Sofia Garcia's exhibit design. A group of uniquely designed heads arranged in a matrix.

Mental Health during Covid


Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the disparity of depression in children of color has become increasingly clear. In 2021, over 2.5 million youth in the U.S. reported severe depression that stems from loneliness and isolation. Altogether, 10.6% of children experience severe depression that affects their functioning. “children from marginalized groups being disproportionately affected with severe depression at 14.5%. That is one youth out of every seven from a minority group.”

Many children of color are affected by traumatic events such as poverty, parents losing their jobs, household instability, and systematic oppression in their society. Growing up with all of these extra weights already contributes to POC children being more susceptible to suffering from mental illness. The added pressures and challenges caused by a global pandemic aggravate an already pressing problem.

Sofia Garcia

Sofia Garcia

Sofia Garcia is a first-generation Mexican American graduate based in Phoenix Arizona. She is passionate about inclusive design and bringing products to life that are fun, useful, and leave a lasting impression. Her childhood, heritage, and family inspire her to make work that speaks to the voices of marginalized groups. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, writing letters, and spending time with her dog, Loly.