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Opinion | Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Mental and Behavioral Health

Activism and Self-Reflection: One Student’s Journey

It was August 2020, and we were five months into quarantine, which meant five months away from campus, and five months of the absent hustle of student organizing. Like many others, quarantine had brought me two main things: stillness and time to reflect. During the months prior, I had many…

MCQ. Issue 23
10/20/2021
Opinion | Student Success, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Commuter Students Need to Feel Part of the Campus Community – Now More than Ever

For many universities this fall, students will be stepping onto campus for the first time after a lengthy quarantine for in-person instruction. Among them are student commuters. While most students may relish the opportunity to live on campus and socialize with peers, others choose to commute from home for financial…

MCQ. Issue 23
10/20/2021
Opinion | Student Success, Mental and Behavioral Health

The Time We Wish We Had

I went to a birthday party this August, a few weeks before school started again in-person for the first time since March, 2020. A rising senior, I realized that, with the exception of a few close friends, I probably wouldn’t know most of the people at the party, or at…

MCQ. Issue 23
09/22/2021
Opinion | Mental and Behavioral Health, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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
Opinion | Mental and Behavioral Health

Faculty are on the frontlines of a worsening student mental health crisis

In “Faculty’s Response to Student Mental Health,” the Boston University School of Public Health, the Healthy Minds Network, and the Mary Christie Foundation found that nearly 80% of higher education faculty report having dealt with student mental health issues over the past 12 months and nearly 90% believe student mental…

MCQ. Issue 21
04/14/2021
Opinion | Sexual Assault and Title IX

The Importance of Cultural Competency within Survivor Outreach and Advocacy Resources

The #MeToo movement has had a significant impact on college sexual misconduct reports, both old and new.  Michigan State University reported more than 3x the number of complaints in 2018 that were more than two decades old. Others such as Rutgers University loosened restrictions on investigation time limits on incidents…

MCQ. Issue 21
04/14/2021
Opinion | Mental and Behavioral Health

A Path Towards Identifying Suicide Risk Factors in College Students

College students are experiencing anxiety rates at an all-time high, with contributing factors that are beginning to be understood. The isolation and loneliness of the pandemic are only compounding the risk for students experiencing mental health challenges. Given all of this, it may not come as a surprise that suicide…

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

Mental Health Should be at the Forefront of Crisis Interventions on Campus

The growing national mental health epidemic among college students has been well-documented over the past decade, and, in response, many universities have significantly expanded their support and infrastructure to respond to students in distress, including increased staffing at mental health clinics, the creation of campus-wide committees on student crisis intervention,…

MCQ. Issue 20
01/12/2021
Opinion

Students with Chronic Illness Need Special Consideration in Re-opening Strategies

Much of the conversation around reopening colleges in the fall has focused on mitigating the risk of outbreaks and creating policies to keep the campus community safe as a whole. While these conversations are necessary and constructive, it is critical that colleges and universities put a particular focus on students…

MCQ. Issue 18
07/14/2020
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