Tuesday, May 7th, 2024
4:00 – 5:30pm PT | 7:00 – 8:30pm ET

Asian American and Pacific Islander teens are often overlooked by mental health services due to the model minority myth. Even when AAPI students may look like they are “doing well”, they can mask underlying issues of anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. In fact, we know that there has been a recent increase in mental health needs in this population due to factors like the isolation caused by the Covid-19, rise in AAPI discrimination and hate and the continued lack of access to mental health services. Special focus will also be given to AAPI LGBTQ youth’s mental health outcomes and suicide risk. This webinar will give participants compelling data and practical resources to better support the mental health of AAPI students.

A recording of the event will be sent to all registrants on May 8th.

Who should attend

Parents/Caregivers, Educators, Administrators, Counselors, Students, Clinicians


Virtual / Online


Free Event

Meet The Presenters

Lisa (Li-Hsiang) Chang

Li Hsiang (Lisa) Chung (she/her) is the College and Career Counselor/Specialist at La Canada High School at La Canada, CA.  Prior to joining the La Canada Unified School District, Lisa served as the Engineering and Medical Academy Counselor at John Burroughs High School in Burbank, CA. Lisa started her high school counseling career over 20 years ago at Granada Hills Charter High School, the largest charter school in the nation, and has continuously worked at public schools to empower students and improve student outcomes.  Previously, Lisa worked as an adjunct professor at the California Lutheran University Graduate School of Education and at the University of California San Diego as a Senior Learning Skills Counselor in the Department of Psychiatry.  Lisa holds a B.A. Psychology with a Chinese Studies Minor from the University of California San Diego and a M.A. Ed with Emphasis on School Counseling from the University of Redlands.

Christine (Chris) Loo

Chris Loo has been a college counselor for over ten years. She is currently Co-Director of College Counseling at The Stony Brook School (SBS), where she works with a diverse student population. A college counselor for over 10 years, she has also dedicated time to be involved in NACAC and ACCIS as a member of their AAPI SIGs. She is also a new member of NACAC’s Board of Directors. Additionally, she has served as a reader for the APIA Scholarship program. Previously, she was a member of NACAC’s Committee on Inclusion, Access and Success. 

Chris Loo’s interest in exploring and discussing issues of diversity stem from her own experience as a Korean-American immigrant and her work with students from all over the world at SBS, where she serves as the faculty advisor for the Asian Student Union. The best part of her job, hands down, is getting to know students by listening to their stories. A recent empty nester, she lives in Long Island with her husband and miniature schnauzer. In her spare time, she enjoys eating really good Asian food, reading and engaging in thoughtful and meaningful conversation. She holds both a B.A. in American History and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania.

Kimberly Tsai Cawkwell

A first-generation Taiwanese American, mother, educator, and creative, Kimberly Tsai Cawkwell has served over thirteen years in the education ecosystem. As the Director of Programs at Challenge Success, Kimberly is honored to be in community with others to advocate for equitable systems and practices that nurture wellbeing, belonging and engagement for all. In addition to her work at Challenge Success, Kimberly currently serves as an Educational Advisor at the High Tech High (HTH) Graduate School of Education; supporting M.Ed students in developing culturally sustaining/responsive pedagogy in their school spaces. 

Growing up as a multilingual learner in a semi-isolated motel next to a busy New Orleans expressway, living through the duality of American and Taiwanese cultures, and experiencing teaching and learning in variety of settings around the globe, Kimberly has developed a unique lens for culturally responsive environments and an insatiable desire to center student voices in classrooms. Through the opportunities to learn from students in her own classrooms to students from diverse corners of our globe, Kimberly believes deeply in student-driven transformative learning that sparks a common love and joy to seek knowledge. As she continues to support systemic change that lifts up student voices and honors the passions and identities of all students, Kim is grateful for the invaluable knowledge gained from others, holds humility as a practitioner and mentor for Deeper Learning practices, and is continuously inspired by the beautiful humans who are called to serve youth.

Prior to joining CS, Kim was a founder of two High Tech Elementary (HTe) project-based learning schools, a former coach and design specialist at the University of San Diego, New Tech Network, and Center for Love & Justice.. She holds a B.A. from the University of California, Riverside and M.Ed and multiple-subjects credential from the University of California, San Diego. When she’s not designing and facilitating learning, Kim might be found spending quality time with her two daughters, loving spouse, and family in Oceanside, San Gabriel, and Taichung. Her core values are family, joy, and equity.