ACE South Winter Summit
2/7/2019 12:00 AM
2/8/2019 11:55 PM
Format: Face-to-Face
Program Type: Summit

Summits are one- to two-day virtual, in-person, or hybrid events centered on a particular theme. They provide insights, practical advice, and collaborative solutions from national and regional experts, leaders, and practitioners. Summit themes address issues and challenges that are broad in scope, require campus-wide approaches, and involve an array of stakeholders.


Eleven percent of college students seriously thought about attempting suicide in the past year. Of this percentage, one in 20 made a plan to carry it out.

Three out of 10 college students have struggled with depression in the last two weeks.

One in 4 students have expressed issues with anxiety.

These sobering statistics remind us that today’s college students struggle with a variety of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, and thoughts of suicide. Institutional leaders must be prepared to address mental health issues within the campus context and to create a supportive learning environment for students. Accordingly, ACE is convening a regional community to proactively address the challenge of student mental health and how it impacts individual institutions. Learn from experienced thought leaders, share best practices with your colleagues, and experiment with new ideas to plan effective future responses.

Over this day-and–a-half summit in New Orleans, institutional leaders will:

  • Examine the issues and current trends related to college student mental health;

  • Explore inter- and intra-institutional partnerships to foster mental health on campus;

  • Consider promising practices (and common missteps) for creating a campus environment that promotes mental health and well-being for all students; and,

  • Discuss how different types of institutions can best engage key constituent groups (e.g., faculty, staff, students, community members, etc.) in both addressing mental health challenges and supporting stakeholders working with affected individuals. 

Register to gain knowledge and insights to effectively address student mental health and well-being, a critical topic for higher education administrators. 

Key Dates for Payments, Cancellations, and Accommodations

January 25, 2019

Hotel Reservation Deadline (see Location tab for more details) No guarantee on group rates for reservations made after this date.

January 30, 2019

Cancellation requests submitted to by 5:00 p.m. EST will receive a 50% refund

After January 30, 2019

Cancellation requests submitted to are not eligible for a refund


Full payment must be received prior to attending program to confirm participation. ACE accepts the following payment options:

Credit Card -American Express, Visa, Discover, or MasterCard accepted. Participants can pay during registration or by calling 202-939-9376 to have payment processed by phone. Or, visit to pay invoice online. 

Check - Make payable to American Council on Education. Mail both check and registration receipt to:

American Council on Education
c/o ACE Leadership
P.O. Box 418762
Boston, MA 02241-8762 

Note: Purchase orders are not accepted as payment. To request an invoice, email both purchase order and registration receipt to


Media Coverage

This event is not open to the media. Reporters interested in more information should contact ACE Public Affairs at 202-939-9365.


Speakers will include representatives from the JED Foundation, Active Minds, Healthy Minds, NASPA, and a host of leaders from regional campuses sharing their expertise on Tackling the Mental Health Crisis on American Campuses.

Thursday, February 7, 2019 

5:00 - 5:15 p.m.


5:15 - 6:00 p.m.

Who's Coming to College

5:15 -5:30 p.m.

Presidential Perspective: Why This Matters

5:30 - 5:45 p.m.

National Trends Talk

5:45 - 6:00 p.m.

Campus-Specific Trends

6:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Interactive table talks with guided questions

6:30 - 7:00 p.m.


7:00 - 8:30 p.m.


Friday, February 8, 2019 

7:30 - 8:00 a.m.


8:00 - 8:20 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

8:20 - 9:05 a.m.

Boots on the Ground Panel

9:05 - 9:15 a.m.


9:15 - 10:15 a.m.

Case Study Discussion Part 1

10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Cool Head, Warm Heart: Critical Factors in Student Mental Health

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Case Study Discussion Part 2

12:15 - 1:15 p.m.


1:15 - 2:00 p.m.

Best Practices in Proactive Interventions and Responses to Mental Health Issues

2:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Fishbowl: Questions for the Experts

2:45 - 3:00 p.m.


3:00 - 3:50 p.m.

Next Steps: An Action Plan for Leaders

3:50 - 4:00 p.m.

Wrap-Up and Closing Comments


Register for the ACE South Winter Summit: Tackling the Mental Health Crisis on American Campuses prior to reserving accommodations. Participants are responsible for their hotel and travel expenses.

Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel-New Orleans French Quarter
739 Canal at Bourbon Street New Orleans, LA
TEL: 504-962-0500  |  FAX: 504-962-0503  

Hotel Booking Information (PDF)  | 1 MB  document     

Includes discounted hotel reservation link and a
dditional logistic details.

​Registration Closed