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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

    Questions and Answers with Dr. Joanne Vogel, VP of Student Services at Arizona State University

    As head of student services at ASU, Joanne Vogel has a big job at a large school with a major mission. Her multi-faceted purview within the Educational Outreach and Student Services department runs from mental health services and the Dean of Students Office to student organizations and student conduct. Despite…

    MCQ. Issue 20
    01/12/2021
    Mental and Behavioral Health

    Highlights from the Quadcast, Lee Pelton, President of Emerson College

    In late December, we spoke with Lee Pelton, President of Emerson College and President-elect of the Boston Foundation, about supporting student wellbeing through one of the most turbulent years in history; confronting racism; and looking ahead to positive change in 2021. Here is the transcript of our conversation. Marjorie Malpiede:…

    MCQ. Issue 20
    01/12/2021
    Mental and Behavioral Health

    Camp Harbor View’s Wide Lens

    During the summer of 2020, there was much speculation about whether or not camps could operate during COVID-19. What would be the point of a place-based recreational experience if there could be no place and no recreation? At Camp Harbor View, the decision was a lot more complicated. Its summer…

    MCQ. Issue 20
    01/12/2021
    Mental and Behavioral Health

    Interesting People Doing Important Work, Nicole Brocato, Ph.D.

    Dr. Nicole Brocato is helping schools improve the wellbeing of their students. Brocato is the Director of Wake Forest University’s Wellbeing Collaborative, a multidisciplinary, multi-institution effort that promotes college student wellbeing. The Collaborative is at its core a research group, but that’s just the start. They also help translate their…

    MCQ. Issue 19
    10/19/2020
    Mental and Behavioral Health

    The Steve Fund Crisis Response Task Force Report, Fall 2020

    In September, the Steve Fund’s Crisis Response Task Force released its report titled “Adapting and Innovating to Promote Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being of Young People of Color: COVID-19 and Beyond.” In response to the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on communities of color and the racial unrest following the…

    MCQ. Issue 19
    10/19/2020
    Mental and Behavioral Health, College Affordability

    Science Summary Fall 2020

    Mental Health Severely Impacted by COVID-19 Pandemic Several studies have observed mental health impacts of the pandemic among young people and college students. A survey released in July by the Healthy Minds Network and the American College Health Association described worsening depression and financial stress among college students since the…

    MCQ. Issue 19
    10/19/2020
    Mental and Behavioral Health

    Another Added Layer: The Mental Health of Black Student Athletes in 2020

    For student athletes, whose daily lives are dominated by their sport, the disruption caused by COVID-19 has been particularly disorienting. For Black student athletes, the stress of campus closures and “on again-off again” seasons is compounded by traumatic reminders of persistent racism, which can make 2020 feel like the most…

    MCQ. Issue 19
    10/19/2020
    Mental and Behavioral Health

    Q &A: Annelle Primm, MD, MPH, Senior Medical Director, The Steve Fund

    Dr. Primm is the Senior Medical Director of the Steve Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the mental and emotional well-being of students of color. With the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on Black and Brown communities and the country in a reckoning over racial injustice, Dr. Primm and the Steve…

    MCQ. Issue 19
    10/19/2020
    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.