Tuesday, April 16, 2019
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM EDT

Young, Gifted & Well

Mental Health and Emotional Wellness for Students of Color

Get Engaged & Follow the Discussion Online: #YoungGiftedWell2019 and #SteveFundHarvard

Harvard University and The Steve Fund invite you:

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM EDT
Join us for a day-long convening with leading researchers, practitioners, administrators, faculty and students who will come together to understand mental and emotional health experiences of young people of color within Harvard University and how we can better support wellness through policy and practice.

Student Organization Center at Hilles
Hosted by The Harvard Graduate School of Education,
Harvard School of Public Health,
Harvard Office of the President and Provost
& The Steve Fund

Registration is now open! Click here to RSVP.
Admission free | Space limited | Registration required

Persons with disabilities who would like to request accommodations or have questions about physical access may email theresa_knapp@harvard.edu or call 617-496-9678 in advance of the program.


8:30am to 9:00am
Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00am to 9:30am

Mr. Gordon Bell, Master of Ceremonies
Dr. Alan M. Garber, Provost, Harvard University
Mr. Evan Rose, President and Co-founder, The Steve Fund
Dr. Bridget Terry Long, Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Dr. John S. Wilson, Senior Advisor and Strategist to the President, Harvard University

9:30am to 10:30am
Plenary 1: Cultural & Social Determinants of Mental and Emotional Health with Dr. Josephine Kim and Dr. Anthony Jack, followed by Q&A.

Speakers: Dr. Kim is a dual faculty member at Harvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard School of Dental Medicine; faculty at Center for Cross-Cultural Student Emotional Wellness at Massachusetts General Hospital; Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Harvard School of Dental Medicine; former fellow in the Office of the Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity and Equity. Works with multicultural populations through individual, group and family counseling; serves as an expert on multicultural, mental health, career development and educational issues, and was deployed by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to work with victims after Hurricane Katrina and Virginia Tech campus violence. Dr. Jack is a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, an assistant professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and holds the Shutzer Assistant Professorship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He is a first-generation college student whose research focuses on the overlooked diversity among lower-income undergraduates, and has earned awards from the American Sociological Association, Eastern Sociological Society, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems.

10:30am to 10:45am
10:45am to 11:15am
Plenary 2: Intersectionality and Mental Health
11:15am to 12:00pm
Student panel, moderated by Deanna Lee

Speaker: David Rivera PhD is a Steve Fund advisor and is on faculty at Queens College and City University. Dr. Rivera’s research focuses on competency development and issues impacting the marginalization and well-being of low-income/first-generation college students, people of color, and oppressed sexual orientation and gender identity groups, with a focus on macroaggressions.

11:45am to 12:00pm
Evaluation of morning session
12:00pm to 1:00pm
12:30pm to 1:00pm
Registration for afternoon session

—— Breakout sessions, pre-registration required ——

1:00pm to 2:15pm
Breakout sessions: Speaker presentation followed by student engagement; moderators collect key points to be shared back to full group at 2:30pm

Breakout #1: Engaging in Self-Care: Staying on Top of Mental Health in College presented by Harvard Counseling and Mental Health Services, a service of Harvard University Health Services, plus student panel. CAMHS offers a variety of programs for Harvard students including individual counseling, group sessions including support for students who identify as BGLTQ, workshops including “Managing Emotions” and “Take a Paws” (featuring therapy dogs Cabot and Tulip), and much more. This session will feature four “young, gifted and well” students who will share experiences managing their emotional and social worlds while trying to navigate demands of being college students; they will also highlight resources available and offer practical tips on building on your strengths.

Breakout #2: Decolonizing Mental Health presented by Silvia Dominguez, PhD MSW. Dr. Dominguez is on faculty at Northeastern University and specializes in the welfare of women, children and minority populations in the United States and abroad with emphasis on sexual and gender-based violence, race relations and immigration issues; additional areas of research include social networks, substance abuse, and mental health.

Breakout #3: Resilience through Art: An intimate conversation with Michelle Napoli DAT ATR-BC, REAT, LMHC. Dr. Napoli is an adjunct faculty member at Lesley University where she focuses on arts-based indigenous methodology. She is a Native art therapist, artist, mental health professional who works on the intersection of historical trauma, people of color and resilience. Limit 12 people.

Breakout #4: Asian Women’s Action for Resilience and Empowerment: An intimate conversation with Hyeouk “Chris” Hahm PhD LCSW and doctoral candidate Jenny Hsi. Dr. Hahm is on faculty at Boston University where she serves as Chair of the Social Research Department, and Ms. Hsi is a doctoral student at Harvard Chan School of Public Health where her thesis research examines the cultural and institutional aspects of mental health and identity development among Chinese international students in the United States. AWARE is a group psychotherapy program that focus on culturally salient topics for young Asian American women, such as parenting styles, discrimination, self and body image, relationships, and coping skills.  The program has been piloted in a community-based trial, as well as three universities and colleges in Greater Boston (including Harvard), and is effective at reducing depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic symptoms. Limit 12 people.

Breakout #5: Understanding the Nature of Suicidal Behavior: An intimate conversation with Nock Lab staff including founder and director Matthew Nock PhD. Research at the Nock Lab seeks to understand why people engage in behaviors that are harmful to themselves, how these behaviors develop, how to predict them, and how to prevent their occurrence. Limit 12 people.

2:15pm to 2:30pm
Break / Return to main conference room
2:30pm to 3:00pm
Plenary 3: Reflections: Breakout moderators share out session results
3:00pm to 4:00pm
Plenary 4: Promising Practices: How to Foster Well-Being in Students of Color

Dr. Primm is a nationally-recognized expert in community psychiatry and cultural psychiatry, is the chair/convener of the All Healers Mental Health Alliance, and is former Deputy Medical Director and Division of Diversity and Health Equity Director at the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Pinder-Amaker is the Director of the College Mental Health Program at McLean Hospital and is an assistant professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School.

4:00pm to 4:30pm
Closing remarks

Dr. John S. Wilson, Jr, Senior Advisor and Strategist to Harvard President
Mr. Evan Rose, Steve Fund President and Co-Founder

Evaluation of afternoon session

Get Engaged

Use hashtag #YoungGiftedWell2019 and #SteveFundHarvard to follow the discussion online.

Also Available All-Day


#ConsciousHarvard traveling board sponsored by #consciousharvard project team: an interactive board for public spaces to create action-focused dialogue about diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging at Harvard.

The #consciousharvard project team is composed of staff members from Global Support Services, Common Spaces, the Center for Workplace Development and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and is funded by the President’s Administrative Innovation Fund 2018 (PAIF).

Self-Care Room

Self-Care Room sponsored by Harvard University Health Services: featuring coloring sheets, drop-in meditation, mats and pillows for quiet respite, recommended Mindset apps and podcasts, stress balls, etc.  Facilitated by Harvard’s Center for Wellness, Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response, and University Disability Resources.

Get engaged! Follow the discussion: #YoungGiftedWell2019 and #SteveFundHarvard

Our Mission: Promoting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color