11.15.19

Presented by The Steve Fund, an organization dedicated to the mental, social, and emotional health of students of color.

Exploring how students, faculty, and administrators can contribute to the mental health and academic success of students on their campus.

Optimizing the mental health and well-being of its students will assist CUNY in realizing its historic mission to provide young people in New York City better chances of success and upward mobility.

The Steve Fund, an organization dedicated to the mental, social, and emotional health of students of color, is partnering 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 builds 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 aims to provide an opportunity for teams of students, faculty and administrators from each of CUNY’s 25 campuses to explore campus mental health more deeply. Participants will discuss the impact of student characteristics and life circumstances and campus cultures on the mental health of their students. 

The ultimate goal of this meeting and its follow-up is to formulate solutions to overcome the barriers, activate the facilitators and create the conditions for mental health, emotional well-being and academic success for all students. 

Learning Objectives:
At the conclusion the conference, attendees will be able to:

Discuss the societal context and social determinants most significant to the mental health and academic well-being of CUNY’s large and diverse student body. 

Specify barriers and facilitators to mental health and academic well-being associated with a wide range of student intersectional identities and circumstances, including family income, age, race/ethnicity, gender and sexuality and nativity. 

Identify the levers, strategies and solutions associated with social determinants that can improve the mental health and academic well-being of CUNY students. 

List the roles that students, faculty and administrators can play in achieving the goal of mental health and academic well-being for all CUNY students. 

Describe the basic steps of the design process as it relates to making change in support of improving student mental health. 

Identify specific ways students, faculty and administrators can contribute to improving mental health and academic success on their campus. 

AGENDA

8:30 am to 9:00 am

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 am to 9:30 am

Welcome & Opening/Purpose

Karol V. Mason, President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, The City University of New York
Gordon Bell, Board Member, The Steve Fund
Evan M. Rose
, Steve Fund Board Chair
Annelle Primm, Senior Medical Director, Steve Fund

Lobby

9:30 am to 9:50 am

Opening Plenary/Keynote Session

Confronting Social Determinants of Mental Health to Ensure Academic Success for Populations of Students of Color

Andrés Pumariega, Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Florida; Senior Advisor, Steve Fund

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9:50 am to 10:35 am

A Conversation with Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez and Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost José Luis Cruz

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10:35 am to 10:45 am

Introduction to Participatory Design Thinking in Addressing Mental Health

Victoria Ngo, Associate Professor of Community Health and Social Sciences, Deputy Director of CUNY School of Public Health Center for Innovation in Mental Health

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10:45 am to 11:30 am

Student Panel: Nothing About Us, Without Us

Moderator: Jay Wang, Steve Fund Youth Advisory Board Chair Panelists: Taytum Dunn, Steve Fund Youth Advisory Board; Leonard Blades, Chair of CUNY Coalition for Students with Disabilities (CCSD) & USS Vice Chair for Disabled Student Affairs; Bertha Fountain, Doctoral Candidate at CUNY Graduate Center

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11:30 pm to 12:00 pm

Networking Lunch

Lobby

12:00 pm to 1:15 pm

Breakout #1: Understanding Student Roles, Identities and Circumstances

The goal of this session is to identify the distinct mental health strengths and challenges diverse student populations face. Each breakout session will be co-led by a professional/faculty expert and a student expert. 

A Place to Call Home: Housing Insecurity Among Students, Room 1.77 (1st Floor)
Faculty Expert: Bertha Fountain, CUNY Graduate Center and Silberman School of Social Work; Student Expert: Krysti Stern, Undergraduate student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice 

Supporting the Well-being of LGBTQ+ Students | Room 1.75 (1st Floor)
Faculty Expert: David Rivera, Associate Professor of Counselor Education at Queens College, CUNY; Student Expert: Gabriel Hooghuis, Graduate student at the School of Professional Studies
and Kyle Reese, Undergraduate student at Brooklyn College

Double Duty: Juggling the Roles of Student and Parent | Room 1.73 (1st Floor)
Faculty Expert: Meredith G. Manze, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health and Social Sciences at the CUNY School of Public Health; Student Expert: Yukari Izumiyama, Undergraduate student at LaGuardia Community College

Life as a Student of Color: Coping with Racial and Gender Bias and Xenophobia
Room 1.71 (1st Floor)
Faculty Expert: David Bell, MD Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center, Medical Director of the Young Men’s Clinic; Student Expert: Adashima Oyo, Doctoral Candidate at CUNY Graduate Center

In Pursuit of Physical and Emotional Well-being | Room 1.69 (1st Floor) 
Professional Expert: Christopher Rosa, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Inclusion Initiatives; Student Expert: Emilia Salazar, Undergraduate student at Hunter College

It’s a Journey: From Trauma to Resilience | Room 1.67 (1st Floor)
Professional Expert: Victoria Ngo, Associate Professor of Community Health and Social Sciences, Deputy Director of CUNY SPH’s Center for Innovation in Mental Health; Student Expert: pending

From There to Here: Unique Experiences of Immigrant Students | Room 1.65 (1st Floor)
Professional Expert: Stephanie Delia, Managing Attorney of CUNY Citizenship Now!; Student Expert: Karina Dávila, Undergraduate student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Participatory Design to Promote Mental Health in Higher Education | Room 1.63 (1st Floor)
Professional Expert: Tracey DeLuca, Design Strategist, Steve Fund 

Various, see breakout session description.

1:15 pm to 2:15 pm

Breakout #2 Campus Roles

The goal of this session is to explore how members of the campus community can use their roles to support the mental health and emotional well-being of students.

Students: Rooms 1.67 (1st Floor) & 1.65 (1st Floor)
Faculty: Room 1.63 (1st Floor)
Staff: Rooms 1.73 (1st Floor), 1.71 (1st Floor), & 1.69 (1st Floor)
Admin: Rooms 1.77 (1st Floor), & 1.75 (1st Floor)

Various, see breakout session description.

2:15 pm to 3:00 pm

Breakout #3 Campus Call to Action

Begin action planning campus-based next steps. Based on information from today’s convening, what considerations are necessary to cultivate a campus community that meets the social, emotional and mental health needs of students.

BMCC, Bronx CC, Hostos CC, Kingsborough CC:
Room 1.77 (1st Floor)

Guttman CC, LaGuardia CC, Queensborough CC:
Room 1.75 (1st Floor)

York College, Queens College, Medgar Evers College, Lehman College:
Room 1.73 (1st Floor)

City Tech, College of Staten Island, Hunter College:
Room 1.71 (1st Floor)

John Jay College, Baruch College, Brooklyn College:
Room 1.69 (1st Floor)

Graduate School of Journalism, Grad Center, Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy:
Room1.67 (1st Floor)

School of Labor & Urban Studies, School of Prof. Studies, Macaulay Honors College:
Room 1.65 (1st Floor)

The Steve Fund + Others: Room 1.63 (1st Floor)

Various, see breakout session description.

3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Closing Presentation 

When Beating the Odds Means Asking for Help
Michael A. Lindsey, Director of the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research, McSilver Professor of Poverty Studies at NYU Silver School of Social Work

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3:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Final Reflections & Closing Remarks 

CUNY Next Steps, Nick Freudenberg, Faculty Director, Healthy CUNY Final Reflections
Anuja Khemka, Executive Director, Steve Fund

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Planning Committee:

Ryan M. Camire
University Director of Mental Health and Wellness
The City University of New York

Tisha Edwards
Senior Strategy Advisor
Steve Fund

Nicholas Freudenberg
Distinguished Professor of Public Health
The City University of New York School of Public Health and Health Policy

Patti Lamberson
Deputy Director, Healthy CUNY

Dolly Martínez
Chancellor’s Chief of Staff and Associate Vice Chancellor for The Executive Office
The City University of New York

Annelle Primm
Senior Medical Director, Steve Fund

Narcisa Polonio
Higher Education Strategist, Steve Fund

Rachel Stephenson
Chief of Staff to the Executive Vice Chancellor & University Provost
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Strategy & Operations

Monica Tavares
Associate Vice Chancellor, Office of Communications and Marketing

Felix Vargas
Director of Special Events, Office of The Chancellor