Sexual Harassment, Assault, Molestation and Girls and Women of Color: Victims, Visibility, Voices, and Silence

Join Dr. Donnamaria Culbreth, Dr. Julie Jung and guests for a poignant discussion focusing on the psychological, emotional, physical and social traumas of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and sexual molestation, etc. experienced by girls and women of color. Topics also include victims’ visibility, voices and silence.

Thursday, December 28, 2017 at 8:00 pm EST

Listen to the show live at: Complexity Talk Radio – Complexity Live

Listener Line:  Call in to listen to the show, ask questions, share or comment by dialing 323-642-1562

Guests include:

Dr.  Nakisha Castillo

Dr. Castillo, a native Jamaican, is an educator who earned a BS in Social Work, MS in Marital and Family Therapy, and a Doctorate of Marital and Family Therapy (DMFT). Employment experiences include serving as a therapist for a transitional housing shelter in Loma Linda, CA, a clinical coordinator of a foster care program for Riverside County Department of Education and Loma Linda University,  a clinical therapist for the Riverside County Department of Mental Health, and teaches in the Department of Counseling and Family Science at LLU. Currently Dr. Castillo teaches in the School of Arts and Science and directs three psychology campus programs at Brandman University.

In addition to being a published scholar, a prolific writer, a diligent teacher, and a powerful leader, Dr. Castillo is a licensed Marital and Family Therapy (LMFT) Therapist who specializes in working with the unserved and underserved population. In addition, she enjoys working with the homeless population.

Dr. Castillo’s research focuses on community mental health and interventions for the severely mentally ill. In addition, to developing training programs for clinical providers, her interests also include providing the best form of mental health services to the minority population, working with the severely mentally ill on issues of spirituality in the therapy room, training future clinicians to serve, and student success in higher education.

Dr. Castillo enjoys teaching and conducting presentations that provide education to the public on the difference between mental health and illness. She is passionate about educating individuals on how to decrease suffering and increase hope. Her motto is E2=hope.

Dr. Michele Meservie-Montecalvo

Michele Meservie Montecalvo is a Health Educator by academic training and a born urban educator. Raised by a single mother, Michele has always understood the price women pay for equality. Her mother, Rosemary has continued to be her most memorable mentor and muse. It took her Mother over thirty years to complete her undergraduate degree, with many semesters scraping the funds together to pay for tuition, while Michele sat alone in the college library. It is only ironic now that Michele is a college professor. Stubbornness, tenacity, and grit are three words that define her lineage.

Starting her career in Health Education as a Peer Educator on the streets on Jersey City, NJ distributing safer sex kits to at-­‐risk youth, like herself.  She was able to thrive because of strong, powerful, and meaningful female mentors.  Stumbling often and using failures to push forward in many adversarial times has positioned her to continue to advocate for body autonomy, consensual sexual pleasure, and culturally competent medical engagement. Advocating for and with others has been her drive and purpose.

Today she is an Assistant Professor of Health Care Management and Health Promotion at the esteemed St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights, NY. It has been a wild, unexpected and completely worthwhile journey. She is also the mother of twin boys. Her first priority is to raise her sons’ with the understanding of respect for all women.

With over fifteen years experience in formal & informal teaching health and medical related subjects, Dr. Montecalvo loves creative projects, innovative health pedagogy, and enhancing healthcare through the eyes of the user. Dr. Montecalvo has a determined vision to engage restorative justice and gratitude, for all women, to help us rise together.

Mrs. Loretta Moore

Mrs. Moore is an African American female writer residing in Dover, Delaware. She is married, the mother of three, and grandmother of eight. She is a multi-published author with several novels and plays to her credit. Other published works include poems, essays, and short stories in several magazines and journals.

Presently, two of her plays are in the hands of theaters in Philadelphia, PA and Roanoke, VA. She has a college degree in English and has received literary and theatrical recognition and awards. Loretta belongs to an honor society and other laudable organizations, and volunteers in her community and church.

Latest books:

  • The Color of Murder by Loretta Moore,,,
  • The Light of Day by Loretta Moore,
  • The Way of Love by Loretta Moore,
  • Bottom Tales and Others by Loretta Moore,,

Dr. Lata Murti

Dr. Murti is an Associate Professor of Sociology for the School of Arts and Sciences at Brandman University.  She led the revision of the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology Program, designing a competitive and cutting-edge curriculum with practical and professional relevance. The recipient of Brandman’s 2015 Outstanding University Faculty of the Year Award, Dr. Murti has received recognition for both her pedagogy and her publications, from organizations such as the National Institute of Learning Outcomes Assessment, the National Center for Institutional Diversity, and Universal Publishers’, which selected her dissertation on the racial experience of Indian immigrant doctors for its 2015 Annual Excellence Award.


Ms. M. Yvonne Taylor

Ms. Taylor is a writer, educator, strategic communicator, and mother. She earned a B.A in English with a minor in psychology from the University of Houston and a master of liberal arts degree from Southern Methodist University. She has worked as a strategic communicator in various roles in higher education, for businesses large and small, and in the media. A former high school AP and community-college English instructor, Yvonne has written essays and op-eds for xoJane and the Houston Chronicle. Her most recent topics covered the removal of Confederate statues from the public square and expanding the #metoo campaign to include men.




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