Adult Caregivers Employee Resource Group- True Stories in Caregiving: Dr. Hilda Mejia Abreu

Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2024 | Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm EST  | Location: Virtual – Zoom

Event Description

Open and FREE to all faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate student assistants.

Real stories from caregivers are powerful and moving. Hearing these deeply personal experiences firsthand helps us realize that we’re not alone. Many other people are on similarly challenging journeys. We share We share 3 individual stories, over 3 monthly sessions, from seasoned caregivers where they discuss the battle-tested coping tips that kept them going when things got really tough.

An Employee Resource Group is a free employee-led group (open to all MSU employee types including faculty, academic, support staff, and post-docs) that fosters inclusivity and builds community for those with common lived experiences by providing group discussion and learning opportunities, programming, and platforms for sharing resources. The Adult Caregiver Employee Resource Group is a place for Spartans to connect on adult caregiving issues (including elder care and other adult care, like adult children, spouses, etc.). The goal of the group is to discuss related topics with the goal of connecting, sharing resources, building community, and sharing best practices regarding adult caregiving.  

The Adult Caregiver ERG meets on the 2nd Tuesday from 12-1 pm during the academic year in the form of educational Zoom webinars, interactive “Ask the Expert” panel format meetings, as well as in-person family-friendly programs and events. 

No membership is needed and there is no cost to attend.

Learning Objectives

  • How to respond to challenges using value guided behavior.
  • Tips on how to integrate work and caregiving responsibilities.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Hilda Mejia Abreu, Associate Dean for Admissions, Student Life & Inclusivity

Hilda Mejia Abreu, Ph.D., who is associate dean, provides leadership for the Offices of Admissions, Student Life, and Inclusivity at Michigan State University (MSU) College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). Dr. Mejia Abreu received her baccalaureate and Master of Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts. She received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University College of Education. Since 1993, Dr. Mejia Abreu has implemented programs that prepare disadvantaged students to reach their career objectives. She sets program objectives, develops public relations material, approves participant qualifications, provides for component evaluation, oversees the preparation of reports for various agencies, and in consultation with the dean and the College’s Admissions, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committees. The associate dean also acts as the liaison to feeder institutions. Uniquely qualified, her background is rooted in the social sciences, organizational management, higher education administration, and public policy. She serves nationally as an inclusive leadership consultant and serves on the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) Committees on Diversity and Admissions. Dr. Mejia Abreu is responsible for directing the college’s diversity and inclusion activities; she synthesizes a total college effort with interdigitating levels.

Dr. Mejia Abreu is a member of the National Association of Medical Minority Educators, past Chair of the AAVMC Admissions and Recruitment Committee, and past president of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) Hispanic Caucus. Dr. Mejia Abreu is an immigrant from the Dominican Republic and Spanish is her first language. She is a product of a public university system in Boston. Her experience as a new immigrant in Boston prepared her to understand issues related to disadvantaged student academic achievement, social justice, and inclusivity. Dr. Mejia Abreu, in consultation with the Dean, carries final responsibility for the program and she has over 20 years of experience in higher education.

Please join us to hear more about Hilda’s story. Learn from her story as she shares tools for resilience.