An estimated one in four California higher education students live with a mental health disability such as depression, bipolar disorder, or anxiety. Nationwide, suicide is the second leading cause of death among higher education students, claiming the lives of more than 1,000 students each year. All people with disabilities are legally entitled to reasonable accommodation and protection from discrimination, including higher education students with mental health disabilities.
In the past two years, Monica has:
- Filed a class action lawsuit against Stanford University to challenge its discriminatory leave of absence policies and practices (Mental Health & Wellness Coalition et al. v. The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University, Case No. 5:18-cv-02895)
- Successfully represented a university student in securing for her university housing with a psychiatric service animal
- Coordinated meetings with more than 25 community and campus groups to build coalitions to better serve students with mental health disabilities
- Created, provided consultation in the development of, and presented “Know Your Rights” materials to students from more than 75 colleges and universities
Now that the Fellowship is complete, Monica plans to:
- Continue representing higher education students with mental health disabilities, as well as other members of the disability community, as a staff attorney with Disability Rights Advocates
- Engage as a proud, active member of the Equal Justice Works Alumni Network
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