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 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.
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. 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