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    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Welcoming and inclusive campus environments are critical to all student’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.  A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programming will also help improve access to higher education for students from historically marginalized groups. When colleges and universities prioritize access and representation across race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, sexuality, religion, disability, and age, it is a step forward in achieving social justice and creating inclusive environments.

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    Many higher education institutions are dedicating more time and resources to promote diversity and inclusion efforts, provide education on the historical context and intersectional experiences of different identities, and advocate for actionable ways to improve diverse student experiences.

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    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
    07/14/2021
    Mental and Behavioral Health, College Affordability, 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
    07/07/2021
    Mental and Behavioral Health

    Q&A: UMass Amherst’s First Trans Mental Health Clinicians Discuss Supporting Trans Students

    Data show that trans students in college and university report higher rates of anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation than their cisgender peers.  And while the pandemic pushed distress numbers higher for all students, trans students’ mental health appeared to be particularly impacted.  As UMass Amherst’s first hired trans mental health…

    MCQ. Issue 22
    06/30/2021
    Opinion | Mental and Behavioral Health

    It’s on Us: Improving Student Behavioral Health After the Year that Changed Everything

    If ever there was a naturalistic study of the influence of prolonged social isolation, secondary trauma, and learned helplessness on human beings, it was COVID-19.  Similarly, if one wanted to create a therapeutic environment to address these issues, a social-emotional resourced college campus would provide the ideal setting.  As students…

    MCQ. Issue 22
    07/14/2021
    Mental and Behavioral Health, 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…

    MCQ.
    09/08/2021
    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…

    MCQ.
    08/11/2021
    Mental and Behavioral Health

    Global Connections

    Asian international students are questioning their choice to study in the U.S.  What can colleges do differently? In March 2020, thousands of international students scrambled to make a plan that would affect the next year of their lives, if not their foreseeable futures. The majority of them were from Asian…

    MCQ. Issue 22
    07/14/2021
    Mary Christie Quarterly provides news, information and commentary on the policy issues that impact the health and wellness of young adults.

    The McFeed is a weekly roundup of news and research on the health and wellness of college students.