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Mental and Behavioral Health, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Student Success

Questions and Answers with Dr. Jeffrey Jensen Arnett

When Jeffrey Jensen Arnett applied the term “emerging adults” to the young people he was studying in the 1990s, he didn’t just change terminology, he challenged society’s perception of an entire generation and what was expected of it. The term, connoting transition, was made famous by Arnett’s 2000 article in…

Basic Needs

Judi Alperin King: The Head of the Wily Network on Basic Needs and Belonging for Students on Their Own

When she turns her camera on, Judi Alperin King, Ph.D., appears on Zoom, revealing a bare backdrop behind her, and the muffled but familiar noise of construction rumbling in the background. She quickly notes that the Wily Network, a safety net organization that supports college students’ basic needs, is expanding…

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Q&A: Dr. Stephanie Pinder-Amaker and Dr. Lauren Wadsworth, authors of “Did That Just Happen?”

“Did That Just Happen?” provides an in-depth guide on how organizations can not only create but also sustain diverse and inclusive environments. Authors Dr. Stephanie Pinder-Amaker and Dr. Lauren Wadsworth, two clinical psychologists with marginalized identities themselves (Black and Queer), use real-life examples to show the negative impact marginalization can have on organizations…

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Mental and Behavioral Health

The Mental Health of Asian International Students Should Be a Priority for US Colleges

There are currently over a million international undergraduate and graduate students attending higher education institutions in the United States, making up 5.5% of all enrollments.  This highly sought-after group of students has brought scholarship diversity, global perspective, and steady tuition to American higher education. But as these numbers start to…

MCQ. Issue 22
Substance Use, Physical Health

Innovations in Behavioral Health Care

Maximizing the Effectiveness of Virtual Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA The negative consequences associated with high-risk drinking, including academic impairment, social harms, injury, and death (White & Hingson, 2013) are perennial concerns. Nearly one-third…

MCQ. Issue 22
Mental and Behavioral Health, College Affordability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Student Success

Questions and Answers with Nicholas Zeppos, Chancellor Emeritus, Vanderbilt University

Well before the media coined it “the college mental health crisis,” Nicholas Zeppos made student mental health one of his key priorities at Vanderbilt.  By the time he retired as Chancellor in 2019, Zeppos had incorporated this into every facet of university life, having come to believe that the emotional…

MCQ. Issue 22
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