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Counseling Center Advocates

The Counseling Center's Community Engagement team is made of licensed, professional staff available to provide workshops and other programming to students, staff, and faculty on a variety of topics. Our multicultural staff is also fluent or conversant in several languages (Fluency – Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, German, and Spanish; Conversant – French).

The online Counseling Center Community Engagement Request Form has been updated with a complete menu of offerings. Seminars, workshops, trainings or other programming will be conducted virtually via Zoom.

Jinaki Flint, PsyD | Community Engagement Coordinator/Racial Equity Advocate

The Counseling Center Advocates uphold the mission, goals, and values of the university pointed toward student success and retention. We have restructured our community engagement platform to offer more robust mental health programming for students and other campus partners. Our goals are to help educate campus communities on mental health issues, engage in proactive wellness practices, abolish mental health stigma and encourage healthy help seeking behaviors through a community of care. Honoring the intersections of every student, our Racial Equity Advocates are steadfast in the work of highlighting the needs of underrepresented students, supporting their emotional wellbeing, and providing them with safe spaces for body-mind healing.

Campus partner(s): All students and other campus partners, faculty, stakeholders

Racial equity partners: Office of Multicultural Affairs, Center for Public Service, and various student organizations

Ryan Judd, LMSW | International Student Advocate

The International Student Advocates are committed to engaging with Tulane's diverse international student community to better understand their needs related to mental health and well-being. The goal is to provide resources and workshops geared towards assisting international students overcome the barriers they face accessing and making use of mental health services on campus and in the community.

Ryan is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. 会讲中文

Campus partner(s): OISS (office of international students and scholars) and related student organizations

Jessica Chavez, PhD | Sexual Trauma/Eating Concerns Advocate

The Sexual Trauma and Eating Concerns Advocates partner with members of the Tulane community to address the impacts of sexual violence, oppressive body ideals, and eating concerns. The Advocates aim to empower all members of the Tulane community to find their unique paths to healing their minds and bodies.

Campus partner(s): The Campus Health Sexual Health and Trauma Team, the Campus Health Eating Concerns Team, and the Sexual Aggression Peer Hotline & Education (SAPHE)

Dani Archie, PhD | Gender and Sexual Diversity Advocate

The Gender and Sexual Diversity Advocates recognize both the particular challenges to mental health and unique strengths that come from possessing a LGBTQIA+ identity. Advocates seek to honor how other identities such as race, religion, ability status, national origin, socioeconomic status, etc., intersect with one’s gender and sexuality to influence mental health. They are dedicated to enhancing the mental health and wellness of Tulane’s LGBTQIA+ community by reducing barriers to treatment, providing culturally sensitive wellness programing, and building connections between the Counseling Center and Tulane’s LGBTQIA+ community.  

Campus partner(s): Office of Gender and Sexual Diversity, Tulane Campus Health’s LGBTQ+ Health & Wellness Collaborative Team, and various LGBTQIA+ student organizations.

Ginette Arguello, LMSW | Latinx Community Advocate

The Latinx Community Advocates stand firm with the beliefs that No Body is Illegal, Unity is Power and Families Belong Together. Our advocacy also includes UndocuAlly, DACAmented, and Immigrant students. Our goal is to celebrate our diverse cultures building lifetime alliances, raising awareness about immigrations issues, empowering culturally, racially, and ethnically diverse groups at Tulane.

Campus partner(s): OISS, UndocuAlly, (DACAmented, Immigrant Students), Center for Academic Equity, and Latinx student organizations (TU Gente, TU Latino)

Julius Austin, PhD | Substance Use Education Advocate

The Substance Use and Education Advocates aims to create an opportunity for the community to engage with tenets of substance use on a personal level with the hopes of helping individuals recognize, understand, and define substance use on campus. Our intent is to educate individuals by using a personalized and holistic approach – maintaining flexibility to fit the needs of the community being served.

Campus partner(s): TU Recovery Community, Greek Life (Greek Ambassadors, Fraternity & Sorority Programs), The Well, and various student organizations

Shawna Foose, LPC-S | Virtual Programming Advocate

The Virtual Programming Advocates utilize online platforms to develop and produce content accessible to our campus community from anywhere. Programs include weekly blog posts and our exciting weekly web series focused on mental health education and information, Well-Being Wednesdays created and co-hosted by Shawna Foose and Dr. Jinaki Flint. Visit our Virtual Programming webpage to engage with the wide array of topics and get to know our talented team at the Counseling Center.

Lindsey Sudduth, LCSW | Crisis Response Team

The tragic loss of life of a student on any college campus can be devastating to the campus community. Our crisis response team helps students process grief and loss and provides concerned students with appropriate support planning and strategies for healing.

Mathew Sobesky, PsyD | Engagement Leadership Advisor

Lead advisor for all community engagement programs and initiatives.

Charlesetta Beck | Patient Representative Advisor

Lead advisor for administrative processes and procedures that impact community engagement initiatives.