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Ready for school? The Steve Fund offers support.

Posted: September 14, 2017 3:32 pm
 

Ready for school?

Heading back to school can be a bittersweet time. Anxiety about classes, friends, and recent events in the news can leave many students hesitant to return.

That’s why we have developed programs you can rely on to make this transition easier for you and your families!

A study by the Steve Fund and the JED Foundation, conducted by Harris Poll, indicates that 33% of students of color identify maintaining their mental health on campus as very or extremely stressful. The Steve Fund has responded with a suite of workshops and programs to help colleges, universities, families, and students navigate this time, feel confident, and be prepared to tackle the new school year.

Support for Students

  • Self-Care Workshop: To ease the transition between home and college, this session will provide students of color with practical tools for managing stress and maintaining success in a new environment. Topics discussed will include micro-aggressions, imposter syndrome, non-belonging and isolation, and perceived discrimination. Guidance on the value of peer networks, support systems, and how to seek help will be emphasized.
  • Series for LGBTQ Students: Led by Steve Fund experts, these workshops will focus on the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ students of color. The session will offer empowerment strategies to this population on how to cope with their daily stresses.
  • STEVE Crisis Text Messaging Service: The Steve Fund has partnered with Crisis Text Line to offer a free, on-demand crisis counseling service via text messaging. If you know students of color who are feeling stressed, depressed, or anxious, please let them know they can text STEVE to 741741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor 24/7.

Support for Parents and Families:

  • Support for Parents and Families: This webinar series focuses on challenges faced by students of color during college/early adulthood and ways in which parents can support their children and help them to thrive both in college and life beyond it. Our services include the coordination of discussions with parents – both online and on campus.

For more information on these programs and services, please contact programs@stevefund.org or visit www.stevefund.org/services.

Learn about the Equity in Mental Health Framework

  • The new Equity in Mental Health Framework (EMHF) is a tool designed to identify and implement best practices that address the mental health needs of racially diverse students. In a 2017 survey, commissioned by the Steve Fund and JED Foundation and conducted by Harris Poll, data indicates that nearly one in five students of color (18%) feel that programs and events are actions that schools can take to help them feel more comfortable, supported, and cared for on campus. In keeping with this theme, the EMHF includes ten key recommendations and how to implement them. We will be releasing the EMHF this fall; in the interim, sign up for updates at www.equityinmentalhealth.org.

Connect with our Youth Advisory Board:

  • The Steve Fund Youth Advisory Board (YAB): Gather with peers to promote the importance of mental health and emotional well-being on your campus. You will provide a critical voice on all Steve Fund efforts; maximize the Fund’s impact among young people of color; create innovative strategy; and connect peers to mental health resources. Contact Shila Burney (shilaburney@gmail.com) to join our YAB.




A statement by the Steve Fund regarding the the repeal of DACA

Posted: September 6, 2017 1:16 pm
 

A statement by the Steve Fund regarding the repeal of DACA

The following can be attributed to Dr. Terri Wright, Executive Director of the Steve Fund:

“As an organization dedicated to the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color, the Steve Fund is extremely concerned about the impact of repealing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This repeal will affect mostly young persons of color, also known as Dreamers.

Most DACA recipients are Latinx and Hispanics. The repeal strikes at the core of the population the Steve Fund cares about. Most of these young people have only known one home all their lives, the United States. One cannot fathom the mental anguish and emotional stress they must feel right now at the possibility of being deported to countries that they barely remember.

There are few stresses more profound than the possibility of being forcefully extracted from your community, from your loved ones, and from your home, and be deported to a place with which you have no familiarity. The Steve Fund will be unwavering in its mission of promoting the mental health and well-being of young people of color including students of color.

We will explore every way in which we can support those affected mentally and emotionally by the DACA repeal. If you know any Dreamers who might be anguished about the repeal of DACA, please let them know that they can text “STEVE” to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor 24/7.“





The Psychological Impact of Charlottesville – Steve Fund Podcast #3

Posted: August 25, 2017 7:02 pm
 

Steve Fund Podcast #3: The Psychological Impact of Charlottesville

Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble / Dr. David Rivera

What is the psychological impact on students of color of the recent events in Charlottesville, involving racist violence? Steve Fund Podcast host Dr. Terry Wright speaks with two medical experts: Dr. Alfiee Breland Noble, Senior Scientific Advisor to the Steve Fund, and Dr. David Rivera, associate professor of counselor education at Queens College, City University of New York.

Please click the red play button below to listen to the Steve Fund Podcast.





NPR reports on college mental health, quotes Steve Fund

Posted: August 24, 2017 12:26 pm
 

The NPR show Marketplace reports on the growing need for mental health services at American Colleges. The reporter, Amy Scott, also spoke with the Steve Fund’s Executive Director, Dr. Terri Wright.  “Stigma is a huge issue in the lives of students of color and what it means to seek services and admit that I need help, when in fact I feel like, as a young person of color, that I’m already being judged differently,” Dr. Wright says in the report.

Listen and read at marketplace.org

You can also listen to the report by clicking the play button below.





Thania Galvan is the 2017 Stephen Rose Scholarship Awardee

Posted: August 16, 2017 3:29 pm
 

Thania Galvan

Please join us in congratulating Thania Galvan, a doctoral student in the clinical psychology PhD program at the University of Denver, as the 2017 Stephen Rose Scholarship Awardee.

Thania recently completed her M.A. in child clinical psychology at the University of Denver, where she is a Ph.D. candidate. Her personal history navigating the differences between American and Mexican culture and values as a Latina immigrant born in Mexico to adolescent parents forms the basis for Thania’s research interest and career pursuits. Her dissertation will use a culturally and contextually sensitive framework to develop a mental health intervention focused on building resiliency in children of undocumented Latinx immigrants. She will continue working with Dr. Omar Gudino, her research mentor, in the university’s Services for At-Risk Youth and Families (SAYF) Lab that he directs. Among Thania’s research experiences that have increased her awareness of the impact of and need for culturally and contextually sensitive research and interventions, she was mentored on risk and resiliency factors associated with mental health outcomes in Latinx and other ethnically diverse youth as a recipient of a Diversity Supplement Award from the NIMH. On another project, she explored the effectiveness of a psycho-educational intervention for Latinx youth at risk of developing severe mental disorders, and learned about the positive effect that culturally adapted interventions can have on treatment acceptability and outcomes. During her undergraduate B.A. program in psychology at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, which she completed in 2011, Thania’s honor’s thesis explored the effects of language and maternal speech on language development.

Thania will present her research efforts at the 2018 National Latina/o Psychological Association (NLPA) convention. Below is a summary of what she stated as her research projects.

Summary

Mental Health Disparities and Mental Health Service Utilization among Latinx youth

In an attempt to better understand mental health disparities and mental health service utilization among Latinx youth, I am currently involved in two ongoing research projects.

The first of this is my own project exploring the influence of caregiver immigrant status and acculturation levels on differences in perceptions of need between internalizing and externalizing symptoms among Latinx youth. Based on a large, longitudinal database containing information collected from caregivers and youth who had active cases in one or more public sectors of care (Alcohol and Drug Services, Department of Social Services: Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, Mental Health, and Public School Services for Youth with Serious Emotional Disturbances), this project is currently in the data analysis phase and primarily focuses on Latinx children in the early high school years (mean age = 14.64).

The second project is a mixed-methods approach to understanding barriers to mental health service utilization among Latinx youth. As such, this study focused on collecting data from different mental health stakeholders (e.g., mental health providers, families in services, families not in services, and agency mangers) in an attempt to better understand differences in perception of barriers to Latinx youth service utilization among those involved in the process. This project is in the beginning stages of the data analysis phase, and is expected to continue throughout the year. Potential questions that will be explored include looking at differences between each of the above-mentioned groups on the quantity and type of barriers identified, solutions offered to reduce those barriers, and areas of disagreement in problem identification and perceptions of need.





A statement by the Steve Fund regarding the events in Charlottesville

Posted: August 14, 2017 6:25 pm
 

A statement by the Steve Fund regarding the events in Charlottesville, VA

On Saturday, August 12, 2017, white nationalists gathered in Charlottesville to protest the removal of a statue memorializing Robert E. Lee, the Confederacy’s top general. They marched with tiki torches, evoking images of the KKK and Nazi rallies. They were met by counter protesters. The situation became violent. Then, around 1:45 p.m., a car plowed into a group of counter protesters. Heather D. Heyer, 32, a paralegal from Charlottesville, was killed. 19 people were injured. In total, 34 people were wounded in the confrontations. Governor Terry McAuliffe of Virginia declared a state of emergency.

The Steve Fund condemns the violence, the hate crimes, and the racist movements that drive them. We are deeply concerned beyond the immediate impact of the events. Across the nation, young people of color are exposed to images that represent nothing short of profound racial trauma: Torch-bearing Neo-Nazis… Images of racist violence and hatred and bigotry… A car barreling into counter protesters…

These images and events will have a profound adverse impact on the emotional well-being and mental health of young people of color across the nation.

The situation is made worse by the fact that students of color are underserved compared to white students for their mental health concerns, as evidenced in a 2016 Harris Poll conducted online among 1,500 second-semester freshmen. For a young person of color who is already feeling depressed or anxious, events such as the ones in Charlottesville can exacerbate their emotional and mental health status. Further, the racial trauma engendered by such events, generally causes significant concern for young people of color and their families.

With the fall semester about to start around the nation, students of color everywhere, not just at the University of Virginia, now experience even more intense anxiety about their college experience. Likewise, their parents have even more reason to worry about the physical and emotional well-being of their children while away from home.

Research shows that differences in the ethnic background of students necessitate culturally specific approaches to supporting their mental health and emotional well-being.

It is more urgent than ever that universities implement culturally appropriate strategies and dedicate sufficient resources in support of the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color.

There are immediate resources to give young people of color. The Steve Fund has partnered with Crisis Text Line to provide a text messaging service to connect young people of color to crisis counseling. If you know young persons of color who feel anxious, depressed or stressed, please let them know that they can text “STEVE” to 741741 to connect with a live, trained crisis counselor 24/7.

The Steve Fund and The Jed Foundation have also partnered to create the Equity in Mental Health Framework with expert recommendations for America’s colleges and universities to better support the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color. This framework is based on a systematic literature review; a survey of existing evidence-based programs; expert input from mental health and higher education leaders; and a survey of more than 1,000 racially diverse students and expert feedback from students themselves. It will be released later in 2017. It is our hope that the Equity in Mental Health Framework will empower colleges and universities across the nation to significantly improve the support for the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color.

To sign up for updates about the Equity in Mental Health Framework, please visit http://www.equityinmentalhealth.org/

The Steve Fund is working with higher education leaders across the nation to improve support for the mental health and emotional well-being of college and university students of color. If you are a leader in higher education and would like to connect with us for advice, program options, and resources, please email us at info@stevefund.org. There is also more information on the Steve Fund’s Programs and Services page.

With people of color forming the majority of Americans by 2044 (by 2020 for children), the future success of our nation will depend on the mental health and emotional well-being of all student populations, and on colleges and universities to provide support appropriately.

In these troubled times, our focus on the emotional well-being and mental health of college and university students of color is more urgent than ever.





News coverage: Psychiatric News reports on mental health of students of color

Posted: July 28, 2017 5:59 pm
 

American Psychiatric Association reports on students of color mental health

Psychiatric News, the print and electronic news service of the American Psychiatric Association, is reporting on the subject of mental health of students of color in an article on a recent panel session led by Dr. Annelle Primm, the senior medical advisor to the Steve Fund. The article cites Dr. Primm’s co-presenters with insights and observations on groups including Asian-American, Hispanic, and Native American students of color.

Read the article




Meet the Steve Fund’s team: Deidra Dain, Senior Advisor for Programs

Posted: July 28, 2017 2:16 pm
 

Meet the Steve Fund’s team: Deidra Dain, Senior Advisor for Programs

Deidra Dain

What do you do for The Steve Fund?
In my role as Senior Advisor for Programs, I serve the Steve Fund in a variety of ways, starting with designing programs and services that deliver useful information and tools backed by research and evidence. I also help identify and develop partnerships with higher education and nonprofit organizations which serve high school and college students of color who are preparing for and entering college, proceeding through college, and transitioning to careers. Many of our nonprofit partners are increasingly cognizant of the value of mental health and emotional wellness in their scholars’ overall health, academic performance, and sense of self, and they want to do all they can to support the students and their family members. Steve Fund experts deliver programs to numerous students, coaches, counselors, staff, and faculty from an array of organizations across the U.S.

I also help facilitate other initiatives at the Steve Fund, such as targeting relevant professional conferences, collaborating on designing presentation content, and monitoring conference evaluations so we can continually improve our deliveries. I greatly appreciate working with the knowledge leaders and other practitioners who present on behalf of the Steve Fund as we create and implement learning opportunities during conferences, organization-specific small and large group session, both in-person and online.

Another area of programming I’m involved in is the development and management of scholarship administration with professional psychological associations whose members represent underserved populations. We support undergraduate and graduate students of color from these associations in their research of mental health issues with the goal of improving outcomes and raising more awareness.

What got you involved with The Steve Fund?
I first became involved with the Steve Fund in October 2015, following a referral by Dr. Annelle Primm. I’ve worked with Dr. Primm for about  eight years on a few different behavioral health initiatives. As the Steve Fund was starting up, co-founder Stephanie Bell-Rose and I enjoyed several conversations about the needs of the emerging organization. Given my background in organizational behavior and development, minority behavioral health, and program management, we discovered a lot of common areas of interest and need.

What fuels your passion for this work?
It’s extremely rewarding to be actively involved in contributing to approaches that can improve outcomes for people who have otherwise not had access, or for some reason, have not sought help for mental health issues. Stigma is a huge barrier for so many people, and I feel strongly that we can help to change that paradigm–by supporting research, providing information, engaging in conversations that support the interconnectedness of mental health and physical health, and by encouraging peer groups to form and find strength in their culturally specific ways. Hope underlies all journeys of health and wellness; I am passionate about spreading that message.

What are your future goals with The Steve Fund?
I look forward to serving our team as we further advance the Steve Fund’s mission with more individuals and organizations. We have a lot of work to do! So much depends on communicating with stakeholders about who we are, what we do, and pursuing partnership opportunities with others so we can all leverage our capabilities, and truly transform people, organizations, and communities.





Join the Steve Fund for a Twitter Chat on July 26

Posted: July 24, 2017 7:47 pm
 

Join Our Twitter Chat

What’s Happening: The Steve Fund will be hosting our very first Live Twitter Chat July 26th from 12pm-3:00 pm, and the topic will be “How can The Steve Fund engage with students of color?” We’ll be tweeting out a question every half hour using the hashtag #askaboutsteve.

How you can participate: You can find these questions on your Twitter feed by following us on Twitter, or you can search for #askaboutsteve with the Twitter search bar. If you want to answer any of our questions, you can tag @thestevefund and use #askaboutsteve in your responses so that we can find and respond to them!

Question? Please email stephen@stevefund.org.





The Challenge of Moving on from College for the Young Person of Color

Posted: July 20, 2017 1:07 pm
 

“The Challenge  of Moving on from College  for the Young Person of Color”

By Alexandra Williams

This post is part of the Steve Fund’s celebration of National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, July 2017

Transitions are difficult. Four years ago at this time, I had just graduated high school and was preparing for the next four years of my life in college. By preparing, I mean frantically looking up my future roommates on Facebook, perusing class options and extracurriculars I could be interested in, and eagerly counting down the days until I would be living “on my own.” College was this beautiful and magical place that I had worked so hard to reach, and now it was here, and I was going to have full reign to make it mine. I participated in a first-year orientation program called Cultural Connections that started before the rest of the undergraduate class arrived on campus. I was able to learn how to get around, develop relationships with dozens of my peers – some of whom would continue to be my best friends throughout all four years, and get to know upperclassmen who were our counselors for the week. I was eased into the newness and chaos of college through this program, and subsequently found it easier to have my bearings from the get-go.

Once the other first years arrived on campus, we had a week full of different orientation sessions, of icebreakers, and nonstop social gallivanting. But, my experience is not the same, nor perhaps even standard, for many first year students. Some students experience mental health problems for the first time during this transition period and must also grapple with identifying resources, seeking out support from psychological staff, or from friends that they hardly know yet. Other students become overwhelmed by the constant buzz and develop anxiety, becoming overpoweringly worried about if they’re taking the right classes, or going to enough parties, or meeting enough people. For students of color, particularly at Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs), their experience of isolation, fear, or anxiousness may be further exacerbated by existing systematic racism that exists in our society and on college campuses everywhere.

Now, it’s four years later. I made it through college and graduated! Yay! But, now, the next transition awaits, and this one, though exciting is also more daunting. From high school to college, there is a clear progression. From college to the “real world,” the steps are nonexistent. Who knows what exactly you should do or how? Who is going to give me a week-long orientation to “being an adult”? My peers are traveling more divergent roads now, some going into the workforce, others going to grad school, some traveling for a long period of time. College, we knew, or at least we felt like we knew from movies, or older siblings, or teachers, or mentors, what we were getting ourselves into.

For this post-college leap, everything seems a bit more in limbo. In particular, for students of color leaving college, the world again becomes a more “real” and therefore scarier place. There are realistic threats to our physical well-being such as indiscriminate police brutality and racially charged aggression, but there are also more acute threats to our emotional well-being. Daily, we may encounter microaggressions that belittle our intelligence or stereotype our behavior; our every move will be scrutinized from those navigating the same spaces we are. College, whether it was a positive experience or not, eventually became some semblance of a home. We found pockets of comfort and security, whether that be in the arms of friends, in the classroom, at our extracurriculars. In the real world, not everyone has that same sense of security and comfort right away, and for young people of color, that makes this next phase of life a much more strenuous place to thrive in.

I encourage you all to reach out to someone experiencing a transition in their life and talk to them about it, be there for them, learn from them, and continue to support organizations like The Steve Fund, as they work to ensure the mental health and emotional well-being of people of color stays intact, and flourishes, in these often difficult times.

Alexandra Williams was until recently a senior at Yale University majoring in political science with a concentration in urban studies. She serves as the National Youth Adviser of the Steve Fund and oversees the development and activities of the Youth Advisory Board and directs other youth engagement initiatives.





How you can volunteer for the Steve Fund

Posted: July 12, 2017 1:46 pm
 

How you can volunteer for the Steve Fund

Thank you for being a part of our community! This July for Minority Mental Health Month, we encourage you to get involved in raising awareness and promoting the emotional well-being of students of color. Check out this list for volunteer ideas:

  • Help us build our Steve Fund network by sending us information on mental health practitioners and organizations working to support young people of color in your community!
  • Submit a brief paragraph via  http://www.stevefund.org/contact/ highlighting local organizations, counselors, activists, or therapists committed to promoting the mental health of young people of color to be featured on our Facebook and Instagram (@TheSteveFund).
  • Volunteer as a Crisis Counselor with Crisis Text Line http://www.stevefund.org/crisistextline/
  • Encourage young people of color in your networks to apply for the Steve Fund’s Youth Advisory Board! http://www.stevefund.org/youth-advisory-board/
  • Participate in our Minority Mental Health Month Twitter Chat on July 26th from 12-3 PM ET using the hashtags  #askaboutsteve and #minoritymentalhealth
  • Share the Steve Fund Facebook page with 10 friends
  • Join the 7 Cups of Tea Young People of Color support group, sponsored by The Steve Fund as a trained active listener: https://www.7cups.com/home/poc/

Continue to email us with your programming ideas, suggestions, and topics you want to learn more about! We love hearing your feedback and it is essential to keep this organization growing in a direction that best serves young people of color across the country. http://www.stevefund.org/contact/





Meet the Steve Fund’s team: Stephen Berkemeier, Social Media Consultant

Posted: July 12, 2017 1:00 pm
 

Meet the Steve Fund’s team: Stephen Berkemeier, Social Media Consultant

What do you do for The Steve Fund?

Stephen Berkemeier

I’ve been with the Steve Fund for two years, and during that time I’ve had a number of different titles and responsibilities. Currently, I work as The Steve Fund’s social media consultant. I work with other team members to brainstorm and execute ideas for reaching out to our followers across our various social media accounts.

What got you involved with The Steve Fund?

I first heard of the Steve fund through an email that was forwarded to me by a mentor of mine. At the time I was working with Dr. Daphne Watkins on the early stages of the YBMen project (https://www.ybmenproject.com), and was looking for a job I could start during the summer. A short while after receiving the email, I was talking with Stephanie Bell-Rose (the founder of The Steve Fund) over the phone and learning more about what it was they were looking for. I loved the mission that The Steve Fund is built on and knew immediately that it was a cause that I wanted to be a part of. We hit it off, and shortly afterward I became a part of the team, and have stayed with them ever since.

What fuels your passion for this work?

My passion for our work comes from my lived experiences as a bi-racial individual and my passions for mental health in general. Firstly, my experiences as a bi-racial individual are constantly changing and affecting the lens through which I see the world. To other Latinos, I’m often considered as too white to be Latino, and to non-Latino cultures, I am considered to be fully Latino. In both scenarios, I am expected to identify and behave in whichever culture others have chosen for me.  This has led to many distressing experiences, and studying psychology for four years has made me keenly aware of the lack of research and resources available for individuals with experiences like mine. The Steve Fund has provided me with not only an opportunity to raise awareness of this cause but to work personally with some of the brilliant minds that are working vigilantly to rectify it.

What are your future goals with The Steve Fund?

I would love to see The Steve Fund become a focal point for researchers and students who are just as passionate as myself and the wonderful people I work with. People are becoming more and more aware of the importance of their mental health with every passing day, and I want to see The Steve Fund play an integral role in getting students to a place, where they know taking care of their mental and emotional health is every bit as important as taking care of their physical health.





Meet the Steve Fund’s team: Dr. Annelle Primm, Senior Medical Advisor

Posted: July 6, 2017 12:27 pm
 

Meet the Steve Fund’s team: Dr. Annelle Primm, Senior Medical Advisor

Dr. Annelle Primm, Senior Medical Advisor

I serve in the role of Senior Medical Adviser of the Steve Fund and provide consultation on a variety of mental health issues as it relates to college students of color. I work with the Steve Fund team on developing its Young, Gifted, & at Risk conferences and also identify leaders, scholars, and resources that the Steve Fund can utilize to enlighten the public about its work.

I got involved with The Steve Fund because one of my physician colleagues from Baltimore, Dr. Gregory Branch, is a family member of Stephen C. Rose, the person for whom the Steve Fund is named. Dr. Branch knew of my work in psychiatry and cultural diversity at the American Psychiatric Association and asked me to work with Stephen’s family in developing the Steve Fund’s first Young, Gifted & at Risk Conference at Brown University in 2014. I have been involved with the Steve Fund ever since!

As a psychiatrist, I am keenly aware of the increased stress and pressures young people of color face before, during, and after college, especially in today’s polarized society. I want to be a part of the solution by working with the Steve Fund to enlighten family members, faculty, university administrators, and students themselves, to understand the needs of students of color and be intentional and deliberate about instituting protective factors to optimize their college experience.⠀

In the future I want the Steve Fund to be known across the nation among students and families of color and colleges and universities as the “go-to” resource for learning about the unique challenges students of color face and for implementing strategies to maximize their mental health and well-being.





Meet the Steve Fund’s team: Alexandra Williams, National Youth Advisor

Posted: July 3, 2017 3:49 pm
 

Meet the Steve Fund’s team: Alexandra Williams, National Youth Advisor

As the National Youth Advisor for the Steve Fund, my primary responsibilities include overseeing the Youth Advisory Board, providing comprehensive feedback on new and existing Steve Fund programming, and joining in on additional projects as needed! I also support the Steve Fund with contact database management. Last summer, I began the inaugural Youth Advisory Board and managed a group of nine college students across the country. The Youth Advisory Board provides critical feedback to Steve Fund programming and works on assignments designed to support the Steve Fund’s mission of promoting the mental health of students of color. The application for the 2017-2018 Youth Advisory Board is now open!

I initially began working with the Steve Fund in 2014 the summer after my first year of college at Yale University. Stephanie Bell-Rose, the founder of the organization, was a close friend of my family and knew of my interest in raising awareness about mental health issues for young people of color in particular. She talked to me about the organization while it was still in its “idea” phase and I was immediately inspired and excited to help out however possible. It is incredible to see how much the Steve Fund has grown in only three years.

My passion for this work is fueled by the necessity and importance of supporting marginalized individuals of color who are not only battling with the everyday instances of micro-aggressions, racism, xenophobia, and trauma but also may be struggling with a variety of mental health issues. Supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of my peers and our communities is essential in creating a more inclusive and harmonious society.
At the end of this summer I hope to finalize the next cohort of the Youth Advisory Board and identify two new Co-Chairs to lead the Board’s efforts! I also hope to optimize our digital presence and database management software by exploring new platforms that would benefit the Steve Fund as we continue to grow in size and in impact. In terms of long term goals, I hope the Steve Fund becomes a key player in improving mental health support and resources for people of color across the country, and eventually, across the globe.




Insight into Diversity reports on the Steve Fund

Posted: June 29, 2017 1:44 pm
 

Insight into Diversity is quoting Steve Fund executive director Dr. Terri Wright in an article about the Fund. “… while students of color aren’t necessarily experiencing higher rates of mental illness or emotional distress than others, their reactions to situations on campus are often informed by their racial or ethnic background. The challenge is uncovering what the unique needs of this particular population are, not because they experience mental illness more or are more at risk to become mentally ill, but because their life experiences are distinctive and unique,” Dr. Wright says.

Read the full article