Programs & Services

With over 20 million students enrolled in American colleges and universities, 42% of whom self-identify as students of color, academic institutions face unique challenges in working to serve a variety of student needs. College students on today’s campuses face a number of concerns in the social, emotional, financial, and academic spheres. For students of color, their needs are often more acute given that they are more likely to feel isolated and overwhelmed, and less likely to seek care. The Steve Fund and JED Foundation teamed up to build the Equity in Mental Health Framework with input from mental health experts higher education leaders. This framework helps to support the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color on campus.

Building knowledge and capacity among organizations serving young people of color is a critical element of the Steve Fund’s mission. Therefore, we offer an array of programs and services based on the framework and designed to assist colleges and universities and nonprofits in improving their mental health and emotional well-being support for students of color. Programs and services include workshops, webinars, expert speakers, training and technical assistance led by multicultural mental health research and practice experts (i.e. psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers).

Listed below are our current programs and services.

  • Transition from High School to College:
    • Self-Care Workshop 1: In an effort to support the transition between high school and college, the Steve Fund will host a session for first-time college students (online or in person). This session will give students practical tools for managing stress and maintaining success in a new environment where students of color can face challenges such as micro-aggressions, imposter syndrome, non-belonging and isolation, and perceived discrimination. Guidance on the value of peer networks and support systems and the need to seek assistance when needed will be emphasized.
    • Self Care Workshop 2: The Steve Fund is supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color by conducting a Mental Health and Wellness Workshop (online or in person) for incoming freshmen and rising college sophomores addressing topics such as cross-cultural awareness, connecting feelings to behaviors, identification of symptoms, managing stress, isolation, peer pressure, anxiety, identifying coping skills, and destigmatizing discussions about mental health.
  • College Experience & Persistence:
    • Dealing with Stereotypes: The Steve Fund will host workshops led by our experts for students of color to address how a student’s multiple identities impact their campus experience and mental well-being. The workshop will focus on how gender, sexual orientation, religion/spirituality, social class, ability, nativity, etc., intersect with race and ethnicity to create unique challenges and strengths for communities of color.
    • Series for LGBTQ Students: The Steve Fund will host workshops led by our experts for LGBTQ students of color focusing on their unique challenges and equipping them with empowerment strategies to cope with daily stresses in their environment.
    • Crisis Text Messaging Service: The Steve Fund has partnered with Crisis Text Line and offers free, on-demand crisis counseling using text messaging as a means to improve the critically needed access to crisis counseling for young people of color. Trained Crisis Counselors are available 24/7 to receive texts and respond quickly to provide support.
  • Transition from College to Life Beyond and Careers:
    • Transition from College to Life Beyond and Careers: We will offer a Webinar and in-person workshop for supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color who are in college and transitioning to the workforce, graduate school, or undetermined about their next steps.
  • Support for Parents and Families:
    • Support for Parents and Families Webinars and presentations: This Steve Fund Webinar series for parents focuses on challenges faced by students of color during college and emerging adulthood and ways in which parents and family members can support their children, and help them to thrive throughout this experience. We will also focus on the transitions into college and to life beyond. Our services include the coordination of discussions with parents, both on-line and on campus.
  • Support for Administration, Staff, and Faculty:
    • Support for Administration, Staff and Faculty Consultation: The Steve Fund can provide consultation on building effective mental health supports for students of color on campus, identifying gaps and helping build capacity and skills. The Steve Fund focuses on a campus ecology framework emphasizing all aspects and resources in the student’s environment and their impacts on mental health and emotional well-being.
  • Speaker Series:
    • Supportive Racial Climate on Campus Speaker Series: Given the current climate on many campuses, the Steve Fund can host a single speaker or speaker series that will help the campus community probe global, national, and local events that might impact the campus community and students’ daily life, mental health, and emotional well-being. Speakers will create an inclusive dialogue with a strong emphasis on supporting students who may feel marginalized. For more detailed information about our programs and workshops please send an email message to programs@stevefund.org.

Technical Assistance

The Steve Fund recognizes the importance of supporting colleges, universities and nonprofits in implementing practical strategies described in the Equity in Mental Health Framework (EMHF) developed in collaboration with our partner, JED. We’re eager to partner with colleges, universities, and non-profits as they explore, develop, implement, evolve and scale-up much-needed programs and services for the emotional well-being and mental health of students of color. To this end, working with noted multicultural mental health experts, we offer a suite of technical assistance services which we hope will be of assistance.

  • Technical Assistance for Administration, Staff, and Faculty in Assessing Gaps: Technical Assistance for Administration, Staff, and Faculty in Assessing Gaps: The Steve Fund can advise campus and organizational leaders on how to identify gaps in their programs and services to promote the mental health of students of color.
  • Support for Clinical Care: The Steve Fund can help campuses and organizations build evidence-based practices into programs focused on the mental health and well-being of college students of color.  Experts from The Steve Fund can also support campuses in building adaptations to existing programs and collecting and disseminating data regarding the impacts of these new programs.
  • Research Development for Programming:  The Equity in Mental Health Framework’s recommendations propose that campuses regularly collect data from students, faculty, and administrators.  The Steve Fund has a team of skilled academic researchers with expertise in mental health disparities, clinical research, mixed methods research and approaches to engaging hard to reach populations.  The Steve Fund will collaborate to design and implement a research program to build relevant research for on-campus services development, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Human Capital for Diversity on Campus: The Steve Fund can collaborate with Human Resource administrators and others with hiring roles to support strategy development for recruitment of diverse faculty and professional staff, emphasizing alignment to the identities represented within the student body.