September 21st - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

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Hispanic/Latin(o/a/x) Heritage Month Panel Discussion on Mental Health Awareness of Hispanic/Latin(o/a/x) Students and Families

Members of the Equity Ambassadors program will host a discussion with Wendy Bundy, Youth Adult Coordinator for the National Alliance on Mental Illness and María del Rocío Barrios Rottmann, Guatemala-American young adult and member of the Youth Move Virginia Advisory Board. Also participating in the discussion, Oswaldo Moreno, Ph.D., director of La Esperanza research program at Virginia Commonwealth University.


Wednesday, September 21st


6:00 PM to 7:30 PM


Participation is via Team Live Event at

Recertification Points

2 Points ( Pending)

Presenter Biographies

Wendy Bundy

Wendy Bundy is the Youth and Young Adult Coordinator for NAMI Virginia. In this role, Wendy is responsible for overseeing NAMI signature and non-signature programs serving youth and young adults, including NAMI on Campus, NAMI Ending the Silence, the Youth Move Virginia Advisory Board, Youth MOVE Youth Groups and Say It Out Loud. She also plans and implements trainings and opportunities for youth/young adults with mental health and co-occurring needs to develop their voice around those experiences to promote their own recovery journey and to inform system transformation. Prior to joining NAMI as a staff member, Wendy was active with the NAMI as a volunteer. She has lived experience with mental health and trauma, which is what drew her to NAMI and its mission. Wendy is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) and holds master's degrees in criminal justice and library science. Passionate about advocacy and breaking the stigma of mental health, she enjoys sharing her story/experiences to influence system change and help others realize they are not alone.

María del Rocío Barrios Rottmann

María is a Guatemalan-American young adult and current member of Youth Move Virginia's Advisory Board. She joined the board in June of this year, after completing the Resilience Workshop offered by our organization. Since joining the board, she has participated in regular meetings, including planning for our upcoming NAMI Walks Fundraising event in October. She has also trained to be a facilitator of future Resilience Workshop offerings. As a disabled Latina, Maria brings a multicultural perspective to the table. This perspective is unique and provides another thought approach to contribute to a diversity of ideas.

Oswaldo Moreno, Ph.D.

Oswaldo Moreno, Ph.D., is the director of La Esperanza research program and an assistant professor in the counseling psychology program at Virginia Commonwealth University. He earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Clark University, conducted pre-doctoral residency training at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology at Boston University School of Medicine and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Brown University School of Public Health. Broadly, his research involves understanding and addressing the mental healthcare disparities in the United States that affect individuals from low-income and racial/ethnic minority backgrounds. His research program includes both applied and basic research that lie at the intersection of cognitive-behavioral theories, prevention science, and cultural and contextual approaches including psychology of religion and spirituality. His research projects have included randomized control trials, evidenced-based practices, culturally sensitive interventions, prevention for Latine youth and families, as well as substance use and mood disorders.

Dr. Moreno is an APA Minority Fellow and a research fellow with the National Hispanic Science Network’s Early Stage Career Mentoring for NIDA Research program.

Geovani Muñoz

Geovani Muñoz is a Ph.D. student in the counseling psychology doctoral program at VCU. Before VCU, Geovani received his bachelor’s degree in psychology with a

minor in political science from Cal Poly Pomona. His research interests are reducing mental health disparities among ethnic minority children, adolescents, and families through evidence-based practices and investigating methods that increase the academic success of ethnic minority communities. Overall, Geovani is invested in increasing mental health services for the Latine/Hispanic community and other ethnic minority populations.

Isis Garcia-Rodriguez

Isis Garcia-Rodriguez is a Ph.D. student in the counseling psychology doctoral program at VCU. Before VCU, Isis received her bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in sociology and health society at Suffolk University. Her research interests include legal status, parent-child relationships, systemic factors (e.g., public policy), immigration, immigration trauma, and overall adolescent health in Latine mixed-status families. Overall, Isis is invested in continuing to engage with the Hispanic/Latine community and contribute through interdisciplinary research, clinical practice, policy, and advocacy.

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