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Amsterdam News featured Pace graduate Jessica Thomas in "Jessica Thomas’s mental health support and advocacy for inclusivity"

07/30/2020

Amsterdam News featured Pace graduate Jessica Thomas in "Jessica Thomas’s mental health support and advocacy for inclusivity"

As a Black, first-generation immigrant, Thomas discusses her experience going to Pace University for her bachelor’s degree.

“There was definitely a class dynamic,” Thomas said. “There were very few people that looked like me, which played a role in showing that I care, taking up space and finding places of support.”

After working at Pace’s counseling and LGBTQIA centers, Thomas noticed that many of the students shared the same issues of stress and transitioning into a new stage of their life away from their families. She noticed the disparity between who would usually take advantage of mental health resources.

“I hoped that more Black people and people of color were represented there,” Thomas said. “We deserve to have safe spaces where we don’t have to explain ourselves.”

She believes that Pace sparked her interest in pursuing psychology, but continuing her education at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology solidified her passion for the profession to become a therapist.

Now, Thomas (MHC, CASSC-P) works as a mental health and substance abuse counselor at Viva Wellness. 

Read the full Amsterdam News article.