Statement regarding recent incidents of racial profiling on college campuses

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By: Anuja Khemka, Executive Director

As an organization dedicated to the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color, the Steve Fund is extremely concerned about recent incidents at colleges and universities where college students of color have been racially profiled and subjected to harsh consequences. We recognize that when racial profiling is not acknowledged, the health impacts can be wide ranging.

At Yale University, a black graduate student fell asleep in her dorm’s common area and a white student called the police on her, because the white student believed she had no right to sleep there. Similarly, earlier this month, while two Native American young men were on a campus tour at Colorado State University, a visiting parent called campus police because she reported feeling anxious by the boys presence on the tour.

It’s clear that students of color experience a variety of difficult situations which can contribute to greater psychological distress, especially when they’re victims of microaggressions and racism. The incidents at Yale and Colorado State University are not only examples of racial profiling, but also examples of how there’s been a recent string of white people calling the cops on people of color for minor incidents. These incidents also highlight how racial profiling can have a negative impact on college students of color, because it can make them feel as if they have no real way to effectively respond or handle the situation, which, as a result, could lead to poor academic performance, feeling distraught and hopeless, and even becoming depressed.

Difficulties posed by these circumstances may be worsened when students lack a supportive social network and face barriers to seeking help, which is why it’s critical that we continue to talk about these issues and offer support for these students.

The Steve Fund has focused its efforts on reducing the risks that students of color face and removing the barriers to seeking help, before, during, and after college. In partnership with the JED Foundation, the Steve Fund has established an Equity in Mental Health Framework with a set of recommendations to support the mental health of college students of color, such as increasing diversity of faculty and staff, making resources that support the mental health of students of color available and publicizing them, and gathering data to increase understanding about how to meet students’ mental health needs.

However, this is just a start. More research, population-specific supports, and attention to campus climate are needed to improve college life so that all students can thrive

Join Us at the Campus Prevention Network Summit June 6-8 in New Orleans

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Join us at the 2018 Campus Prevention Network Summit

The Steve Fund is partnering with EVERFI to conduct the 2018 Campus Prevention Network Summit June 6 – June 8 in New Orleans, LA.

Join us!  This three-day gathering of seasoned higher education professionals, prevention education leaders, health and safety stakeholders, and representatives from Student Affairs, Title IX, sorority and fraternity organizations, and HR offers opportunities to transform the discussions, strategy, and initiatives that keep campuses healthy and safe.

Stop by the Steve Fund’s exhibit to gain insight into the Equity in Mental Health Framework and discuss how it works to improve the mental health of students of color.


As a Summit Partner in Thought Leadership, we are pleased to provide you with a special registration rate of $100 (a $349 discount!) using code stevefundsummit100




The Power of Self Care – April 2018

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The Power of Self Care 

Please read our April 2018 Newsletter for a full update.

 Executive Director’s Note

Maintaining mental health and emotional well-being is a daily practice, and springtime is a great opportunity to renew our commitment to that discipline.  Across the Steve Fund’s work with students, staff & faculty, and parents & families across the country, many students share their self care tips, but many others still see self care as indulgent or unproductive.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Self care is how we cultivate the potent habit of treating ourselves well –both physically and mentally.  This month’s newsletter outlines some resources we hope you’ll find helpful in maintaining your own self carepractice and to share with your peers as the school year marches on.

Be well,

Anuja Khemka
Executive Director




Celebrate Minority Health Month with us by participating in the Peer to Peer Self Care Tips Campaign

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Article: The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports Anuja Khemka’s appointment as Executive Director

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Former Corporate Philanthropy Player Will Lead the Steve Fund

FEBRUARY 16, 2018 

MJ Prest

Anuja Khemka, a nonprofit consultant and senior strategy and programs adviser at this charity, which is dedicated to improving the mental well-being of minority students, has been elevated to executive director.

Read the article