Shirley educator elected to Association for Mental Health and Wellness board


Jarvis M. Watson of Shirley, director of diversity, equity and inclusion at School of Visual Arts in New York City, has been elected to the board of the Ronkonkoma-based Association for Mental Health and Wellness

At the School of Visual Arts, Watson leads the effort to build a more inclusive, equitable, and welcoming campus and college community, according to an announcement from the association.

Previously, he served as assistant dean for student support services at Stony Brook University, as well as Stony Brook’s interim chief diversity officer, assistant dean for multicultural affairs and senior counselor/assistant director with the education opportunity program.

Watson earned a doctorate in educational administration, leadership and technology from the now-closed Dowling College in Oakdale. He earned a master‘s in Counselor Education from Kean University in Union, New Jersey, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Stony Brook.

He is a member of the American Counseling Association, the American College Personnel Association, the National Association of School Personnel Administrators and several other professional organizations.

A frequent public speaker, Watson has given keynote addresses and other presentations before more than 15 regional and national academic conferences and events, according to the announcement. He also co-hosts two podcasts: “The Rejected Stone Podcast” and “Trusted Voices of the Community.”