5/14: In Honor of AAPI and Mental Health Awareness Month, A Talk Story on Self-Acceptance
Join us during JCI Hawaii's First Trimester Convention for this featured workshop on the topic of self-acceptance led by Leilani Maxera, LCSW and Raven J. Sevilleja, Esq.

5/14 @ 10AM-11AM
JCI Hawaii is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

JCI Hawaii is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: In Honor of AAPI and Mental Health Awareness Month, A Talk Story on Self-Acceptance
Time: May 14, 2022 10:00 AM Hawaii

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About our facilitators:

Leilani Maxera (she/they) is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is a daughter of the Hawaiian diaspora raised in Martinez, California. Leilani was called home to Hawai’i in her early 30s and currently lives in Mānoa Valley on Oʻahu. Leilani is a therapist, death educator, and grief worker with her own private practice, Kaipuokaualoku Therapy + Death Work + Consulting (kaipuokaualoku.com). Leilani worked and volunteered in harm reduction for 14 years, including managing a syringe exchange and an overdose prevention program where she conducted training and education with other social service organizations to teach about overdose prevention and response and to reduce stigma around drug use. Leilani uses a harm reduction approach to therapy, and recognizes that the personal is political, including access to mental health services and diagnosis. She is a prison industrial complex abolitionist, which includes forced institutionalization for mental health. Leilani has faced her own struggles with anxiety and depression, which were greatly alleviated by a late-in-life realization that she is autistic.

Raven J. Sevilleja (she/her) is the 2022 Executive Vice President of the Filipino Jaycees of Honolulu.  Her career as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney here in Honolulu began in 2017, where she currently is assigned to prosecute dozens of property and violent felonies as a part of the Career Criminal Unit of the Special Prosecution Division.  Raven was born in Los Angeles, California after her parents immigrated to Hawai‘i from the Philippines.  She returned here permanently in 2011, where she later earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and her Juris Doctor from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, being the first college graduate of her family—and the first attorney with Dadaor roots, a small town in the province of Ilocos Norte in the Philippines.  Outside of the law, Raven is incredibly passionate about mental health and wellness, not only in her role as an advocate, but also because of her journey as an individual with Bipolar 1 disorder—a disorder that remained untreated and undiagnosed until 2014, while she was a student at the William S. Richardson School of Law.  Outside of her career in criminal justice where she encountered the many obstacles of stigma around mental health and illnesses, she also dedicates her advocacy work as a Legal Volunteer with the Institute for Human Services, the largest non-profit dedicated to the houseless population, and as Commissioner on the Honolulu County Committee on the Status of Women, where she was appointed by appointed by Mayor Rick Blangiardi and sits on the Mental Health Permitted Interaction Group.  Raven is motivated in her career and personal life committed to the pursuit of justice and equity through uplifting the most marginalized in our community, with inclusivity, resiliency—and above all, compassion.

This event is proudly hosted by the Filipino Jaycees of Honolulu (filipinojaycees.org), in partnership with the other 5 local chapters of JCI Hawaii (jcihawaii.com):  Honolulu Chinese Jaycees (honoluluchinesejaycees.org), Honolulu Japanese Junior Chamber of Commerce (hjjcc.org), Hawaii Kai Jaycees (jcihawaiikai.org), JCI Honolulu (jcihonolulu.org), and Rising Phoenix Jaycees (rpjhawaii.com).
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