-specific campus supports, and overall campus mental health resource accessibility and outreach.

Rosey Puloka, LCPC, BC-DMT, GLCMA, RYT - Educator and Counselor, Embodied Education Institute of Chicago

  • Rosey Puloka (she/her/hers) is a dance/movement therapist and counselor who draws on relational, feminist theory and anti-oppressive frameworks in her work with young folks and adults. Her experience includes working in residential rehabilitation centers, Cook County Jail in the Sheriff's Women's Justice Program, and community mental health with LGBTQIA+ and HIV impacted communities. Rosey specializes in trauma work and uses story, arts, and body centered practices to facilitate healing. She continues to teach locally and nationally on cultural humility and critical perspectives within the world of Western mental health.

Jordan "JT" Turner - Director of The Gender and Sexuality Center, University of Illinois at Chicago

  • JT Turner (they/them) has been the director of the UIC Gender and Sexuality Center since March 2019. Prior to UIC, JT worked at Northwestern University in multicultural student affairs with a focus on outreach and support for LGBTQ+ students. As a scholar practitioner, JT has focused their work on the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality. JT has served on the executive board for The Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals as well as on the leadership team for ACPA's Commission of Social Justice Educators. In addition to their work in higher education, JT consults non-profit organizations, religious institutions, and businesses on how to build anti-racist and inclusive workplace and learning environments.

Aaron Barnes, PsyD - Assistant Director of Counseling and Psych Services, University of Arizona

  • Dr. Barnes is the Assistant Director of CAPS. He has worked in the University setting for seven years in a variety of roles within University Counseling Centers. These roles include coordinating areas of public health, outreach, and LGBTQPIA+ programs. Aaron enjoys mentoring students and helping to develop future leaders in mental health care.