Career Pathways and Issues in BIPOC Mental Health and Wellness

Thursday, February 9, 2023 5:00pm to 6:30pm



 Sofia Meadows-Muriel ('22); Charles Pisaturo ('22); Chayanne Chataigne ('21); Carlea Dolcine ('23)

A Zoom Panel Moderated by Jamie Daniels, LICSW/MSW and Britt Rusert, PhD

Thursday, February 9th
5:00-6:30 pm

Featuring: Sofia Meadows-Muriel ('22); Charles Pisaturo ('22); Chayanne Chataigne ('21); Carlea Dolcine ('23)

Hosted by the W. E. B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies and Open to all UMass Students.

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This event is co-sponsored by the HFA Career Center; the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences; the Center for Racial Justice and Youth Engaged Teaching; the Center for Women and Community; and Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies. 

Jamie Daniels, LICSW/MSW, is the owner and director of Polestar Therapy, a private psychotherapy practice in Amherst. She is trauma-informed and uses an anti-oppressive/liberatory framework in her treatment. Her personal experience as a teen parent, Black woman, and first-generation college student informs her work and deepens her commitment to serving the most vulnerable among us. A PhD candidate in Social Work at Smith College, she is also completing a dissertation titled "Union Strong: The Impact of Labor Organizing and Representation on Black Women's Mental Health and Wellbeing."

Featured Panelists:

Chayanne Chataigne ('21) graduated from UMass with a Dual Degree in Psychology and Afro-American Studies. As a UMass student she served as President of BMCP, Secretary of the NAACP, and as a referral Specialist and Rape Crisis Counselor Advocate at the Center for Women and Community (CWC). In the Psychology Department, she served as a peer mentor and also as a research assistant in a lab. Since graduating, she has worked at YOU Inc and at the Wetzel Center as a Case Manager and  Admissions Coordinator. Currently, Chayanne works in the UMass Chan Medical School Office of Well-Being as a Wellness Program Coordinator

Carlea Dolcine ('23) hails from Somerville, MA and is a psychology and Afro-American Studies double major with a certificate in civic engagement and public service. Her senior thesis is titled "Visioning In and Re-Visioning Schools: The Students Know What They Need." Carlea is also currently creating a workshop series on Afrofuturism and storytelling. After graduating, Carlea plans to attend graduate school in clinical mental health counseling in order to work towards a mental health counselor or professional counselor licensure.

Sofia Meadows-Muriel ('22), they/she, graduated from UMass Amherst with a dual degree in African-American Studies and Social Thought and Political Economy. They currently work as a teacher in residence at Margarita Muniz Academy in Jamaica Plain where they are also an advisor for Afro-Alliance, a student club. Sofia is also the Director of Partnerships for Unity Circles, a small Boston based nonprofit that practices restorative and transformative justice. 

Charles Pisaturo III is a class of '22 UMass Amherst Psychology major and double minor in AfroAm and Italian. After completing his degree at UMass, Charles worked as a temporary/seasonal Mental Health Worker in the float pool at Butler Psychiatric Hospital, located in Providence, Rhode Island. Currently, Charles works as a SITE program assistant in Legnano, Italy, teaching English and American History to middle schoolers. 

Questions or Inquiries about the event may be addressed to: Britt Rusert, Afro-American Studies Undergraduate Program Director,

Research Area: 

Behavioral Neuroscience
Clinical Psychology
Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience
Developmental Science
Social Psychology