The Steve Fund and University of Pennsylvania present:
Young, Gifted & @ Risk 2017 – The nation’s only conference on supporting the mental health of students of color at America’s Colleges and Universities

On November 14, 2017, the Steve Fund will partner with the University of Pennsylvania’s Counseling and Psychological Services to host the fourth annual “Young, Gifted & @Risk” (YGAR) symposium exploring the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color. This free, one-day (8:15 a.m.-5 p.m.) conference is the only event of its kind in the nation. YGAR attracts 300 scholars, campus administrators, mental health practitioners, students, community members, and families. The conference takes place in Houston Hall, America’s first student union center, at 3417 Spruce Street in the heart of Penn’s West Philadelphia campus.

Penn Provost Dr. Wendell Pritchett, Dean of Nursing Dr. Antonia Villarruel and Evan Rose, President of the Steve Fund, will deliver opening remarks. Dr. Howard Stevenson, Penn’s Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies, in the Human Development & Quantitative Methods Division of the Graduate School of Education, will deliver the keynote address.

Speaker Bios  Download the Program / Agenda  Post-conference photos and press

Speaker and panel topics in the morning will include cultural and identity themes such as:

  • African American/Black students in college: What works and what is needed to support optimal mental health.
  • Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians & Pacific Islanders: Who are we, how do we heal?
  • Latino students: Mental health challenges, strengths, and needs.
  • Native Americans: Overcoming the odds.

Afternoon sessions will include presentations and discussions on topics such as:

  • Student activism and fatigue
  • Muslim wellness in the face of Islamophobia
  • Supporting first generation and low-income students of color
  • Supporting international and undocumented students of color and other topics

The conference will feature spoken word performances by Penn students.

Houston Hall

What: Young, Gifted & @Risk Conference

Where: Houston Hall, University of Pennsylvania, 3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA

When: Tuesday, November 14, 8:15 am – 5 PM

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The Steve Fund

The Steve Fund is the nation’s only non-profit organization focused on promoting the mental health and emotional well-being of college and university students of color.  It works with colleges and universities, students, non-profits, researchers, practitioners, and with groups serving diverse populations.

The University of Pennsylvania

Founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1740, the University of Pennsylvania educates nearly 25,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from every state in the U.S. and more than 100 nations around the globe. Under the leadership of President Amy Gutmann, Penn has deepened its commitment to inclusion, innovation, and impact. Consistently ranked among the nation’s top 10 universities, Penn pledges to meet 100% of undergraduates’ financial need with grants-based financial aid. As an Ivy League institution, Penn is known for its devotion to intellectual curiosity and research, as well as to a commitment to creating a diverse community of scholars. Nearly half of all undergraduates self-identify as students of color, while 12 percent are international and 12 percent are the first in their families to attend college.

Counseling and Psychological Services

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers free, confidential clinical services and mental health outreach programming for all Penn undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. CAPS is staffed by nearly 60 psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, social workers, and graduate trainees. CAPS offers night and weekend hours to meet a diverse student body’s needs. Students can walk into CAPS to be seen at any time during office hours and can reach clinicians 24/7 by phone. CAPS’ expertise includes African-American, Latin@, Asian-American, Pacific Islander, African, Asian, and multiracial identity issues and counseling, LGBTQ/QQIPAA identity and care, women’s issues, gender issues, trans health, sexual health, family of origin and relationship issues.  Therapy is offered in Spanish, Mandarin, and Cantonese. Since 2014, CAPS clinicians have pioneered and expanded the I CARE Gatekeeper program, training more than 2,000 students, faculty, and staff how to intervene in situations of distress.

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