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Evan Rose, president of the board of The Steve Fund, at the opening of the convening

Evan Rose, president of the board of The Steve Fund, at the opening of the convening

110 senior higher education leaders gathered on Monday, February 13, 2017 at Morgan Stanley headquarters in New York City to provide feedback on a draft version of a groundbreaking recommendations framework intended to help improve the support for the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color at America’s colleges and universities.

The invitation-only event was organized by the Steve Fund and the Jed Foundation, with generous underwriting support from the Morgan Stanley Foundation.
Jeffrey Brodsky, Chief Human Resources Officer, Morgan Stanley, welcomes attendees

Jeffrey Brodsky, Chief Human Resources Officer, Morgan Stanley, welcomes attendees

The Steve Fund and The Jed Foundation have partnered to create the Equal Chance at Mental Health Framework with evidence-informed expert recommendations for America’s colleges and universities to better support the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color. Too many students of color are failing academically, suffering emotionally and in some cases are facing serious risk, including death, because population-specific factors influencing their mental health are poorly understood. The Equal Chance at Mental Health Framework will be based on a systematic literature review, on a survey of existing evidence-based programs, on expert input from mental health and higher education leaders  and on a survey of more than 1,000 students.

The attendees got an early preview of the ten recommendations that will be at the core of the mental health framework that the Steve Fund and Jed plan to roll out later this year.
John MacPhee, CEO of the JED Foundation, welcomes attendees.

John MacPhee, CEO of the JED Foundation, welcome attendees.

Steve Fund senior medical advisor Dr. Annelle Primm set the stage with a presentation that made the case for the need to improve support for mental health and emotional well-being of students of color. She was followed by a presentation of the draft recommendations by the senior medical advisors to the Steve Fund and JED, Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble and Dr. Victor Schwartz. A panel of four university presidents then provided their perspective and thoughts. The panel was moderated by Dr. Carlota Ocampo, Provost for Trinity Washington University. The panelists were:

Dr. John DeGioia, President of Georgetown University; Dr. Belinda S. Miles, President of Westchester Community College; Dr. John Silvanus Wilson Jr., President of Morehouse College; Dr. Robert L. Caret, Chancellor ofd the University System of Maryland; Dr. Carlota Ocampo, Provost for Trinity Washington University

Dr. John DeGioia, President of Georgetown University; Dr. Belinda S. Miles, President of Westchester Community College; Dr. John Silvanus Wilson Jr., President of Morehouse College; Dr. Robert L. Caret, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland; Dr. Carlota Ocampo, Provost of Trinity Washington University

  • Dr. John DeGioia, President of Georgetown University
  • Dr. Robert L. Caret, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland
  • Dr. John Silvanus Wilson Jr., President of Morehouse College
  • Dr. Belinda S. Miles, President of Westchester Community College
A facilitated discussion for conference attendees followed the panel to provide additional expert input on the framework and to share practical tips on implementing the recommendations on campuses. The discussions produced a number of ideas and important observations which the Steve Fund and Jed will incorporate into the final framework. Comments from the participants also highlighted the need for, importance of and excitement about the prospect of a clear and actionable recommendations framework that colleges and universities can implement to move the needle on supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color.
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