We Don’t Look Like our Stories / Dr. Julia Garcia

We Don’t Look Like our Stories / Dr. Julia Garcia


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With self-harm and suicide ideation reaching epidemic highs, there has never been a more critical time to connect in a real way and for students to know they aren’t alone.  GARCIA’s raw and revealing approach is leading students to rewrite the stigma of mental health, making her one of the most game changing voices of our generation. This is not your traditional lecture.  It’s  an experience to help students SILENCE  ANY  STORY  THAT TELLS  THEM  THIS  IS  THE  END… Because  you  never  know  how  sharing  your story,  can  help  someone  else  through  theirs.Doctor of psychology, TEDx speaker and diversity inclusion trainer, Dr.J breaks down difficult and divisive issues in a time where we can’t afford to stay silent. For the past 12 years, Dr. J has empowered over a half million students across 100+ cities nationwide. She is the creator of a digital tool sparking courageous conversations around race and inequity online to amplify the Black experience, share lived experiences and explore racial bias.

Previously Dr.J built an award-winning mobile app to support her doctoral research for girls and young women, catching the attention of NPR and bringing awareness to social health in social media. She is a published author whose spoken word videos have garnered over 60,000+ views and her diverse background make her one of the most critical and relevant voices of our generation. In today’s climate of mental health issues and racial division, Dr. J’s is unparalleled in her ability to create safe spaces for students to feel seen, heard and be truly connected.

Don’t stay silent: http://giveadose.co/
Dr. Julia Garcia’s personal website: https://www.dosebydrj.com/


Julia was AMAZING!!  Her presentation was honest, raw, relevant, and POWERFUL.  Students are still talking about the impact it has had on them personally.  I have heard students say how nervous they were about standing up in front of their peers to identify various life experiences, traumas, and difficulties, only to be shocked and comforted by the number of their peers standing with them.  Julia touched them at their core and helped them to see they are not alone and that they can stay true to their path, no matter what pulls at them or what obstacles they have faced. She was truly awesome and we are so grateful to have had her come to our campus!

Assistant Director of Counseling Services
Manchester University

The program was totally interactive and had everyone so involved. In a matter of an hour the group felt like they had known each other for a long time and we realized that we all go through things similar to each other and feel insecure about ourselves. Everyone wishes they were smarter, prettier, more athletic, popular, etc., but we all our beautiful in our own way. We just have to believe it.  The group went away feeling that they could accomplish anything that they wanted to and they believe that any thing is possible not impossible. It was great for both men and women.

I would recommend it for anyone wanting students to have good self concept about themselves. I loved it!

Pat D
Student Activities Director
Middlesex County College

I just wanted to thank you for your help in bringing Julia Garcia to our campus. She had a great message and an interactive presentation that kept our students engaged and really opened their eyes. We have had only positive comments! It was also a pleasure working with you, Jayne, in getting everything in order for our program. Thanks to you both!

Stephanie B
West Texas A & M University
Assistant Director of Student Activities
Peer Education Advisor

It went so well! Julia is amazing and everyone loved her talk. It was so cool being able to see her again with new material. It is truly inspiring the way she is able to connect with an audience. We sold a bunch of books and she stayed and talked to students, the night was just perfect! We had about 150 female athletes in attendance, they all had nothing but good things to say after. She is so great to work with, as is everyone with CIA.
Thank you so much for helping us bring amazing lectures to campus!!

Abbey, Lecture Chair
Clarion University of Pennsylvania

Julia was absolutely wonderful. Every student that attended had only wonderful things to say. One student told me that it was the greatest of the lecture series that we’ve ever done, and everything that Julia had to say had a tremendous impact on her. It was a pleasure to have Julia with us!

Kirby D
Coordinator of Student Activities
Tennessee Wesleyan College

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