Notre Dame De Namur University Hosts Photovoice Exhibit

Last November, eighteen freshman from Notre Dame De Namur University completed Photovoice projects that explored student perceptions and experiences around mental health and substance abuse in an effort to shed light on stigma and other issues that create barriers to accessing services. The workshop took place during the freshman year seminar titled Social Justice Through Poetry and Literature and was facilitated by Joe Balabis and Kathy Reyes from the Office of Diversity and Equity.

One student describes her family’s story by photographing her late grandfather’s clean and sober chip.


Photovoice is a community-based research method where community members whose voices are often unheard, get to photograph their experiences and identify important social issues around mental health and substance abuse that impact their everyday lives. Photovoice leads to important discussions around actions that can take place to address these issues. Projects are exhibited at various public locations throughout San Mateo County.  See all of the students’ completed projects are on display at the university’s library and can be viewed in-person now through February 27th, 2015.

Library location: Notre Dame De Namur University Library, 1500 Ralston Ave, Belmont, CA 94002
Map and directions can be found at

Library hours:

Mon–Thurs: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: Noon – 9 p.m.

To learn more about Photovoice, please contact Kathy Reyes at