2017 Activities

Programs and Services

The Steve Funds offers an array of programs and services designed to assist both, institutions of higher education and nonprofits, in improving their support for the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color. Programs and services include workshops, webinars, expert speakers, training and technology innovations. These services are designed and delivered by Steve Fund mental health experts: psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and scientific advisors.

  • Harvard University, Black Students Association & Indigo: The Steve Fund organized two workshops with our mental health expert Dr. David Rivera, addressing 31 students on emotional well-being subjects including  imposter syndrome and microaggressions.
  • Brown University, All Ivy Mental Health Conference: The Steve Fund provided a keynote speaker at the All Ivy Mental Health Conference hosted at Brown University, attended by 80 students. The Steve Fund’s Senior Scientific Advisor Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble served as the keynote speaker and our mental health expert Dr. David Rivera served as a panelist addressing 45 students on how to deal with racial stereotypes.
  • Yale University, Black Solidarity Conference: The Steve Fund provided support to incorporate a focus on mental health and emotional well-being of black college students at this annual convening of 700 students from across the nation hosted at Yale University. 
  • Miami Dade College (MDC): MDC has signed up for the Steve Fund’s 24/7 crisis counseling service reaching 92,085 students.
  • African American Male Education & Network Development (A2MEND): The Steve Fund’s Senior Scientific Advisor Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble presented to 150 Black / African American and Latino male community college students on reducing and managing stress at the A2MEND conference.
  • Jackie Robinson Foundation (JRF): Steve Fund Senior Medical Advisor Dr. Annelle Primm hosted a workshop for 25 Scholar Advisory Committee Leaders for JRF.
  • Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO): SEO is hosting a workshop with Steve Fund’s Senior Scientific Advisor Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble for 65 students, addressing the subject of stress and anxiety management.
  • LULAC National Educational Service Center: A national Latino organization that advances the economic condition, educational attainment, and civil rights of the Hispanic population signed up for the Steve Fund’s 24/7 crisis text messaging service, reaching 3,000 students.
  • Management Leadership for Tomorrow: Steve Fund expert Dr. David Rivera delivered an online session on intersectionality with emphasis on LGBTQ to approximately ten Career Prep and Ascend coaches who serve a combined student population of approximately 600 students.


The Steve Fund believes it is essential to support the development of knowledge and thought leadership, to create and share best practices, to connect scholars and practitioners, and to encourage and help professionals in campus mental health and student services to more effectively assist students of color.

  • Higher education summit to review an early draft of the Equity in Mental Health Framework, hosted in partnership with the Chronicle of Higher Education at Morgan Stanley, New York.
  • The Steve Fund’s fourth annual national conference, Young, Gifted & @Risk, Nov 14, 2017, will be hosted at the University of  Pennsylvania. Learn more and register here.


The Steve Fund believes that college and university leaders will adopt recommendations if based on expert advice and research regarding best programs, practices, environments and policies to meet the needs of students of color. By supporting competitive scholarships for research on the mental health challenges facing college students of color, the Fund is supporting the growth of a generation of scholars with the knowledge and the capacity to address the behavioral health needs of students of color.  

  • Equity in Mental Health Framework: Actionable recommendations for colleges and universities to support the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color created in partnership with Harvard Medical School (coming late summer / fall 2017).
  • Nielsen survey addressing mental health needs of students of color conducted with 1,000 college and university students. The results will be published in fall 2017.


A critical element of the Steve Fund’s strategy is assisting organizations that serve students of color to access knowledge about the needs of students of color regarding mental health and emotional well-being. The Steve Fund is collaborating with a number of groups to position mental health on their agendas, to promote awareness and dialogue, and to inform their constituents about how to obtain help.  

  • Healthy Minds Network Webinar: Impact of Campus and National Climate on Student Mental Health
  • Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO): The Steve Fund provided SEO with six webinars to train their College Persistence Advisors