Wanted to share.
Thought maybe some of you may be interested in some of the news listed
below and the upcoming conference at UPenn, if you work with college
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Date: Tue, May 23, 2017 at 1:39 PM
Subject: Executive Director joins Steve Fund; Young, Gifted & @Risk 2017,
Groundbreaking Framework - eNewsletter 5/2017
To: Hue-Sun <ahn@xxxxxxxx>
Executive Director joins Steve Fund; Young, Gifted & @Risk 2017,
Groundbreaking Framework - eNewsletter 5/2017
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May 2017 eNewsletter
Welcome to the May 2017 edition of the Steve Fund Newsletter. Our goal is
to provide brief and regular updates about our activities to support the
mental health and emotional well-being of students of color. We welcome
your input and thoughts. Please feel free to connect with us at our Web site
Thank you so much for your interest, and for your support.
A statement by the Steve Fund regarding the recent hate crime at American
American University recently was the site of a hate crime toward African
American students. Bananas were found hanging by rope in the shape of
nooses in at least three locations on campus. Written on them were the
letters “AKA” which represent Alpha Kappa Alpha, a sorority with
predominantly African American members. The event happened the same day
that the university’s first black female student government president,
Taylor Dumpson, took office. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha.
The Steve Fund strongly condemns all hate crimes. This particular incident
is a strong reminder of the need for colleges and universities to do much
more in support of the mental health and emotional well-being of students
of color. It speaks loudly to the need for universities to be more
pro-active in the strategies and policies they use to contribute to the
success of students of color.
The Steve Fund applauds American University for immediately calling this
crime what it is: a hate crime. This initiated the involvement of the FBI
along with campus police and the DC police much more rapidly. The incident
shows that even a liberal and progressive institution like AU is not safe
from such incidents.
Public Health Leader Dr. Terri Wright takes helm at the Steve Fund
Terri D. Wright, PhD, MPH, an experienced and nationally renowned public
health education and policy expert, has joined the Steve Fund as the
organization’s first Executive Director. Most recently, Dr. Wright served
as the Director of the Center for School, Health & Education and of the
Center for Public Health Policy at the American Public Health Association.
Prior to joining APHA in 2010, Dr. Wright served as a program director for
health policy for the W. K. Kellogg Foundation for 12 years. Dr. Wright
has also served as Maternal and Child Health Director and Bureau Chief for
Child and Family Services at the Michigan Department of Community Health in
*Learn more at stevefund.org/steve-fund-appoints-executive-director/
Conference discusses draft of groundbreaking recommendations framework
110 senior higher education leaders gathered on Monday, February 13, 2017
at Morgan Stanley headquarters in New York City to provide feedback on a
draft version of a groundbreaking recommendations framework intended to
help improve the support for the mental health and emotional well-being of
students of color at America’s colleges and universities. The Steve Fund
and The Jed Foundation have partnered to create the Equal Chance at Mental
Health Framework with expert recommendations for America’s colleges and
universities to better support the mental health and emotional well-being
of students of color. The Equal Chance at Mental Health Framework will be
based on a systematic literature review, on a survey of existing
evidence-based programs, on expert input from mental health and higher
education leaders and on a survey of more than 1,000 students. At the
conference, a panel of four university presidents provided their
perspective and thoughts. The panel was moderated by Dr. Carlota Ocampo,
Provost for Trinity Washington University, and included Dr. John DeGioia,
President of Georgetown University; Dr. Robert L. Caret, Chancellor of the
University System of Maryland; Dr. John Silvanus Wilson Jr., President of
Morehouse College; Dr. Belinda S. Miles, President of Westchester Community
The Steve Fund and the JED Foundation will announce the Equal Chance at
Mental Health Framework later this year.
*To sign up for updates, please visit www.equalchanceatmentalhealth.org
Learn about the our programs and services
The Steve Fund provides programs and services to support students of color
in colleges / higher ed institutions and pipeline nonprofits as they deal
with micro aggressions, imposter syndrome, feelings of isolation, perceived
discrimination and other issues related to their mental health and
emotional well-being. The Steve Fund has hosted workshops for self-care,
LGBTQ students, dealing with stereotypes, transition from high school to
college, transition from college to careers, parents, faculty staff and
administrators, at higher ed institutions including Harvard University,
Stanford University, and Yale University and at nonprofits such as Sponsors
for Educational Opportunity, Management Leadership for Tomorrow, the NAACP
and the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
If you are interested in the Steve Fund's program and services, please send
an email to services@xxxxxxxxxxxxx.
Just a reminder...
Do you know a young person of who is feeling down, stressed or
overwhelmed? Let her or him know to text STEVE to 741741 and a live,
trained Crisis Counselor will receive the text and respond to quickly to
provide support. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help with moving from
a hot moment to a cool moment.
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Save the date: University of Pennsylvania to host Steve Fund's annual
conference on November 14, 2017
Hundreds of mental health experts, college administrators and researchers
will gather at the University of Pennsylvania on November 14 to discuss the
specific mental health needs of students of color, at the Steve Fund's
fourth annual “Young, Gifted and @ Risk” conference. Presenters and
panelists will discuss research in affective science and social psychology,
issues such as “multicultural mental health literacy,” and the needs of
students from diverse backgrounds to thrive in college environments. Past
YGAR conferences took place at the University of Washington in St. Louis,
at Stanford University, and at Brown University.
Meet our latest Stephen S. Rose Legacy Scholar
The Steve Fund is proud to announce the most recent winner of a Stephen C.
Rose Legacy Scholarship: The winner of the 2017 Active Minds Stephen C.
Rose Scholarship is Khushbu Patel, a second year Master’s student at the
University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. A native of
Philadelphia suburbs, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology
at Drexel University, while working in the Nezu Lab. She served as a
Research Assistant on various projects, and as interim Project Manager for
one year in a pilot RCT exploring the efficacy of Problem-Solving Therapy
in hypertensive patients. Since then, she has worked as a Clinical Research
Assistant with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Violence
Prevention Initiative. In this role, she supported facilitation of an
aggression-reduction program based in West and Southwest Philadelphia
Public Schools. In her social work program, she is exploring many interests
including U.S. urban public school systems, juvenile justice systems, and
mental health research focusing on Asian American ethnic groups.
The goal of The Stephen C. Rose Legacy Scholarships is to promote the
emotional well-being and mental health of youth in ethnically diverse
communities. By supporting competitive scholarships for research on the
mental health challenges facing college students of color, the Fund is
supporting the growth of a generation of scholars with knowledge and
capacity to address the mental health needs of our target population.
*About the Steve Fund*
The Steve Fund is the nation’s only non-profit organization focused on
promoting the mental health and emotional well-being of college and
university students of color. It works with colleges and universities,
students, non-profits, researchers, practitioners, and with groups serving
diverse populations. It aims to stimulate dialogue and to promote effective
programs and strategies that build understanding and assistance regarding
the mental health and emotional well-being of the nation’s students of
color as they enter, matriculate in, and transition from higher education.
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