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Dr. Silvia C. Pastor, Supervisor of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion, SEL Coordinator and Mc-Kinney-Vento Liaison

Dr. Silvia C. Pastor is the Supervisor of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion, SEL Coordinator and McKinney-Vento Liaison. She oversees the Diversity, Health, and Wellness Department which aims to address the social, emotional, and academic needs of all learners. Dr. Pastor values strong, collaborative communication with families and community stakeholders to promote well-rounded students who value the importance of equity and strive to become leaders in their own educational journey.

Prior to leading the Diversity, Health, and Wellness Department Dr. Pastor served in Belleville Special Services as a Psychologist who case managed out of district students and integrated various mental health initiatives and trainings into the district. During her time in Special Services, Dr. Pastor created partnerships with outside mental health professionals, local universities, and numerous community-based agencies to increase mental health awareness and integrate culturally-responsive practices within schools. She proudly collaborated with Kean University to implement BeWELL, a Trauma-Informed Training Model, to support students and staff with direct and indirect services during the COVID-19 global pandemic.
 
Aside from her efforts to destigmatize mental health and increase access to mental health services in schools, Dr. Pastor served the greater community as a graduate professor, clinical director, and mental health clinician. Her therapeutic practice, training model, and leadership philosophy emphasizes the development and implementation of culturally responsive interventions for marginalized youth and underserved families within equitable educational environments. Dr. Pastor's research and has been presented at national and international conferences.   

In addition, Dr. Pastor mentors first-generation and marginalized college students pursuing careers in mental health in hopes to increase representation within schools, create safe and inclusive educational environments for students to access resources, and empower diverse thinking that celebrates differences and demands social justice.