pdf File 08-21-2023 LEND & Learn - Diversity Recruitment.pdf (716KB) [download]

Monday, August 21, 2023
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Zoom

ITAC's new LEND and Learn Monthly TA Series is an opportunity for LEND leadership and faculty to gather once a month to discuss priority TA topics and to learn from each other! A different LEND program will lead each session, including a 15-minute presentation and a 45-minute discussion. Please note that this is not a webinar series. Instead, it is designed to be an informal opportunity for LENDs to connect on topics identified as top TA needs. DBP programs are welcome to participate.

The LEND and Learn Monthly TA Session 3 was held Monday, August 21, 2023, at 3:00 PM ET, titled "Recruiting Diverse Trainees and Faculty." Jenean A. Castillo, PhD, Westchester Institute for Human Development, UCEDD, LEND, will facilitate the session.



Headshot of Jenean Castillo, person of color, wearing a white blouse and black jacket, with hair pulled back.

Jenean A. Castillo, PhD is the Director and Principal Investigator of the federally funded Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) interdisciplinary training program at the Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) and New York Medical College (NYMC) in Valhalla, NY. She is the Assistant Professor of Practice at the Center for Disability and Health in the School of Health Sciences and Practice at NYMC. She provides leadership training in developmental disabilities and is the course director for the Graduate Certificate in working with Children with Special Healthcare Needs.

Dr. Castillo also serves as WIHD's Associate UCEDD Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), actively supporting and enhancing WIHD's efforts to enhance cultural and linguistic competency to ensure equitable outcomes for individuals with disabilities and their families. Her DEI work includes curriculum development, workforce enhancement, organizational assessment, and policy development and implementation.

Dr. Castillo is a New York State Licensed Psychologist with expertise in trauma and development and served as WIHD's Assistant Director of Child Welfare Services. She collaborates actively on various state and national workgroups, advisory boards, and councils, where she shares her expertise in developmental disabilities.


 Please Note:

  • Recording of this LEND and Learn session is available to LEND leadership and faculty upon request to [email protected].


Future LEND and Learn Sessions (Save the Date!):

  • Title V with AMCHP – Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at 3:00 PM Eastern Time