After more than a year of discussions, the Latina/o Resilience Network officially began in Spring 2014 as a means to build a mental health support and educational network for Latina/o students. The Latina/o Resilience Network was first created with the support of Veronica M. Kann, La Casa Cultural Latina, and Alicia P. Rodriguez, Department of Latina/Latino Studies. With the support of students, faculty and a Strategic Initiative Grant from Student Affairs, they were able to create and develop this new peer network on campus.
This Resilience Network provides support for Latinx students on campus, increases mental health wellness and awareness, and works as a space for students to share their campus climate experiences to build resilience.
Latina/o Resilience Network:
- Educates students and faculty about mental health awareness and resources
- Trains students to be peer coordinators, facilitators, and listeners
- Fosters Latinx success on campus
View our informational video here.
Listen to our story here, part of the WILL series "Unmet Needs: Living with mental illness in central Illinois."
this network has 4 components:
Latinx Resilience Network Certificate Workshops
To complete a Latinx Resilience Network certificate, you must attend 5 total workshops (at least two "Caring for Self" & two "Caring for Others") and one student support group meeting. The certificate program is open to all students, staff and faculty, and all workshops and support groups are open to the community, students, faculty, and staff who wish to learn more about mental health within in the Latinx community and to help Latinx students who are struggling with mental health issues.
Resilience through Solidarity Student Support Group
This is an open, safe space for all students to express themselves and their concerns. Our conversations hope to engage students and create solidarity through shared experiences around a particular topic which changes every meeting. Student support group meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 6-7:30pm in one of the residence hall lounges (for specific location please see our events calendar or contact us).
Every 1st Thursday of the month from 6-7:30pm we will be holding de-stress events where students can take time to learn about relaxation strategies or participate in a fun activity.
LLS 496: Latino Resilience: Mental Health and Awareness
This 3 credit seminar is offered to students who want a more indepth exploration of Latina/o issues in mental health wellness and awareness. Students will gain an understanding of mental health issues facing Latino college students, resources available to them and their communities, and strategies for promoting and maintaining mental health resiliency. The class will explore such innovative practices as peer networking and outreach, community-based theatre, reflective writing, and role-playing. This class will be offered in Spring 2016.