Diana comes from a background in higher education prior to JED where she worked for 12 years gaining experience in college counseling, student affairs and academic services. Her most recent role was as Director of Counseling/Assistant Dean of Academic Services. She is a licensed, national certified mental health counselor and a registered 500 hour yoga teacher. She is also certified as a Koru Mindfulness teacher and is trained as a Dare to Lead leader.
The World Health Organization defines “mental health” “as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.” In using this definition, S2i recognizes that some mental health challenges reflect brain diseases that, like physical diseases, require appropriate stigma-free and patient-centered care and include both mental health and substance use disorders. Other mental health challenges stem from social conditions and marginalization and require different forms of interventions.