For the first time in the history of higher education, there exists now a framework of expert recommendations for colleges and universities to support and enhance the mental health of students of color. We call it the “Equity in Mental Health Framework.” Together with our partner in this project, the Jed Foundation, the Steve Fund was instrumental in developing this framework over the course of more than two years.
Anuja Khemka, experienced non-profit, philanthropic and corporate leader, takes helm at Steve Fund
A Reflection on 2017, through the lens of the work of the Steve Fund
Announcing the Equity in Mental Health Framework: Ten Expert Recommendations for Colleges and Universities.
Feeling stressed, depressed, or anxious? Text STEVE to 741741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor 24/7.
A statement by the Steve Fund regarding the events in Charlottesville
Tumblr and Steve Fund Team Up in Quilt Project to Support Student of Color Mental Health
Meet the new Steve Fund Scholars
The Steve Fund announces two new scholarships to advance student-of-color mental health research.
Launching the Steve Fund Knowledge Center
Expert resources about the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color.
Promoting the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color.
About the Steve Fund
The Steve Fund is dedicated to the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color.
Right at this moment, there are students of color who are failing academically, suffering emotionally and/OR in some cases are facing serious risk, because population-specific factors influencing mental health are too poorly understood and not acted upon. We are taking action.
The Steve Fund in the media:
Are you a young person of color? Feeling down, stressed or overwhelmed? Text STEVE to 741741 and a live, trained Crisis Counselor will receive the text and respond to you quickly to provide support. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.
The new Steve Fund Knowledge Center is a resource for expert information about the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color. It contains videos of presentations, panels and interviews with experts, white papers, Webinars and more.
The Power of Self Care Please read our April 2018 Newsletter for a full update. Executive Director’s Note Maintaining mental health and emotional well-being is a daily practice, and springtime is more »
College Students of Color: Confronting the Complexities of Diversity, Culture, and Mental Health
Diverse Issues in Higher Education op-ed highlights the politics of mental health for students of color
Yale Daily News reports on Steve Fund presence at 2018 Black Solidarity Conference.
Anuja Khemka has been named Executive Director of the Steve Fund, the nation’s only non-profit focused on the mental health of students of color.
What Steve Fund partners say:
SEO Scholars excited to partner
“Given our mission of enabling young people from underserved and underrepresented communities to maximize their opportunities for college and career success, SEO Scholars is excited to partner with The Steve Fund on providing critical educational content related to the mental health and emotional well-being of our College Scholars. SEO Scholars is a free eight-year academic program that gets low-income public high school students to and through college with a 95% college completion rate.”
William A. Goodloe, President & CEO, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO)
We look forward to our work with the Steve Fund
“As an organization focused on equipping high achieving men and women of color with the skills, coaching and connections they need to lead organizations and communities worldwide, we look forward to our work with the Steve Fund as we add best practices in mental health and emotional well-being to our programs’ curricula. It’s an important addition that will help maximize our impact on the lives of the young diverse people we serve.”
John Rice, CEO, Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT)
The NAACP is grateful to the Steve Fund
“The NAACP is grateful to the Steve Fund for introducing critical mental health knowledge and best practices through presentations in front of thousands of young people at the NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO). We consider this a critical addition to this leading achievement program targeted at African American high school students.”
Larry Brown, Jr., ACT-SO National Director
In 2014, we began a journey, one which no family should ever have to take. It began with the loss of Steve, our beloved son, family member and friend. After graduating from Harvard College and completing a Masters degree at City University, mental illness took Steve from us. We have established the Steve Fund with the aim of preventing other families having to take a journey like ours.
Our nation is not meeting the mental health needs of young people of color. While research shows that the differences in ethnic backgrounds of students necessitate culturally sensitive approaches to supporting their mental health, their needs are still significantly understudied, and insufficiently understood. With minorities forming the majority of Americans by 2044, and the majority of children by 2020, the future success of our nation will depend on the mental health and emotional well-being of these young people.