ABOUT THE WELLNESS INITIATIVE IN SOCIAL ECOLOGY
The Wellness Initiative in Social Ecology also known as WISE is a new and rising wellness resource for the UCI community after recognizing the greater need for more mental health and wellness resources. We aim to improve and expand upon mental and behavioral health and wellness programming services for the UCI School of Social Ecology students while complementing ongoing campus efforts.
One major project of WISE is the Wellness Initiative in Social Ecology Peer Advisory Collective (WISE PAC): a student-led, student-driven team of individuals within the School of Social Ecology who represent diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, lived experience, ability, and socioeconomic status. All members are driven and passionate people, who want to create real change in wellness and mental health in the UC Irvine community. As a team, we aim to destigmatize mental illnesses and increase access to mental health uses and resources. As we continue to expand, we hope to have our efforts reach more to not just the students of UCI, but also the community of Orange County.
MEET TODAY'S GUESTS!
Chloe Ford (she/her/hers)
I am a 4th year University of California, Irvine student double majoring in Psychological Science and Criminology, Law and Society. I am the CoDirector of Design and a part of the Education Cluster at WISE. As of right now, I am looking to go to law school. I would like to possibly pursue a career in family law and later on pursue some sort of Phd either in a criminology related field or a psychology related field.
Frankie Nelson (she/her)
I am a 3rd year UCI student majoring in Psychological Sciences with a minor in Sociology. I am the Secretary and the lead of the Social Support Cluster at WISE. I am incredibly passionate about supporting others and their mental health! I plan to pursue a Masters of Social Work and become a licensed clinical social worker after UCI. I hope to focus my work on disadvantaged and low-income communities that often have less access to mental health resources.
Andrea Briseno Tellez (they/she/he)
I am a 4th year UCI student majoring in Psychological Science with a minor in Chicanx/Latinx Studies. I am part of the Self-Care Cluster at WISE. My goal is to become a Marriage and Family therapist focusing on Latinx families. I hope to bring resources in Latinx communities and destigmatize mental health.