Becoming an agent of social justice begins with taking one step. Through the services offered through Valenrich Wellness, Dr. Nadia M. Richardson is committed to positively impacting communities by actively promoting:
“Breaking the legacy of psychologically damaging oppression begins
by breaking the silence of discrimination and redefining strength
in a way that respects and values human variation.”
- Nadia M. Richardson, PhD -
Dr. Richardson at the 2013 Active Minds' National Mental Health on Campus Conference.
About the Valenrich Wellness Logo
Valens is Latin for strong, powerful and healthy. Valenrich Wellness seeks to enrich those qualities in all students by removing the stigma of mental health and fostering an acceptance of unique identities.
Valens (Latin for strong, powerful and healthy)
Within the Valenrich Wellness logo is the West African Adinkra symbol which means dwennimen or "ram's horns." According to the www.adinkra.org, the dwennimen symbolizes humility and strength.
Often times, when dealing with mental health, we insist on portraying an unrealistic image of strength that silences us from acknowledging our mental distress. Valenrich Wellness seeks to encourage honest conversations about mental wellness that dismantles stigma and makes room for all human experiences.
Dr. Richardson's Favorite Quotes
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
~ Nelson Mandela
Listening is as important to critical consciousness as is speaking from one's position.
~ Dr. Margaret Price
Tolerance is the virtue that teaches us to live with the different. It teaches us to learn from and respect the different.
~ Paulo Freire