Location: BSLC 109

5:00pm

Dinner & Registration

Catering provided by Snail Thai Cuisine. 


5:30pm

Unbroken Glass Screening

When filmmaker Dinesh Das Sabu (AB ’06) was a six-year-old boy growing up in Louisiana, his father died of cancer and his schizophrenic mother committed suicide. Two decades later, Sabu and his four older siblings, who essentially raised themselves, still grapple with memories of their father’s anger, their mother’s mental illness, and the parents’ sudden deaths, not to mention their own identities as Indian Americans.

Through making Unbroken GlassSabu attempts to piece together their story and his own. Uncovering a silenced family history and disturbing truths, Dinesh and his siblings must finally reconcile the past, confronting the trauma of losing their parents and the specter of mental illness.

6:30pm

Workshop: Navigating Intergenerational Conversations on Mental Illness and Sensitive, Stigma-Related Topics

 

Led by the Center for Asian Health Equity

The aim of this workshop is to have a group discussion on the film Unbroken Glass and relatable themes among emerging Asian American adults. More specifically, the workshop facilitators will discuss the influence mental health issues can have on interpersonal/family relationships and how one can navigate that process. In a safe place, the facilitators hope to ask questions that will help participants understand their identities better, and practice self-kindness and empathy for healthy relationships with parents/relatives.

Participation within the workshop will not be coerced by any means, and the purpose is to not provide therapeutic/counseling services.

SEEBA ANAM, MD

University of Chicago Medical Center

Dr. Seeba Anam is a psychiatrist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at UChicago Medicine (UCM). She is also an affiliated researcher at the University’s Center for Asian Health Equity. Culturally informed psychiatry education and outreach is a primary focus of Dr. Anam’s clinical, educational, and research efforts. She directs her UCM’s institution's Cultural Psychiatry and Social Determinants of Health curriculum. Moreover, her research foci include addressing gaps in cultural psychiatry and global mental health in graduate training, examination of the role of stigma in Asian American mental health care seeking, and assessing mental health needs in Asian American communities.
 
Dr. Anam is an alumnus of the College and received her medical degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago. Additionally, she completed her residency and fellowship at New York University.

JENNIFER OH

Center for Asian Health Equity (CAHE)

Jennifer Oh is the Director of Programs and Engagement at the University of Chicago’s Center for Asian Health Equity (CAHE). She oversees multiple state- and federally funded programs, including behavioral health, student programming/training, and the Asian Recruitment and Engagement Core to support the NIH-funded All of Us Research Program.

Jennifer and her team manage CAHE’s Bloom Behavioral Health Program, and strive to promote holistic and culturally tailored behavioral health services in Chicago’s Asian immigrant communities by moving away from the disease-model of healthcare and stigmatizing language. By utilizing community and institutional resources, Bloom builds the capacity of its partners by collaboratively developing community interventions and treatment strategies that are culturally informed and sustainable.
 

Jennifer received a Master of Education in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University Chicago with interests in community psychology, ethnic minority/immigrant populations, and college student
development. She is particularly curious about how socioeconomic and sociocultural factors at the
individual level can impact the health and well-being of a community as a whole.

CENTER FOR ASIAN HEALTH EQUITY

The Center for Asian Health Equity (CAHE) was established in 2015 in response to the unmet health needs of the diverse Asian American communities living in the Chicago metropolitan area. CAHE is a unique academic and community partnership between the University of Chicago and Asian Health Coalition (AHC), a community-based organization dedicated to the study of Asian American health and disparities. The Center takes a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to addressing gaps in clinical medicine and public health through a comprehensive program for research, health education, training, community engagement, policy, and information dissemination. CAHE is the first center in the Midwest region housed within a university environment, and one of only four in the nation.
 
The absence of any Asian health research centers in the Midwest coupled with the highest Asian American population growth rate in Illinois provides an immediate opportunity to capitalize on the depth of the University’s institutional reach, and create an infrastructure to address the gap in this body of scholarship and build community partnerships. CAHE’s foundation is built on more than 20 years of community health and prevention work through AHC, which has an extended network of 25 diverse ethnic community-based organizations across Chicago. Concurrently, the Coalition leverages on the Center’s expertise to conduct health disparities and research, and provide clinical care and advocacy for low-income Asian immigrants and other communities of color.

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Location: BSLC 109

9:00am

Breakfast & Registration

Catering provided by Au Bon Pain.


9:30am

Double Take: Graduate Student Story-Sharing Panel

A diverse range of graduate students from the University of Chicago will share their own journeys involving mental health in the realm of storytelling and story-sharing. As they reflect on their undergraduate experiences and grapple with the questions of how their identity has influenced their relationships with mental health, we will ask ourselves: why do these stories matter, why do we tell them, and why do we listen? Together, the panelists will explore the power of connection and support, and the ways in which that power shares the hope towards mental wellness.

10:30am

Keynote: Saving Our Own Lives - Asian American Student Mental Health

 

One in five college students thinks of suicide. Students of color and queer students are among the most vulnerable, with Asian Americans having the highest rates of suicidal ideation and suicide attempts. This talk asks why and how life feels unlivable for Asian American students, and what the responsibilities of our institutions might be—both in contributing to our unwellness and being accountable for our health. The session will be interactive, asking participants to co-create a space to reflect on their pains, the forces that shape their suffering, and the kinds of care they might need. Come discover new language for discussing mental health and generate new strategies of care. How might we begin asking and answering, together, how do we live?

 

Students will have an opportunity through their participation to contribute to and shape a new card in Open in Emergency's Asian American Tarot: The Student.

12:00pm

Lunch

 

Catering provided by Bon Appétit at the University of Chicago.

MIMI KHÚC, PhD

Mimi Khúc, PhD, is a writer, scholar, and teacher of things unwell. She is the managing editor of The Asian American Literary Review and guest editor of Open in Emergency: A Special Issue on Asian American Mental Health, an arts and humanities intervention that works to rethink and decolonize Asian American unwellness. She oversees the Open in Emergency Initiative, a multi-year national project that connects universities and community spaces to think together about the shape and scope of Asian American mental health. She is currently working on a book project on mental health and the university, as well as co-writing a graphic theory/memoir on Asian American
daughterhood and suicide.

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AADITI NAIK

Pritzker School of Medicine

Aaditi Naik is a first-year medical student at Pritzker School of Medicine. Aaditi double majored in Women's and Gender Studies and Neuroscience at Vanderbilt University and went straight through to medical school. While at Vanderbilt, Aaditi was President of the South Asian Cultural Exchange. She was also heavily involved in the multicultural student community at Vanderbilt.

RIDA SHAHZAD

School of Social Service Administration

Rida is a first-year graduate student at the School of Social Service Administration. She completed her undergrad in Anthropology and Psychology from Pakistan. Post graduation she worked on multiple women empowerment reforms in her home country. These included advocacy for the passage of the Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Act and implementation of one-stop centres for protection of women against all forms of violence. These centers are the first of their kind in the South Asian region and house police, prosecution, medico-legal, rehabilitation and shelter services all under one roof. She also worked on a female mobility campaign in Pakistan that trained 4000 women to ride motorcycles and reclaim their public space. Currently she does trauma responsive work with youth on the south side of Chicago.

PO-CHIEH TING

Physical Sciences Division

Po-Chieh is a sixth-year graduate student in the Department of Chemistry, working on his thesis project on light-harvesting dynamics in photosynthetic organisms. Before coming to The University of Chicago in Fall of 2013, he spent almost his entire life in Taipei (on the beautiful island of Taiwan), pursuing education and pondering life goals. Besides working in his research lab, he often finds himself cooking (and no, mac ‘n cheese does not count), watching movies and dramas, listening to songs in the ‘80s (cheers to the oldie but goodies), traveling (or more often, imagining himself traveling), and learning new stuff from books. As an international student in the States from East Asia, he has become more aware of how differently, yet sometimes similarly, both cultural societies define the way of living and “success” as he stepped longer into his doctoral program, and how it has impacted his mental health and attitude toward life. His self-exploratory journey of searching for meaning, healing, and self-identity has thus begun.

JAMES ZHANG

Pritzker School of Medicine

James Zhang is a Chinese-American Floridian transplant just trying to survive these Chicago winters. When he is not checking his fingers for frostbite, he is attempting to eat his body weight in dim sum at Phoenix as he prepares for hibernation. His hobbies include poetry, talking too much, being too loud, and being a first-year medical student at the Pritzker School of Medicine.

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12:45pm

Breakout Session I


2:30pm

Breakout Session II

4:15pm

Reflection Activity & Collective Art Project

4:45pm

Reception

Catering provided by Bon Appétit at the University of Chicago.