SOLES Celebrates Black History Month: Student Spotlight with Amanda Gunn

A photo and quote from Amanda Gunn

In observance of Black History Month, Amanda Gunn shares her perspective on the importance of celebrating the Black community. Amanda is a student in our School Based Clinical Counseling program and a Mental Health Specialist for Lakeside Unified School District. 

Why do you feel it's important to recognize Black History Month?

Black history month is a time to celebrate black stories, black narratives, and the black experience that is left out of everyday conversation. Black history is so rich it should be celebrated beyond February.

What does Black History Month mean to you?

Black history month is about the resiliency and success of black people. Understanding black history and the strength of black people has pushed me to be comfortable with who I am, and pursue my goals without apology.

Which historical Black figure is most inspiring to you?

Mamie Phillips Clark, PhD

What do you hope is accomplished during the month of celebration and recognition?

I hope to create awareness in the classroom about the unique issues and challenges BIPOC face with access to mental health.

Anything else you would like to add?

I am my ancestors and mine wildest dreams. We should listen to black voices beyond a month, BIPOC stories should be in the forefront of Academics.


Rachelle Martinez
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