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The Health and Wellness of Migrants and Their Families

Mark your calendar for a two-part virtual event that will inform and inspire attendees. This year's Donald P. Lauda Wellness Lecture Series will feature Sonia Nazario, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Enrique’s Journey: The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother

The virtual event will provide a space to learn about complex immigration issues, engage in dialogue, and create a unified action plan to advance the health and wellness of migrants and their families. We encourage students, staff, faculty, and community members to join in this critically important conversation. 

Registration is required in order to receive Zoom links prior to the event. 

For disability-related accommodations, please contact the Bob Murphy Access Center at bmac@csulb.edu or (562) 985-5401 as soon as possible. It is requested that individuals requiring sign language interpreters or alternative format materials notify BMAC at least 72 hours in advance.  

Wednesday, November 18, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Part One // An Evening with Sonia Nazario

Sonia Nazario

The Annual Donald P. Lauda Wellness Lecture Series

Join us for a lecture and Q&A session with Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, Sonia Nazario, about her investigative reporting on migrant children and their families. During her talk, she will explore the life-threatening trauma that drives Central American parents to flee their home counties for the U.S. and the dangerous journeys children make to reunite with their families. Additionally, she will offer new insights and strategies to advance the health and wellness of migrants and their families.

Registration is required in order to receive Zoom links prior to the event. 

REGISTER FOR PART ONE - AN EVENING WITH SONIA NAZARIO

About Sonia Nazario

Sonia Nazario is an award-winning journalist whose stories have tackled some of this country’s most intractable problems — hunger, drug addiction, immigration — and have won some of the most prestigious journalism and book awards.

She is best known for Enrique's Journey her story of a Honduran boy’s struggle to find his mother in the U.S. Published as a series in the Los Angeles Times, "Enrique's Journey" won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 2003. It was turned into a book by Random House and became a national bestseller.

Her recent humanitarian efforts to get lawyers for unaccompanied migrant children led to her selection as the 2015 Don and Arvonne Fraser Human Rights Award recipient by the Advocates for Human Rights. She also was named a 2015 Champion of Children by First Focus and a 2015 GoldenDoor award winner by HIAS Pennsylvania. In 2016, the American Immigration Council gave her the American Heritage Award. Also in 2016, the Houston Peace & Justice Center honored her with their National Peacemaker Award.

Nazario, who grew up in Kansas and in Argentina, has written extensively from Latin America and about Latinos in the United States. She has been named among the most influential Latinos by Hispanic Business Magazine and a “trendsetter” by Hispanic Magazine. In 2012 Columbia JournalismReview named Nazario among “40 women who changed the media business in the past 40.” In 2018, she given the Spirit of HOPE (Hispanas Organized for Political Equality) Award.

She is a graduate of Williams College and has a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She has honorary doctorates from Mount St. Mary’s College and Whittier College. She began her career at the Wall Street Journal and later joined the Los Angeles Times. She is now at work on her second book.

For more info about Sonia Nazario: 

About The Annual Donald P. Lauda Wellness Lecture Series

Donald P. Lauda, Dean of the College of Health and Human Services from 1983-2002, envisioned the annual wellness lecture as a community forum for exploring important health and wellness issues. Kaiser Permanente shared his vision and provided funds to begin an endowment to establish a lecture series. In 2002, the Donald P. Lauda Wellness Lectureship was established to bring knowledge to the CSULB campus and the community-at-large through an innovative series of presentations by renowned experts in mental, physical, and spiritual health.


Friday, November 20 | 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Part Two // Beach 2030 Follow-up

Breakout Discussion

After attending Part One: An Evening with Sonia Nazario, participate in a breakout discussion group about the specific actions our campus and community can take to improve the health and wellness of migrants and their families.

Registration is required in order to receive Zoom links prior to the event. 

Register for Part Two - Beach 2030 Follow-up

Open Call for Student Volunteers

After attending Part One: An Evening with Sonia Nazario, be the designated notetaker for Part Two - Beach 2030 Follow-Up breakout discussion. Your notes will be used to create a unified action plan that promotes the health, wellness, and safety of migrants and their families.

Apply now if you are a CSULB undergraduate or graduate student who can:

  • Type at least 40 words per minute
  • Commit to attending a quick note-taking training during the week of November 9th
  • Commit to attending Part One - An Evening with Sonia Nazario on Wednesday, November 18th from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Commit to taking notes for a discussion group during Part Two - Beach 2030 Follow-up on Friday, November 20th from 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Apply to volunteer by Friday, October 30th, 2020.

Student Volunteer Application

Open Call for Faculty Facilitators

After attending Part One: An Evening with Sonia Nazario, be a designated breakout group facilitator for Part Two - Beach 2030 Follow-Up. As a facilitator, you will lead a discussion group that will help us create a unified action plan that promotes the health, wellness, and safety of migrants and their families.

Apply now if you are a CSULB faculty member who can:

  • Confidently facilitate a discussion group
  • Commit to attending a one-hour facilitator training on Monday, November 9th from 12-1 PM or Thursday, November 12th from 12-1 PM
  • Commit to attending Part One - An Evening with Sonia Nazario on Wednesday, November 18th from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Commit to facilitating a discussion group during Part Two - Beach 2030 Follow-up on Friday, November 20th from 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Apply to volunteer by Friday, October 30th, 2020.

Faculty Facilitator Application 


Event Moderator

Melawhy GarciaDr. Melawhy Garcia | Moderator

Melawhy Garcia is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Science at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and the Director of the Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation, and Leadership Training. She received a B.A. in Psychology and an M.P.H. in Community Health Science from CSULB. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego/ San Diego State University (UCSD/SDSU) Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Behavior Research. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Women’s Cardiovascular Research Center in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UCSD.

Collaborators

  • CSULB Center for Latino Community Health, Evaluation and Leadership Training
  • CSULB Dream Success Center
  • CSULB College of Health and Human Services Faculty Council 
  • CSULB School of Social Work Policy Sequence Faculty
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Long Beach Unit