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The Impact of Immigrant Students’ Critical Consciousness on Higher-Education Outcomes

Jun 16 2020 - 4:45pm

Germán A. Cadenas studies the link between the development of critical consciousness and Hispanic DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students’ intent to persist at public universities.

During a time of political unrest in his homeland of Venezuela, a young Germán Cadenas accompanied his mother and brother to Arizona, where his father was working to send money back home to support the family. “We came just to be with my father for Christmas,” he says. “We wanted to see him and be together.”

Dr. Germán A. Cadenas Joins the Podcast Undocumented Black Girl with Denea Joseph

Jun 16 2020 - 4:30pm

Dr. Germán A. Cadenas joined in on the popular podcast "The Undocumented Black Girl" with with Denea Joseph. The topic focused on cultural competency in the mental health profession as related to Black Lives Matter. Dr. Cadenas is an assistant professor with the Lehigh Counseling Psychology program.

A Guide to Providing Mental Health Services to Immigrants Impacted by Changes to DACA and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Apr 27 2020 - 8:45pm

Stress, fear, and anxiety are familiar negative emotions during the COVID-19 pandemic, but these states of emotions are all too common for individuals impacted by the immigration system. During this unprecedented time, DACA recipients battle against the pandemic as well as an impending Supreme Court decision on the fate of the DACA program. This further complicates the mental health experiences of DACA recipients, as they cope with a crisis that adds further uncertainty to their futures. 

Dr. Chris Liang Weighs In "Going To Therapy Can Be Hard, Especially For Immigrants — Here's How To Start"

Jan 30 2020 - 9:00am

Immigrants face unique stressors that may contribute to mental health problems — and are less likely to seek help for them. Here are some of the best ways for immigrant communities to start therapy. The immigrant community faces a number of stressors. Pursuing citizenship, legal residency and much of the rhetoric surrounding immigration can be anxiety-inducing. And while immigrants often face unique stressors that can contribute to mental health problems, research shows that they are less likely to seek help. Financial barriers, privacy concerns and social stigma tend to get in the way.

New Immigration Coalition Forms at Lehigh

Oct 11 2019 - 1:30pm

Two years ago, amid the liveliness of the first weeks of a new academic year, Vicki Jagdeo ’21 sensed a certain quietness around the Lehigh campus—not the usual type of quietness, as there was certainly an energy among students who were reuniting after summer vacation. Instead, Jagdeo was noticing a lack of conversation about immigration, even as the issue of U.S. border security raged in the news.