Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Welcoming New Immigrant and Refugee Students with a Focus on Community Resilience

February 14, 2022 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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Speakers: Sarah Davila, Ph.D., Somerville Public Schools, District Administrator of Programs, Multilingual Learner Education and Family and Community Partnerships; Dorys Lemus, Cultural Broker & Consultant, Trauma and Community Resilience Center, Boston Children's Hospital; Jeffrey P. Winer, Ph.D., Attending Psychologist, Trauma and Community Resilience Center, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Boston Children’s Hospital, Instructor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School

Webinar Description
Refugee and immigrant students joining our school and communities enriches the fabric of our school and community cultures. This webinar will introduce strategies for engaging youth and families in psychosocial services through genuine partnerships. In addition, the presenters will focus on frameworks for organizing mental health service planning and delivery for youth and families of refugee and immigrant backgrounds. Culturally-responsive and trauma-informed behavioral health tools that can be put into practice within diverse settings will also be highlighted.

About the Speakers
Sarah Davila, Ph.D
., is in her 29th year with the Somerville Public Schools and currently serves as Director of Multilingual Learner Education and District Administrator for Family and Community Partnerships. Her work spans across multiple realms to support a highly diverse student population. Deeply committed to educational equity, Dr. Davila has helped lead the district’s charge toward creating systems without barriers. Dr. Davila is a founding member of the Somerville Sanctuary City Steering Committee and is Co-Facilitator of Somerville Educators for Sanctuary Schools with the Educators Union meeting regularly to educate and empower all members of the community and to build comprehensive supports and ally-ship with immigrant and undocumented students and families.

Dr. Davila holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She earned an MFA in Studio for Interrelated Media from the Massachusetts College of Art, and a Ph.D. in Child Development from the Eliot Pearson Department of Child Development at Tufts University. Dr. Davila is Adjunct Professor at Lesley University teaching courses on Educational Equity, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Language, and Literacy.

Jeffrey P. Winer, Ph.D., is an Attending Psychologist and researcher at the Boston Children's Hospital Trauma and Community Resilience Center (TCRC) and is an Instructor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Winer’s work is primarily focused on developing, disseminating, and implementing culturally-responsive and trauma-informed psychological interventions for youth and families of refugee and immigrant backgrounds. The values of social justice, equity, and human rights are at the center of this work. Along with his TCRC colleagues, he regularly consults with providers and programs across the United States in how to effectively build, scale, and deliver mental health services for refugee and immigrant communities. With his colleagues Heidi Ellis and Saida Abdi, he is co-author of the book “Mental Health Practice with Immigrant and Refugee Youth: A Socioecological Framework,” published by the American Psychological Association. Community-based research and intervention work is an enormous team effort and he is deeply privileged to work with a large network of community stakeholders, clinicians, researchers, and educators. Outside of his work at Boston Children's Hospital, he continues to work at the McLean Hospital 3East Adolescent DBT Partial Hospital Program and maintains a private clinical practice. 

Dorys Lemus is a Cultural Broker for the Alliance for Inclusion and Prevention (AIP) in Boston. She leads evidence-informed, immigrant acculturation groups in public schools in Boston and she works  with Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) Refugee Trauma and Resilience Center on the Central American adaptation of Trauma Systems Therapy for Refugees (TST-R).  In addition, she is a co-trainer with AIP and BCH in a SAMHSA/NCTSI funded grant for services to Unaccompanied Minors, providing training to schools and ORR subcontractors in the cultural aspects of trauma.  Ms. Lemus came to the U.S. in 2013 as an Unaccompanied Minor, and at age 21, became the sponsor of two younger siblings.  During the summer of 2021, she became the sponsor of a 12-year old sister, as well.  Dorys graduated from Somerville High School in 2017 and is currently studying psychology at Bunker Hill Community College.

Dr. Sarah Davila's slides available here.

Dr. Jeffrey Winer's and Dorys Lemus' slides available here.


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