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Office of Specialized Services at Ramapo College Schedules Events for Disability Awareness Month

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)September 30, 2015

MAHWAH, N.J. — The Office of Specialized Services at Ramapo College has scheduled events throughout October to help promote Disability Awareness Month. Events are free and open to the public.

*Wednesday, October 7 — 3:45 to 5:15 p.m., SC 157/158

Keynote Speaker, Hakeem Rahim, Ed.M., M.A., mental health awareness expert and trainer, will present

“The Highs and Lows of Life; From Harvard to the Hospital and Back Again: One man’s journey with mental illness.”

Hakeem will share his personal story of being diagnosed with Bi-Polar Disorder after experiencing a manic episode when he was a student at Harvard University.  He will guide us to explore and transform the way in which we think about mental illness and encourage Ramapo students to embrace change and look at failure as an opportunity for growth and a foundation for building deep resilience.

Co-sponsors for the event are the Center for Health and Counseling, EOF and West Bergen Mental Healthcare.

*Wednesday, October 14 – 2 to 4:30 p.m., Fishbowl

“Wellness Wednesday”

Free Wellness Kits, Depression Screenings, free T-Shirts to the first 25 students in attendance, Stress Buster Strategies, Tea Tasting, Stomp Out Stigma, #RCNJFightTheStigma

 Co-sponsors are Health Awareness Team, Active Minds, Center for Health and Counseling

 *Tuesday, October 20 – 12:05 to 1 p.m., SC-157

Student Panel: “Just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there”

Ramapo students share their stories of living with a mental illness and provide a forum for other students to ask questions and have an open discussion about mental illness.

*Wednesday, October 21 – 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., SC-157

Speaker Isaac Brown, CEO of Baltic Street, AEH, Inc., presents “From the very bottom to success – a personal journey”

A consumer of mental health services himself, Isaac identifies with the people he assists daily at Baltic Street.  Baltic Street is a peer-run, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to improving the quality of life for people living with mental illness. Isaac will share his story of mental illness, recovery and success.

 *Tuesday, October 27 – 5 to 7 p.m., Salameno Spiritual Center

Mandala Workshop, led by Laura Loumeau-May, Art Therapist

The Mandala (Sanskrit for “circle” or “completion”) has a long history and is recognized for its deep spiritual meaning and representation of wholeness. The very nature of creating a mandala is therapeutic and symbolic. Participants will learn the concept of the healing powers of Mandala and be guided to create their own Mandala.

Disclaimer – This workshop is not an actual therapy session, but rather an opportunity to learn how Mandala can be used to reduce stress and increase mental health.

This event is limited to 20 participants. RSVP is necessary. Please email Abbe Benowitz at or call 201-684-7693 to reserve your spot.




About Ramapo College

Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

Ramapo College provides its students with individualized attention, mentorship, and supports; hands-on learning; and a range of opportunities for service and leadership development. Its graduation and retention rates exceed national averages and it places approximately 1,000 students per year in internships in New York City. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice; is recognized as the state’s top college on the list of Best Disability Schools by Great Value Colleges; is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools; and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others.  

Ramapo College’s over 40,000 alumni are the confident, intellectually curious, self-aware, and humble people who are highly sought after and who make a positive impact at local, national, and global levels.  Ramapo College is distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by Every student at Ramapo is enrolled in its unique and award winning Pathways Program which equips and empowers students, across the continuum of their academic career, to secure internships, pursue graduate/professional school, and/or enter the job market. 

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Business Administration, Contemporary Instructional Design, Computer Science, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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