Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Community Day of Service 

Mt. Hope Community Garden

10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Welcome Event
Calling all students and chapter advisors! Please join us for an evening of music, food, information and plenty of networking opportunities! By Invitation Only!

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Office of Student Affairs Symposium (READ MORE BELOW)
OSA School /Chapter T-Shirt Day
Represent your school or chapter! Wear your t-shirts or school colors to the Symposium and Welcome Event!

12:30 pm -2:30 pm
OSA Mix & Mingle

10:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Potential Candidates Q&A / Registration
Interested in running for a position in OSA for the 2018-2019 year? Come out and get information on OSA, your position of interest, and responsibilities of the officers from those who have walked the road that you are considering.

8:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday, April 6, 2018
OSA Meet the Candidates
A chance to get to know the candidates for the 2018-2019 OSA executive board and to hear their vision and see their passion before you cast your vote.

11:00 am - 11:30 am
OSA Students & Advisor Meeting & Elections
Join us as we gather to meet, dine, vote and bring in the new OSA officers.

11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony
Installation of OSA Newly Elected Officers

9:00 am – 10:30 am
NABSW Steering Committee
OSA will proudly announce the 2018-2019 officers! Come hear about the new OSA leadership, the OSA Quarterly Report and learn the inner workings of NABSW!
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Symposium Overview...

This symposium will allow professionals and students to engage in an open discussion on the stigma surrounding mental illness in the black community specifically how we can educate ourselves on the types of mental illnesses. Participants will gain a clear understanding of the negative stigmas and ways to reduce the stigma while creating a safe environment that allows for the exploration of thoughts, feelings and fears. In order to address mental illness in the Black community, professionals and students in the field need to create more awareness by taking the lead and starting discussions around this topic.

The topic of mental illness in the Black community is a discussion that is often ignored. “According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, African Americans are 20% more likely to experience serious mental health problems than the general population.” (African American Mental Health. National Alliance on Mental Illness).

Many African Americans are reluctant to discuss mental illness and/or seek treatment because of the shame and stigma
associated with such. As a result, individuals in the black community often choose to suffer in silence rather than
acknowledging the issues. The lack of knowledge leads many to believe that mental illness is a personal weakness. Some reasons that prevent African-Americans from seeking treatment and receiving quality care include:
  • Lack of information and misunderstanding about mental health
  • Faith, spirituality and community
  • Reluctance and inability to access mental health services
  • Medications
  • Provider bias and inequality of care


Elena C. Moore, MSW Student
1st Vice-President, NABSW Office of Student Affairs
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio


Patrick Crawford, LCSW
President/CEO, Crawford Consulting and Mental Health Services, Inc.
Washington, DC

Rwenshaun Miller, MA
Founder/Executive Director, Eustress, Inc.
Charlotte, NC

Thekima Mayasa
Professor, Department Chair, Black Studies Department at San Diego Mesa College
San Diego, CA

Ronnie Sidney, MSW, LCSW

Founder, Creative Medicine: Healing Through Words, LLC.
Tappahannock, VA