Held at John Jay College | 11.15.19
Exploring how students, faculty, and administrators can contribute to the mental health and academic success of students on their campus.
The Steve Fund, an organization dedicated to the mental health and emotional wellbeing of students of color, partnered with CUNY in using principles of design to support the improvement of mental health and academic equity throughout CUNY, the largest urban university system in the United States. The mental health and academic progress of students can be undermined by intersectional challenges and disparities in areas in their lives such as housing, food security, disability and chronic disease, sexual and reproductive health, immigrant status, access to health care and child care. This conference built on recent Healthy CUNY initiatives to engage students, faculty and staff in promoting mental health and the Steve Fund’s history of organizing convenings on equity in student mental health on diverse campuses and provided an opportunity for teams of students, faculty and administrators from each of CUNY’s 25 campuses to explore campus mental health more deeply. Participants discussed the impact of student characteristics, life circumstances, and campus cultures on the mental health of their students.