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Session 2 of The Needs and Joys of our (Im)migrant* Students, Families and Community Partners: Fronterismo - Supporting Transborder School Mental Health

3:00pm - May 17, 2021 thru 5:00pm - May 17, 2021 | Timezone: US/Pacific
Pacific Southwest MHTTC
Registration Deadline: May 17, 2021
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The Needs and Joys of our (Im)migrant Students, Families, and Community Partners: Exploring and Expanding Our School Mental Health Practice

Session 2: Fronterismo - Supporting Transborder School Mental Health


Join the Pacific Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center for a special three-part series followed by a four-part learning community focused on (im)migrant student mental health. Through this program, we hope to: 

  • Deepen our understanding and awareness of the unique gifts, strengths, and challenges students with (im)migration stories hold

  • Explore practical strategies to apply and deepen our work 

  • Examine the What + Howwhat are the issues + how do we then take the what and impact our school mental health practice?


Together, we discuss and unpack nuances of students who are (im)migrants, newcomers, undocumented, transborder learners so that we can strengthen our school mental health systems, services, practices, and policies. 


Please note that while this program has a special focus on students who identify as Latino/a/x,  Chican@, and Mexican-American, all are welcome and much can be related to other student identities with shared experiences. 


Invited learners: school mental health professional associations (school psychology, counselors, psychiatry, teacher education programs, school social workers), community-based mental health providers who partner with schools in our Center’s region (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and U.S. Pacific Islands of American Samoa, Guam, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, and Palau). 

For more information about the series, visit the series page.


Session 2: Fronterismo - Supporting Transborder School Mental Health


When:  Monday, May 17, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. PT (view your time zone)


(Mon.) 6-8 p.m. ET / 3-5 p.m. PT / 12-2 p.m. HT / 11 a.m.-1 p.m. American Samoa

(Tues.) 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Marshall Islands / 9-11 a.m. Pohnpei, Kosrae / 8-10 a.m. Guam, Chuuk, Yap, Northern Mariana Islands /  7-9 a.m. Palau

Faculty: Claudia Gonzalez and Alicia Arambula


The number of transborder studentsstudents that regularly cross land borders to access an education in the United Statesis difficult to capture, but with 1,954 miles of borderland between the United States and Mexico, this number is easily in the thousands. Transborder students, like immigrant children, often live in the shadows. Their lives are complex, and navigating some of the busiest ports of entry in the world while balancing not being seen and at the same time being successful in school, can be tolling. This webinar addresses common school mental health challenges and celebrations of immigrant, mixed status, and transborder students. Together, we explore how to develop environments in schools that are trauma sensitive and reinforce sustainable systems of support via a cultural lens of the transborder and immigrant experience, while taking into consideration the challenges that have been exacerbated through COVID-19 and distance learning.


To deepen our awareness about (im)migrant student experiences, we: 

  1. Become more familiar with transborder student experiences.
  2. Explore the policies that impact our student population and the resources available to support us.

  3. Gain practical information that might increase confidence to provide support to transborder students and their families (including how MTSS might be adapted to border considerations).