With over 20 million students enrolled in American colleges and universities, 42% of whom self-identify as students of color, academic institutions face unique challenges in working to serve a variety of student needs. College students on today’s campuses face a number of concerns in the social, emotional, financial, and academic spheres. For students of color, their needs are often more acute given that they are more likely to feel isolated and overwhelmed, and less likely to seek care. The Steve Fund and JED Foundation teamed up to build the Equity in Mental Health Framework with input from mental health experts higher education leaders. This framework helps to support the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color on campus.
Building knowledge and capacity among organizations serving young people of color is a critical element of the Steve Fund’s mission. Therefore, we offer an array of programs and services based on the framework and designed to assist colleges and universities and nonprofits in improving their mental health and emotional well-being support for students of color. Programs and services include workshops, webinars, expert speakers, training and technical assistance led by multicultural mental health research and practice experts (i.e. psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers).
Listed below are our current programs and services: