Dannie Bell is a sophomore at Harvard College pursuing a degree in Environmental Science and Engineering with a secondary in Music. She is a member of the Radcliffe Choral Society and is an editor for the Crimson’s magazine, Fifteen Minutes. She enjoys writing songs on her ukulele, travelling, and exploring in the form of running/walking/hiking. She became a certified yoga instructor in Costa Rica in the summer of 2021. She is also Steve’s cousin.
Kaelyn Huang is a freshman at UC Berkeley where she finds interest in behavioral sciences and works to end the stigma surrounding mental health. Kaelyn is an insightful and motivated individual with future aspirations to pursue a career in neurobiology and act as a voice for individuals in her community. She hopes to not only continue her work as a mental health advocate, but also to take advantage of the present in order to lead to novel self discoveries.
Jay Wang (he/him), M.S., is currently a MPH candidate in community health practice. He has worked with a variety of non-profits within different disciplines, including AIDS Foundation Houston, Mother’s Milk Bank at Austin, and The Steve Foundation. Jay currently serves as a volunteer for R.O.A.D. and is an associate board member for the National Runaway Safeline. His current passions and interests include BIPOC youth, homeless populations, LGBTQ+ health, mental health, and much, much more!
The SpeakOnIt! podcast brings together students and professionals to discuss topics relating to mental health and the challenges that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color may face during their academic and professional careers. Listen to Season 1 NOW!
Episode 1, Resilience v. Persistence, our primary hosts, Dannie, Jay, and Kaelyn discuss their perspectives on the conversation regarding resilience and persistence.
Episode 2, Mentorship in Higher Education, Youth Advisory Board member Danyelle Williams, and Dr. Kia Darling-Hammond join us to discuss ways students and mentors can navigate the mentor-mentee relationship.
Episode 3, Graduation and Life Goals, we are joined by Dr. Michael Fu, and Dr. La’Tonya Reese Miles discuss ways to navigate life expectations, milestones, and how there is no one “right” way to reach your goals in life.
Episode 4, Expectations: What Are They? Where Do They Come From?, Selorna Ackuayi and Dr. David Rivera provide their expertise on how to navigate and process multiple sources of expectations and stressors.
Episode 5, Success: What It Means to Students, Sedina Ackuayi and Dr. Janice Beal join Dannie, Jay, and Kaelyn dissect success and multiple perspectives on what it means to students.
Episode 6, How to Get Out of Your Shell and Find Your Home Away From Home, Kaelyn and Dannie probe the brilliant minds of Lauren Westbrook McIntosh and Dr. Michelle Maidenburg for the key to social wellness in college.
Episode 7, Getting the Most Out of Your College Years, we have Jon Mirador and Jason Rose for a conversation on getting the most of our college years. We discuss the different ways to make the most with your education and adding our personal insights.
Episode 8, Gap Years and Sabbaticals, we talk with Rhea Bennett and share our experiences with taking gap years.
Episode 9, Advocacy and Listening, Youth Advisory Board members Jasmine Geyen and Jonea Ahoussoussi join us to discuss advocacy in mental health and the real world. We delve into the idea of what it means in choosing to listen and making people heard.
Episode 10, Blood v. Chosen Family, Theron McInnis and Dr. Kia Darling-Hammond join us to discuss the importance of belonging and how family (blood and/or chosen) plays a vital role in this phenomenon.
Episode 11, Competition in Higher Education, Youth Advisory Board member Chevaughn Wellington joins Jay and Dannie to discuss the drawbacks of hypercompetitive environments. They also come up with ways to navigate these spaces successfully and with a healthy mind.
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