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Fostering Dialogue on Gender, Sexuality, and Mental Health in AANHPI Communities

June 28, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am HST

Join us for an engaging workshop where facilitators will openly discuss their personal experiences and professional contributions in the fields of gender, sexuality, and mental health within educational and clinical contexts. Throughout the session, we will explore a diverse range of topics, including the transformative journey of coming out, the significance of visibility, effectively navigating generational disparities, recognizing the strengths and challenges in mental health, and the influential role of advocacy.

Who should come?

  • Educators
  • Mental health professionals
  • Community members for AANHPI communities  

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Workshop Facilitators

Dr. Kyoung Mi Choi (she/her or they/them) is a co-founder of International Safe Zone and the Queer Educators and Counselors Network. She fosters a safe space for college students, university staff, and faculty across various campuses (domestic and international). In her role as a professor in the Department of Counselor Education at San Jose State University, she teaches counseling theories and techniques for master’s level students in the field of school counseling and college counseling. To learn more about Dr. Kyoung Mi Choi’s work, please visit the following links: 


Dr. Lesther A. Papa (He/Him/Siya/Esuna) is an assistant professor of psychology at San José State University’s (SJSU) Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. He was born and raised on the westside of the island of Kauai to immigrant Filipinx parents.

Dr. Papa’s research focuses on the experiences of minoritized people in the form of microaggressions and examines racial/ethnic microaggression detection in higher education, misgendering of trans/non-binary individuals, colorism within the Filipinx community, and intersectional microaggressions toward queer/trans Black, Indigenous, people of color (QTBIPOC). His lab also focuses on training students who have minoritized identities as well and together they focus on making a difference in the lives of minoritized people.

Read Dr. Lesther Papa’s full bio.