Carnegie Mellon University

Welcome Remarks

Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Gina Casalegno provides a message to the 2020 Pre-College Online Program.

Your Community Advisers and Assistant Director for Pre-College Student Affairs, Amy Dicker, introduce themselves and talk about the 2020 Pre-College Online Program.


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Amy Dicker

Assistant Director for Pre-College Student Affairs

Hometown: Huntington, WV

Major: originally cultural anthropology at Pitt, finished with Psychology, minor in Crisis Intervention and Trauma Prevention at Carlow University

Office Hours: 

  • 7:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. EST
  • ID: 980-0958-6617

Contact Amy


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Kai Huizenga

Community Advisor

  • Carnegie Mellon Senior
  • Hometown: Long Valley, NJ
  • Major: Performative Storytelling and Technology

Office Hours

  • Thurs 8:30 - 10:00 p.m. EST 
  • ID: 930-237-7702

Contact Kai

Neville Caceres

Community Advisor

  • Carnegie Mellon Junior
  • Hometown: Miami, FL
  • Major: Materials Science and Engineering

Office Hours:

  • Friday 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. EST
  • ID: 982-3812-7369

Contact Neville

Amber Griffith

Community Advisor

  • Carnegie Mellon Senior
  • Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
  • Major: Computer Science

Office Hours:

  • Wed 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. EST
  • ID: 92885263138

Contact Amber


Joaquinn Foo

Community Advisor

  • Carnegie Mellon Senior
  • Hometown: Singapore
  • Major: Psychology

Office Hours: 

  • Tues 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. EST
  • ID: 954-0820-0831

Contact Joaquinn


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Content warning (all implicit): transphobia, erasure, mental illness, suicide, violence against trans people, violence against BIPOC

Additional Learning Resources/Links: 

Scenes from a Black trans life, by scholar and activist D-L Stewart (work)

Black trans Lives Matter  

Black Lives Matter  

What is Non-binary? 

Racial Justice Reading List

Student Personal Resources:

National Crisis Lines:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Free and confidential 24/7 support for people in distress

Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741
Free 24/7 crisis support in the U.S.

National Helpline
1-800-662-HELP (4357)
24/7 treatment referral and information

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender National Hotline (LGBT)
1-800-246-PRIDE (7743)

The Trevor Project (LGBTQ+ National Hotline)
Or visit website to chat

Trans Lifeline
Peer support hotline from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Eastern time

RAINN (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network)

How to find a therapist in your area:

  1. Find out what your insurance benefits are.  It would be helpful for you to know what your mental/behavioral health outpatient benefits are.  Find out if you have a deductible and if there is a co-payment (out of pocket cost) for the services. 
  2. Find out who your insurance covers. There are many times when you can access your insurance website for a list of providers in the area.  If this is not readily available online you can also call them and ask them to fax/tell you a list of providers in your area.
  3. Narrow down your search. Once you have a list of therapists to choose from consider the following questions: do I have a gender preference? What area/location works better for me?  Some therapists list areas of specializations, if that is the case, think what areas would be helpful to you.
  4. Identify two or three therapists. Because therapists may not always have openings or availabilities in the time frame that you want, we recommend you select two or three therapists from the list that meet your criteria. Be prepared to call and leave a clear message with your name and a phone number for them to reach you in order to schedule an appointment.
  5. Meeting your therapist. We encourage you to approach the first encounter with openness and honesty, while also recognizing that you are trying to find a therapist who feels like a good fit for you.  Notice how you feel when you talk to the person, get a sense of what it feels like when you are with them, and attend to your level of comfort or discomfort with them.

 The APA Psychologist Locator and the Psychology Today website can also help you find a provider in your area.