United We Stand

When We Are All Engaged: Promoting Media Literacy and Mental Health


In today’s world, media is omnipresent – permeating our lives through television, radio, the internet, and social platforms. Its influence is undeniable, shaping our cultural and personal realities, reinforcing or challenging stereotypes, and making the private available for public consumption. Media, especially social media, has the power to create connections, impact our emotions, or sow hatred within communities. Perhaps due to its accessibility, individuals and communities often consume media content uncritically, sometimes leading to positive change, but at other times, with alarming consequences.

Maryland Humanities is creating a space to delve into the nuances of how people interact with various forms of media, from traditional outlets to emerging digital platforms. Additionally, we want to explore its influence on our bodies and mental health. We are convening a two-day event: a virtual session on Tuesday, July 16, via the Qiqo Chat platform, followed by an in-person gathering on Wednesday, July 17, at the Newton White Mansion.

Our Goals

Maryland Humanities aims to examine the multifaceted ways in which media shapes our perceptions, influences our emotions, and potentially affects our mental health. We want to equip our attendees with tools to assess information in everyday contexts. We also want to expose them to self-care strategies to promote our collective well-being. By weaving together these goals, we strive to empower individuals to forge a more mindful relationship with media, ultimately promoting their overall well-being in an increasingly media-saturated world.


The When We Are All Engaged: Promoting Mental Health & Media Literacy summit caters to diverse audiences, encompassing individuals from various backgrounds and disciplines who share a common interest in media literacy and mental health. The carefully curated panels and workshops will prove invaluable for mental health professionals, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, K-12 educators, grassroots community groups, media organizations, activists, libraries, and government agencies. Each session will offer unique insights, practical strategies, and thought-provoking discussions tailored to the specific needs and interests of our diverse stakeholders.

Summit Description

At the heart of the When We Are All Engaged: Media and Mental Health summit lies a comprehensive three-pronged approach designed to foster a multifaceted experience. The Learn component encompasses thought-provoking panels and insightful keynote addresses, providing attendees with a solid foundation of knowledge and perspectives on the interplay between media and mental well-being.
Building upon this foundation, the Apply segment offers immersive workshops that equip participants with practical tools. Through these hands-on sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to acquire actionable skills and strategies.

Woven throughout the summit is the Act component, which seeks to provide networking opportunities that will allow participants to forge valuable relationships, exchange ideas, and explore collaborations within their communities.


We are thrilled to have you join us for this exciting summit. Our event has been thoughtfully designed to offer a “pick your own adventure” experience, allowing you to customize your participation based on your preferences and availability. You have the option to immerse yourself in the full two-day program or selectively attend the day that best suits your schedule. Regardless of your chosen path, your presence will contribute to the success of this summit. 

Our Schedule 

Tuesday, July 16: Virtual (Qiqo Chat)

  • 9:00 am: Interactive activities 
  • 10:00 – 11:00 am: Summit day 1 Kick-off 
  • 11:15 am – 12:15 pm: Keynote 
  • 12: 30 – 1:30 pm: Break 
  • 1:15 pm – 2:15: Panels
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm: Workshops 
  • 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm: Interactive Circles 
  • 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Summit Day 1 Closing 

Wednesday, July 17: Newton White Mansion 

  • 9:00 am: Registration and Breakfast 
  • 10:00 – 11:15 am: Keynote by Dr. Stacey Patton 
  • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Interactive activities 
  • 12: 30 – 1:30 pm: Break (Lunch provided)
  • 1:35 pm – 2:35 pm: Panels and Workshops 
  • 2:35 – 3:00 pm: Closing Remarks

Planning Committee

Maryland Humanities takes immense pride in producing this summit, made possible through the generous support of our sponsors and the invaluable assistance of our community partners. However, we would be remiss not to extend our deepest gratitude to the Maryland Humanities staff, Heard Creative Co, Simrun Waghray (Summit Assistant), Ketina Moussignac (Summit Logistics Assistant), Dudley Alexis (Epyllion Studios), and Qiqo Chat. Their wisdom, vision, and unwavering dedication have been instrumental in shaping this summit into a remarkable event. We are truly indebted to these individuals for their relentless commitment to ensuring that this gathering serves as a catalyst for meaningful discourse, fostering a deeper understanding of the profound connections between mental health and media literacy.

COVID Information

Masks are still highly encouraged; however, they are not mandatory. At this time, the Newton White Mansion, and other local businesses in Prince George’s County, MD have lifted their COVID vaccination requirement. Therefore, attendees will not be asked to show proof of vaccination or negative COVID tests upon entry. Should this policy change, we will notify attendees immediately.

If you have a positive test or are not feeling well prior to your arrival at our in-person day, please inform the UWS Team at uwssummit@mdhumanities.org so we may make arrangements for your registration.