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Summer 2020 Symposium Day 1: July 8

Video from Day 1

Welcome Remarks

Jessica Cruz, NAMI California CEO

Keynote Address

“Why We Should Bring Conversations about Race and Racism to the Table” with Dr. Jei Africa, PsyD, Practicing Clinician, Director at Behavioral Health and Recovery Services at County of Marin, Department of Health and Human Services; NAMI California Board Secretary

Q&A With Keynote Speaker

Facilitator: Brianna Vargas, MS, Director of Community Engagement, NAMI CA


Smudging for Healing, Mirna Xiuhyolotl Juarez, Owner of Fireheart Botanicals; Member of StockSolid and InnerG

Closing Remarks

Ragini Lal, Community Engagement Manager, NAMI CA

Summer 2020 Symposium Day 2: July 9

Video of Day 2

Welcome Remarks

Steven Kite, Chief Operating Officer, NAMI California

Keynote Address

“Behavioral Health and Law Enforcement: Developing an Understanding” with Tiffany Ross, LCSW, Behavioral Health Services Supervisor; Community Behavioral Health Assessment Team – CBAT Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Program Coordinator; Riverside University Health System – Behavioral Health

Q&A with Keynote Speaker

Facilitator: Ragini Lal, Community Engagement Manager, NAMI CA

Breakout Session 1 – Call to Action: Building

Initiatives to Reduce Mental Health Disparities Among Diverse Communities in the Criminal Justice System

Facilitators: Dr. Ania Townsell, Psy.D., Psychology Postdoctoral Resident, Kaiser Permanente & Ragini Lal

Breakout Session 2 – Call to Action: Creating

Innovative Strategies to Mitigate the Mental Health Crisis Among Immigrant Populations (Including Refugees, Asylum Seekers)

Facilitators: Maria Alaniz, MPH, Project Manager, UCD Center for Reducing Health Disparities & Brianna Vargas, MS

Closing Remarks

Ragini Lal, Community Engagement Manager, NAMI CA

Summer 2020 Symposium Day 3: July 10

Video of Day 3

Welcome Remarks

Angela Brand, VP of Strategic Development, NAMI CA

Panel: Collaborative Community-Based Innovations


  1. Luther Richert
    Chief Services Officer of L.A.’s South County for Mental Health America of Los Angeles
  2. NamQuyên (Q) Lê & JR Kuo
    National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association (NAAPIMHA)
  3. Dr. Rhonda Brinkley-Kennedy, PsyD
    CEO & Founder of South Central Training Consortium, Inc.

Q&A with Panel

Facilitator: Tory Martinez, Community Engagement Manager, NAMI CA

Activity: Self-Care – Building Daily Habits

JR Kuo, CEO of CoffeeWithJR, Program Director at NAAPIMHA

Closing Remarks

Brianna Vargas, MS, Director of Community Engagement, NAMI CA

Previous Multicultural Symposiums

Recap of our October 2019 Multicultural Symposium

Read reports from our previous Multicultural Symposiums