10:30 – 11:20 am

Bullying and Mental Unwellness: Bullying As A Hate-Based Practice

Led by Ashley J. Luedke, PhD, LMHC, Angelicia Smith, and Levine Center Youth Ambassadors Jacob Flores and Farell Carey.


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Dr. Ashley J. Luedke is an Associate Professor and Program Director of the Counselor Education Program at St. Bonaventure University. Dr. Luedke is the Upstate President for the New York Association for Counselor Education and Supervision and the Secretary Elect for the North Atlantic Region for Counselor Education and Supervision. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor practicing in Florida and New York with almost 15 years of experience. Her specialty areas focus on working with adolescents as well as crisis and trauma work.  

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Angelicia Smith comes from an extremely humble background. As a Latina and Black woman, she has experienced her share of discrimination. She was bourne and raised in Spanish Harlem in NYC with a strong focus on culture and family; yet she was surrounded by poverty and depression. Angelicia's grandmother, who played a huge role in raising her, did not know how to read or write. She spoke very little English, but she was everyone’s favorite grandmother.


"When I think about who influenced me to be the helicopter mom I am, it was her," says Angelicia. "I have many vivid memories of my Abuela showing up at lunch time at the yard and fiercely defending my honor. Saying in Spanish: that’s my baby, that’s my granddaughter."


Angelicia is a mother of two beautiful children who have experienced life at the hands of a bully. Losing her son was an eye opener and taught her that it is her divine purpose to continue the most important work of all: shaping our youth.