Dr. Monique LeSarre regularly works with local Bay area organizations around cultural competency, trauma informed care, community violence, and inter-generational trauma.
Dr. Monique’s teaching and community work is fueled by Cornell West’s quote, “Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public”. She believes that in order to create individual and community healing, it is most effective to work on multiple levels of the system, beginning with individuals, families, and groups, and on academic, training, research, advocacy and policy levels.
Dr. Monique currently serves as the Director of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Project at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) recruiting, retaining, training and supporting historically underrepresented groups in the five master’s in counseling programs. Her current passion projects in that role are piloting an Indigenous Wellness Training series and co-hosting the Michelle Alexander fundraiser for formerly incarcerated students to come into the BAC program in October 17, 2013 http://www.ciis.edu/Public_Programs/Public_Programs_Events/Alexander_FA13.html.
In her teaching at CIIS in the School of Undergraduate Studies and the School of Professional Psychology, she brings all of her clinical psychology training, her community work with Insight Prison Project’s Restorative Justice projects in San Quentin and SF Probation Adult Re-entry programs, her clinical work with children and families in SF’s Bayview District, and her research and advocacy work on the African American Trauma Summit Taskforce, the SF Mental Health Services Act Advisory Board, and SFDPH’s Cultural and Linguistic Competency Task Force.
Her community advocacy also involves public speaking, trainings, curriculum development and consulting with Bay Area clinics, schools, community based organizations, and Public Health agencies.