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2016 Washington Leadership Program Session V: Mental Health

July 20, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

| Free

At the fifth session of our Washington Leadership Program, Mental Health, we will address the stigma against mental illness in the United States with a focus on the AAPI community. This sessions will work to provide strategies for attendees to manage their own mental health as well as methods to initiate discussions with others on the topic. This event will also serve as an opportunity for attendees to connect with professionals working in the fields of mental health.


 2016 Washington Leadership Program Session V: Mental HealthViraj Patel is a scholar practitioner in higher education student affairs whose roots are in student activism and social justice education. Currently serving as the Associate Director at the Pan-Asian American Community House at the University of Pennsylvania, Viraj focuses on advocacy, wellness, access, leadership and mentorship programs for Asian and Asian Americans both on and off a college campus. Viraj is a skilled facilitator, advisor, and writer. She is also an organizer with the Philadelphia South Asian Collective and is a founding sister of NAPAWF-Philly. She is a proud past board member of CAPAL.



 2016 Washington Leadership Program Session V: Mental HealthJuliet Bui is a Public Health Advisor in the Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she oversees the behavioral health, criminal justice and reentry policy portfolios. Prior to joining OMH, she was a Public Health Analyst in the Office of Policy, Planning and Innovation and Office of Behavioral Health Equity at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), where she focused on efforts and strategies to address behavioral health disparities. She has also served as a Policy Advisor on Health at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), where she managed projects and focused on policy issues including behavioral health, the Affordable Care Act, and AAPI health disparities.  She joined SAMHSA and WHIAAPI through the Presidential Management Fellows program.  While completing her graduate studies, Juliet researched workforce policy for the Service Employees International Union Local 721, with a focus on the Los Angeles County social services system. She also interned as a therapist to transition-age youth at the Coalition for Responsible Community Development, a non-profit in South Los Angeles. Prior to graduate school, she worked in the Office of Communications at the Brookings Institution. Juliet holds a B.A. in Sociology and B.A. in Psychology from Rice University, and a Master in Social Work and Master in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

 2016 Washington Leadership Program Session V: Mental HealthShamyla Tareen is a social worker, and always has been one at heart. She was born in Pakistan but moved to the US as an infant. She lived in Bethesda, MD until the age of 12, then moved to Peshawar, Pakistan, where she lived between the ages of 12-18. When she was 18, she returned to the US for higher education. After graduation from the University of Maryland at College Park, Shamyla decided it was time for a change of scenery (and weather) and moved to sunny Austin, TX where she received her MSSW at the University of Texas. About 6 years ago, Shamble moved back to the DC/Baltimore area to be closer to her community. She won the “Be The Change” award in 2012 for Counselors Helping Asians and Indians (CHAI) in her efforts to combat stigma and promote mental health in the South Asian community. She currently works as a therapist in private practice and counselor at Montgomery College. She loves cooking, dancing, shows, movies, random adventures, and walking dogs. For as long as she can remember, she has loved to write.


 2016 Washington Leadership Program Session V: Mental HealthAndrew Lo is CAPAL’s Programs and Operations Associate. A Kansas City native, Andrew received his B.A. in Philosophy and Biology at Saint Louis University. Outside of the classroom he served as president of SLU’s Asian American Association growing AAPI communities and working to to promote social justice for all. He also help to establish Forte, an organization dedicated to providing Saint Louis schools with tutors, instruments, and other resources needed to facilitate an education in music. In 2015, Andrew served as a CAPAL intern first for the USDA Forest Service where he worked to create policies to combat climate change and later as a Programs Assistant for the Foreign Agriculture Service Cochran Program providing growing Eastern European and Eurasian economies with training opportunities within the U.S.   Andrew has a passion for food and music so when he is not consuming delicious food he can often be found singing, playing instruments, and generally causing a ruckus.

More About The Washington Leadership Program

The Washington Leadership Program (WLP) provides a space for young AAPI students interning in Washington, D.C. to come together, build community, and explore their heritage within the context of public service. Through eight weekly sessions over the summer, WLP introduces students to AAPI public service leaders who can inform and inspire students’ own civic engagement. The overarching theme for WLP 2016 is Redefining Public Service, and each session will challenge the conventional image of public service through its content, its speakers, or its activities.

2016 Washington Leadership Program Planning Committee Soo Koo • Amy Wantanabe • Krystal Ka’Ai • Irene Lin • Rebecca Lee • Gita Ram • Daniel Jung • YLan Nguyen • Shiv Rawal • Justin Trinidad • Mai Ichihara • Tiffany Hsieh • Sam Cho • Carrie Kagawa • Christian Edlagan • Alton Wang • Elizabeth Thompson

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July 20, 2016 6:00 pm
July 20, 2016 8:00 pm


HVC-215 (U.S. Capitol Visitor Center)
The U.S. Capitol Washington, DC 20035 United States