This webinar, a collaboration with the American Council on Education, explored the links between mental health, a sense of belonging, and student success at community colleges.
The promotion of mental well-being has been extensively explored as a tool to improve retention within the four-year college environment, but more examination is needed for community colleges. Taking into account the context of history and the systemic societal failures that have contributed to poor mental health for this unique student population, panelists set priorities for a renewed focus on well-being and reviewed gaps in knowledge. The panel will also discuss the role of policymakers and practitioners in creating a culture of positive mental health and belonging. The conversation, moderated by Pam Eddinger, president of Bunker Hill Community College, included three other community college presidents from around the country: Daisy Cocco De Filippis, President of CUNY Hostos Community College, Kathryn E. Jeffery, Ph.D., Chancellor and Superintendent of Santa Monica College, and Russell Lowery-Hart, President of Amarillo College. A recording of the webinar can be found on the ACE Engage platform, here.