Caring Classrooms and Communities: Supporting Mendocino County Students' Mental Health Needs Now and Beyond the Pandemic

March 30, 2021

The Mendocino College Symposium announces the next virtual lecture in the series:

Speaker: Vincent Poturica

Many Mendocino County students have been affected by trauma related to poverty, wildfires, racism, and other issues. Students' responses to trauma and subsequent mental health struggles have been amplified during the COVID-19 pandemic. In his talk, Vincent Poturica will explore the data, how we can better care for students (particularly at the college-level), and how we might provide more consistent support resources throughout the county.

Speaker Bio: Vincent lives in Fort Bragg with his wife and two kids. He loves teaching writing and literature at Mendocino College. Before coming here, he taught in Kansas, Florida, and Southern California, and worked as a journalist in Sri Lanka and Minnesota. Vincent also writes fiction and poetry, which appears in New England Review, DIAGRAM, Western Humanities Review, and Best Small Fictions 2021. He holds a B.A. from Carleton College and an M.F.A. from the University of Florida.

For a direct link to the webinar, visit www.mendocino.edu/symposium

At Mendocino College, part of our Mission is to be an intellectual, economic, and cultural anchor for the region. It is our responsibility and honor to act in a leading public role in the district. Many Americans today are standing up and demanding change throughout the US and in their own communities. This is not an easy time, but it is an important one. Change and open, honest discussions are needed.

To better serve our community, we have launched a public lecture series focused on our social and community challenges. This series features our professors speaking on topics of interest/research for them and invited speakers from or outside the community sharing their experiences and expertise. These lectures are a forum for our students and our community to explore the challenges facing our home and our country. We hope this series provides a chance to learn, examine, and grow in positive and meaningful ways as we strive for a more equitable world where we come closer to achieving the promises of the American Dream for equality, justice, and opportunity.

30 second PSA:

The next lecture in the Mendocino College Symposium series is scheduled for Tuesday, April thirteenth at six p.m. In his lecture, titled “Caring Classrooms and Communities: Supporting Mendocino County Students' Mental Health Needs Now and Beyond the Pandemic,” Assistant Professor of English Vincent Poturica will discuss how we can better care for Mendocino County students who have been affected by trauma related to poverty, wildfires, racism, and other issues. For more information, visit mendocino.edu/symposium.