Breaking Mental Health Barriers: A Step Towards Equity

June 16, 2021: 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

June 17, 2021: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

June 18, 2021: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Please join us for a free, virtual conference on taking a step towards equity. We are pleased to host this conference as part of our Mental Health Equity Scholars Program.  Our focus on equity is about reaching student populations that are disproportionately impacted by mental health issues which may adversely impact their wellness being and academic achievement. This effort is also in alignment with the California Community College Chancellor’s Office Vision for Success strategic plan which includes a goal on reducing equity gaps among underrepresented students in academic success. 


Registration is now open. Click HERE to register.

Breaking Mental Health Barriers Conference


Featured Keynote Speakers

Jei Africa   Jei Africa, PsyD. MSCP, CATC-V
   Director, Behavioral Health and Recovery Services
   County of Marin





Jei Africa is an innovative thought-leader and clinician who is passionate about integrating effective culturally responsive practices into the core functioning of County health services. Dr. Africa has over 20 years of counseling, teaching, consulting, and private practice expertise in the areas of behavioral health, trauma, health equity and diversity. He maintains a consulting and private psychotherapy practice in the Bay Area. His prior roles include: Director of the Office of Diversity and Equity with the San Mateo County Health System, Clinical Director at Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse, and Manager of Youth Treatment Services at Asian American Recovery Services.




Jeff Duncan Andrade   Jeff Duncan-Andrade, PhD
   Professor, Latina/o Studies & Race and Resistance Studies
   San Francisco State University






Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D., is Professor of Latina/o Studies and Race and Resistance Studies at San Francisco State University. He is also a founder of the Roses in Concrete Community School, a community responsive lab school in East Oakland ( and the Community Responsive Education Group ( As a classroom teacher and school leader in East Oakland (CA) for the past 28 years, his pedagogy has been widely studied and acclaimed for producing uncommon levels of social and academic success for students. Duncan-Andrade lectures around the world and has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters on effective practices in schools. He has written two books and his third book with Harvard Press is due out Spring 2021. In 2016, Duncan-Andrade was part of the great educators invited to the White House on National Teacher Appreciation Day by President Obama, and in 2019 he was chosen as the Laureate for the prestigious Brock International Prize in Education. In 2021, he was selected to join the Board of Prevent Child Abuse America. Duncan-Andrade has also been ranked as one of the nation’s most influential scholars by EdWeek’s Public Influence Rankings.

Duncan-Andrade’s transformational work on the elements of effective teaching in schools is recognized throughout the U.S. and as far abroad as New Zealand. His research interests and publications span the areas of youth wellness, trauma responsiveness, curriculum change, teacher development and retention, critical pedagogy, and cultural and Ethnic Studies. He works closely with teachers, school site leaders, union leaders and school district officials to help them develop classroom practices and school cultures that foster self-confidence, esteem, and academic success among all students. Duncan-Andrade holds a Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Studies in Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature, both from the University of California – Berkeley.



Preliminary Schedule

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Special Acknowledgements

This conference is supported by a generous grant from the California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions.