Mariel Buque, M.A. is a Ph.D. Candidate in Counseling Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her clinical, research, and advocacy foci are centered on the advancement of culturally responsive clinical and pedagogical interventions and on addressing racial health disparities by increasing access points to mental health for people of color. She has been recognized by the Association for Hispanic Mental Health Professionals for her consultative work and practice around the delivery of culturally and linguistically appropriate services for racial-ethnic minorities within healthcare institutions. She is a former Behavioral Health Integration Fellow of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), where she was involved in the integration and delivery of mental health services within multidisciplinary medical clinics at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital.
Mariel has additionally served a 2-year term as the Conference Coordinator for the Cross-Cultural Winter Roundtable Conference, which is devoted solely to cultural issues and social justice advocacy in the areas of psychology and education. More recently, she has been serving in her role as Mental Health Program Coordinator for the New York City Mayor’s Fund (C2C) Connections to Care Program, where she helps to facilitate the implementation of culturally-inclusive mental health services within a community based organization. She also operates as a consultant for organizations and schools on the implementation of practices that promote the effective inclusion and integration of diverse populations. In this role, she facilitates dialogues on racial microaggressions with educators and administrators in order to help them interrupt the recapitulation of racial trauma experienced by students and employees of color.