#NoFilter: Mental Health Workshops with Mimi Khúc

Sunday, October 7th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Sarratt 325/327

On October 7th, the Asian American Student Association and the Center for Student Wellbeing will be hosting 2 mental health workshops with Mimi Khúc, who came to speak at the MHS Hacking Psychiatry discussion, last spring!

Mimi Khúc, PhD, is a writer, scholar, and teacher of things unwell. Her research interests include race and mental health, queer of color feminist critique, religion and magic, and Asian American motherhood. She is an adjunct professor of Asian American studies, American studies, religious studies, and women+gender studies, and the managing editor of The Asian American Literary Review, a DC-based arts nonprofit.

These workshops are for everyone, and it’s going to be a unique take on mental health. If you have any questions, email Alyson Win at alyson.k.win@vanderbilt.edu.  Signups are due Thursday, October 4th at 12 PM – forms available here!  See further details here.

DESCRIPTIONS:
Living and Dying on Campus: A Discussion on Mental Health (10 AM-12 PM): A conversation with Dr. Mimi Khúc on how we define and understand mental health. Do our definitions capture the shape and depth of our suffering and what kinds of caring that suffering necessitates? How can we expand our understanding of unwellness and develop new tools for care? And how can we ask our universities to take responsibility for our wellness and unwellness, and become structures of care in order to support us to foster the kinds of mental health we want for ourselves? Participants will discuss approaches to mental health and work together to develop new strategies for their own wellbeing.

Why We Feel Like We Owe Everything to Our Immigrant Parents: A Conversation on Filial Debt (1 PM-3 PM): Do you feel a sense of debt to your families? Do you feel like you owe your parents for their sacrifices? This workshop will discuss the concept of filial debt, where it comes from, how it shapes relationships in immigrant families, and how it affects second-generation Asian Americans (the children of immigrants). Participants will gain new tools for understanding their own family dynamics, reflect on how to navigate what can feel all-consuming, and have the opportunity to write the letters to their parents that they’ve always needed to write.

Co-Sponsored by: The Center for Student Wellbeing, The office of Inclusive Excellence, The Center for Medicine, Health, & Society, The Multicultural Leadership Council, and the University Counseling Center.

Hosted by: The Asian American Student Association

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