Cynthia Lucero's Mom Interview Part I and II - English Version

Posted on December 11,2010 by pfuentesmoadmspp

These entry was originally posted in Spanish in two parts.

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Tagged Personal Growth, Social Responsibility, Latino Mental Health

Cynthia Lucero's Mom Interview Part II

Posted on December 05,2010 by pfuentesmoadmspp

Continuando la entrevista de la madre de Cynthia, Marta me comentó que cuando Cynthia estudiaba, ella nunca se olvidaba de sus compañeros. Cada año, Cynthia mandaba a su madre distintas cosas para que su madre las repartiera a sus amigos. Cynthia siempre fue una persona que procuraba a sus amigos. De esta forma podemos ver cómo es que a Cynthia le era importante mantenerse cerca de las personas queridas, así como ayudar a aquellos que lo necesitaban. Por ejemplo, al llegar a Boston, Cynthia participó en el programa del "hermano menor"; también ayudaba a un chico en otro país mandándole dinero y tarjetas vía correo para que el chico pudiera salir adelante en sus estudios.

La señora Marta me comentó cómo ella espera la llegada de los jóvenes de MSPP a Ecuador, ya que ella puede ver la mirada de su hija en cada uno de los jóvenes que viajan a Ecuador como parte del Programa Latino de MSPP. La madre de Cynthia me platicó algunas anécdotas que muestran el gran corazón y aportación humana de Cynthia. Una de éstas anécdotas es la siguiente: "Un día entraron muchas hormigas a la habitación de Cynthia, y ella le decía a su padre, - Papito, aquí hay muchas hormigas - A lo que el padre respondió, - tú tienes la culpa ya que eres muy dulce y las hormigas te persiguen".

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Cynthia Lucero's Mom Interview Part I

Posted on November 28,2010 by pfuentesmoadmspp

Last October, I had the opportunity of speaking with an amazing woman, Marta, who is Cynthia Lucero’s mom about her life, their non-profit organization and the message that Cynthia Lucero carried out to others through her life. It is through her family, these messages, and actions that Cynthia keeps touching the lives of many people throughout the globe.

Here you can read parts of the interview in Spanish, I will soon translate it to English so that it can be accessible to all. Due to the length and depth of the interview, it will be divided in parts, as I feel we all have so much to learn from Cynthia and also from her wonderful family.

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Tagged Personal Growth, Social Responsibility, Latino Mental Health

"It Gets Better"

Posted on October 21,2010 by sburnsmspp

With all of the tragic events currently taking place with queer-identified children/teens/young adults, I wanted to share this powerful "It Gets Better" speech by Councilman Joel Burns. As a future clinician, you may be working with the LGBT population. At MSPP, you will learn how to feel like a more competent counselor dealing with diversity issues. You will write many reflection papers about your biases and prejudices that have come from societal and familial messages. Take 12 minutes out of your day, and listen to this moving speech:

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Tagged Social Responsibility, Counseling Psychology

Gay Straight Alliance

Posted on October 18,2010 by sburnsmspp

This fall, MSPP started an LGBTQ interest group for students, faculty, and staff. The group is currently being called the Gay Straight Alliance. I interviewed the group’s two faculty co-chairs, Dr. Jessica Stahl and Dr. Sara Orozco, in order to find out more about the purpose of the group and how students can get involved. This is what I learned:

Q: What are the purpose and goals of the group?

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Tagged Social Responsibility, Counseling Psychology