Luis Rosa: Supporting Medical Students’ Wellbeing

An advocate for underrepresented students, Luis Rosa, MEd, LCMHC, has spent the better part of his career focusing on their mental health needs. He now works with Geisel School of Medicine’s Counseling Services team where he continues his dedication to the wellbeing of Black, LGBTQ, and multi-racial students.

After spending 10 years in community mental health, Rosa had an opportunity to work with students at Baldwin Wallace University (then Baldwin-Wallace College) in Ohio, where he became assistant director of counseling. It was there, the Ohio native says, he found his calling.

“While community mental health work does involve working with race, ethnicity, gender, and identity,” Rosa says, “with college students I was able be more proactive, which fully engages me.” He immersed himself in the student community and began developing programming in the Black Cultural Center, became an advisor to the LGBTQ student organization, and became a co-leader of the school’s minorities forum—a faculty, staff, and student organization for people of color.

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