Webinar Part 3: Home for the holidays – Supporting your student through transitions

New Webinar Series on Student-Of-Color Mental Health

The Steve Fund will host a three-installment webinar series for parents and families addressing the mental health of college students of color.

The webinar series will focus on aspects of mental health and well-being for the student, discussing topics ranging from the unique pressures and challenges faced by students of color, to potential strategies for positive change. The presenter is Dr. Meeta Kumar, Director of Outreach and Prevention Services at the Counseling and Psychological Services as well as adjunct faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. She will discuss challenges faced by students of color during college and emerging adulthood and ways in which parents and family members can help their child thrive within this environment. We hope that this conversation will prompt dialogue and build knowledge around this issue among families, college leaders and service providers, and promote innovative solutions for this population.

The webinars will be of interest to parents and family members, college and university leaders, faculty, researchers, student services staff, college counseling professionals, and students and peers. They are ideal for families who seek to support the success and emotional well-being of students of color. They are also valuable to all mental health and student services professionals who would like to learn more on the subject from outstanding thought leaders in this area. Please join us as we discuss challenges faced by this group of students, opportunities for families to serve as impactful advocates and supporters of their students’ mental health, and institutional approaches for supporting program improvement.

Following the live webinars, access to view the recorded content will be available at the Steve Fund’s Knowledge Center on www.stevefund.org.

3rd Webinar: Thursday, December 1, 2016 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM EDT 

Home for the holidays: Supporting your student through transitions

Your college student will be home soon. Though holidays are eagerly awaited, they can often be stressful for both college students and their families. Learn about some common challenges that families face during the holidays and develop strategies for a positive experience. Holidays also offer opportunities to take stock of how your student is doing and how the semester worked out for them. This is also a time to support them in addressing academic, social or personal concerns. The webinar will provide information about university policies like leaves of absence and accommodations so families can work with their students to help them make good life decisions.

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Presenter: Dr. Meeta Kumar, Director of Outreach and Prevention Services at the Counseling and Psychological Services as well as adjunct faculty at the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Meeta Kumar

Dr. Meeta Kumar

Dr. Meeta Kumar is a psychologist and an experienced professional in the field of college mental health. She currently serves as the Director of Outreach and Prevention Services at the Counseling and Psychological Services as well as adjunct faculty at the University of Pennsylvania. She is responsible for coordination, development and delivery of university wide programs that support mental health and wellness of students. She works closely with all campus constituencies including faculty/staff, student groups and parents/families. She is a national presenter on an array of college mental health topics. She is adjunct faculty in the Asian American Studies department. She received her Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania.