New Workshop Series to Focus on Equity in Student Mental Health
April 12, 2021

​Support for the mental health of students with marginalized identities is essential to ensuring equity and student success and will be the focus of a new series of workshops. Attendees will gain strategies, frameworks, and tools to support the mental health and emotional well-being of marginalized students now and into the future.

While many students have felt the effects of the pandemic, research shows that students of color have been disproportionately impacted. Concurrently, events of 2020 fueled our nation’s reckoning with systemic racism. Student mental health has remained a top concern among college and university presidents during the pandemic, according to ongoing ACE Pulse Point surveys, conducted throughout the pandemic.

Now is the time for higher education leaders to look ahead and consider how they can center equity and foster mental health for their students’ success.

ACE workshops are digital active-learning experiences led by top experts, through which higher education leaders will hone new skills, connect with peers, and plan how to put knowledge into action.

Lessons from Community Colleges on Improving Student Mental Health

May 4 and May 18
12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. ET

Facilitated by Brian Mitra, dean of student affairs at Kingsborough Community College and subject matter expert for The JED Foundation, this workshop is intended for all college and university leaders. It will draw on best practices of community colleges that attendees can implement on their own campuses. Workshop leaders will ground this session in their work of creating supportive campus cultures and pay particular attention to centering equity. Participants will walk away with insights into the programs, policies, and practices that are most efficacious and feasible in the community college environment. This workshop is sponsored by The Mary Christie Foundation and The Jed Foundation.

Supporting the Mental Health of Students of Color Throughout Life Transitions

May 27 and June 10
12 p.m.-2:00 p.m. ET

This workshop, facilitated by David Rivera, associate professor at Queens College-CUNY and national advisor to The Steve Fund, will equip college and university leaders with the knowledge and tools to make decisions and investments that support the mental health and success of students of color.  Highlighting the concerns of students of color as they transition into higher education, navigate and persist throughout college, and enter into the workforce, their mental health is a shared responsibility throughout the campus. Through a racial trauma-informed leadership lens, participants will explore strategies and frameworks to guide effective and innovative equitable mental health efforts on campus. This workshop is sponsored by The Steve Fund.

Each workshop includes two two-hour sessions, priced individually at $149 for ACE members and $199 for nonmembers. The price of both workshops, purchased together as a bundle, is $239 for ACE members, and $319 for nonmembers.

Click here to learn more about the workshop series and to register.