Mental Illness Research Education Clinical Center (MIRECC), Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center
Cassandra Ogbevire is a native of Chicago, Illinois and graduated from Spelman College with Honors in 2010 where she majored in Psychology.After graduating from Spelman College, she began working in social services and discovered that limited literacy and serious mental illness commonly co-occur together. For the past several years, she has worked with youth who have been diagnosed with serious mental illness in various educational settings. As an educator and future mental health clinician, she hopes to create a holistic and interdisciplinary literacy development program and empower students that live in under-resourced communities. Literacy is not only a means to express and share ideas, thoughts, and feelings but a means to social and economic liberation.