Labor Studies Alumni Spotlight: Manying Ng-Argudo, Community Agency Psychotherapist

by Guadalupe Guzman

1. Can you tell us more about your current position?

I’m currently working as a psychotherapist at a community mental health agency contracted by the Department of Mental Health. In my role, I provide crisis intervention services; as well as, individual, family and group therapy to adults, with a history of mental illness and/or substance use issues. I also participate in multi-disciplinary team meetings to discuss and coordinate appropriate level of care utilizing a client-centered approach.

2. What made you want to join the Labor Studies program?

As a psychology major, I was interested in increasing my knowledge about the disparities that communities of color faced when accessing mental health services. The Labor Studies Minor program allowed me to gain greater understanding about the importance of social determinants to achieve health equity among underserved communities.

3. What about the Labor Studies Minor had the most impact on you?

I really enjoyed the extensive curriculum the Labor Studies Minor offered. I was able to take courses in education, urban planning, psychology, public health, law and sociology- all of which changed my perception about how I wanted to give back to my community. The Labor Studies Minor also amplified my desire to pursue graduate school and obtain my Masters in Social Work.

4. During your time at UCLA, were you involved in any campus activities on campus or within your community?

I was a member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). We focused on providing a platform for women to share their opinions, raise their voices, create more avenues for leadership roles and increase advocacy to dismantle gender inequality. Even though at the time it was a new chapter at UCLA, I’ve heard it has grown tremendously!

5. Do you have any advice for graduating seniors?

Congratulations on achieving a huge milestone! Integrate the knowledge and the skills gained during your time at UCLA to continue to pursue your personal and professional growth. Take some well-deserved time off to figure out what your next step will be. You already have all the tools you need to succeed!