IN A COLLABORATIVE EFFORT TO PROMOTE COMMUNITY AMONGST ALL CSUN MSW STUDENTS, THE SWS BOARD COMMITS TO PROMOTING AND ADVOCATING FOR MULTICULTURAL, ALL-INCLUSIVE RESOURCES AND PRACTICES.
MEET THE BOARD
Lizeth Elena Lomeli
Dr. Allen E. Lipscomb
Alejandro Castro is a Master of Social Work candidate in the on-campus, 2020, full-time cohort. He migrated from Zacatecas, México at the age of nine and considers the San Fernando Valley his home. Alejandro attended schools in the Valley and graduated from CSUN in 2015 with a BA in Sociology and a minor in Women’s Studies. His interests include mental health, immigration, gender equity, and education. His first year, he interned with LAUSD School Mental Health and is on track to getting his PPSC. He hopes to become a school social worker, advocate for good mental health, and promote healing-based practices. His goal is to collaborate with all CSUN MSW cohorts, faculty, staff, community leaders, and build a coalition among other MSW programs to bring resources to everyone in the CSUN MSW program. Moreover, he is committed to working with everyone to foster a safe, equitable, and inclusive environment within the CSUN MSW program.
LIZETH ELENA LOMELI
Lizeth Elena Lomeli is your On-Campus Vice President and is a member of the 2-20 cohort. She completed her undergrad at UC Santa Barbara in 2013 with her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a focus in Feminist and Chicano Studies, Social Movements and Globalization. Lizeth is a first-generation Mexican American woman born in the San Fernando Valley and raised both in Burbank and Frazier Park, California. She came in the MSW program after fulfilling dual roles as a Case Manager and Program Assistant for Project SAFE at The Help Group, Partnership for Families Program supporting families and children (aged 0 to 5 years old) of the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. She served her first-year internship at Exceptional Children’s Foundation 0-3 Early Start Program in Arleta. She eagerly awaits her second-year placement with Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers, Inc. in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Lizeth acknowledges and seeks to use her privilege as an educated, cisgendered woman to serve the student and local communities. She consistently strives for excellence as a student, service provider and overall as a person. She sees the field of social work as an opportunity to take action in helping marginalized communities heal in order to become their best selves in their environment. Lizeth does this with hope that the services she provides will lead to radical social change. She looks forward to building upon her knowledge and skills in direct practice with children and families to become an LCSW and work in an advocacy setting as a Program Manager.
Christhi Vault is your SWS Off-Campus Vice President. She is a part of the 0-20 cohort. She is a Valley native and received her BA in Liberal Studies from California State Northridge in 2007. In addition to her role as a second year MSW candidate, she is also a wife, and mother to her 11-year-old son. Christhi completed her first year of internship at Penny Lane Centers by serving youth in foster placement.
As a UCCF stipend recipient, she looks forward to interning with the Department of Children Family Services (DCFS), the largest child welfare agency in the nation. Upon graduation, she will be joining DCFS as Children's Social Worker. Christhi also has a heart for Macro level social work. Her long-term goal is to become a Regional Administrator for DCFS, where she can participate in the evaluation of legislation and the impact on child welfare. Additionally, she would like to assist in the development and implementation of objectives and policies that create positive change within child welfare and community relations.
Paola Cervantes is your SWS Secretary and a Master of Social Work candidate in the on-campus 2-20 cohort. Paola is a first-generation Mexican American woman who grew up and lives in the East side of Los Angeles. She received her BA in Psychology with minors in Family Studies and Human Sexuality from CSUN in 2013. For five years she worked at a non-public school setting where her interest for education and mental health grew, which influenced her interest in social work. In her first year in the MSW program, she interned with LAUSD School Mental Health and will continue to intern there for her second year, as her plan is to receive her PPSC. Her goal is to become a school social worker to provide resources and advocate for school aged children and their families. Some of her interests include mental health awareness, positive sex health education, and immigration. As a cisgender college educated woman, Paola acknowledges her privileges and the importance to promote resiliency for others in communities throughout the Los Angeles area. As secretary for the SWS board, Paola hopes to be able to bring collaboration amongst all CSUN MSW cohorts, as well as with faculty and staff in order to bring a closer community within the MSW program. Paola looks forward to learning from this experience and to be able to provide a lending hand to others in the MSW program.
Dr. ALLEN E. LIPSCOMB
Allen Eugene Lipscomb, PsyD, LCSW, Assistant Professor in the Social Work Department. Dr. Lipscomb is a clinical psychologist and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California. Dr. Lipscomb received his doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) with a clinical emphasis in marriage, family and child psychotherapy from Ryokan College and his master of social work (MSW) from the University of Southern California. Upon completing his doctorate, he earned a certification in mixed-methods community based research from the University of Michigan in the School of Social Work. In addition, Dr. Lipscomb studied diversity and inclusion practices for human resources within organizations through Cornell University; earning a certification from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell. Dr. Lipscomb specializes in providing anti-oppressive and inclusive mental health services to individuals, children, youth and families of color. He has worked in collaboration with Alhambra Unified School District; Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services; Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health; Los Angeles County Department of Probation; Los Angeles Unified School District and California Community Care Licensing.
His areas of research are centered on the psychiatric epidemiology among racialized and marginalized individuals who have experienced trauma (i.e. complex trauma, traumatic-grief and race-based trauma). Specifically, Dr. Lipscomb has conducted numerous qualitative research studies on racialized Black identified men across the Black/African Diaspora exploring their grief, loss and complex-trauma experiences.
His pedagogy is centered on cultural anti-oppressive and clinically-responsive inclusive practices with consumers. Dr. Lipscomb maintains a private practice; conducts local, national and international trainings; is a clinical consultant and keynote/motivational speaker. Dr. Lipscomb is an author and published his first book titled: Black Male Grief Reaction to Trauma: A Clinical Case Study of One Man's Treatment.