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The mental health and emotional well-being of students of color was the focus of a “lunch & learn” conversation with two national experts on this subject, Dr. Annelle Primm and Dr. Kevin Cokley, on November 14at the Harvard Graduate School of Education on November 14. The event is hosted by the Harvard Black Alumni Society and the Steve Fund. More than 60 attendees engaged in a lively discussion with the experts. Watch the videos below to learn more.

The presenters

Dr. Annelle Primm Dr. Annelle Primm

Annelle B. Primm, M. D., MPH, is a community psychiatrist currently serving as a Senior Psychiatrist Advisor for Urban Behavioral Associates and several other organizations in the Baltimore-Washington area.  During her career, Dr. Primm has been a physician executive at the American Psychiatric Association; a medical educator, administrator and clinician at Johns Hopkins Hospital Community Psychiatry Program; an editor of the books, Disparities in Psychiatric Care and Women in Psychiatry:  Personal Perspectives; and a lecturer and video producer on the mental health of diverse and underserved populations. Well known for her leadership of community collaborations, Dr. Primm is the Convener and Chair of the All Healers Mental Health Alliance, a national network of mental health professionals, health advocates and faith community leaders that facilitates culturally tailored responses to the mental health needs of people affected by disasters.

Dr. Kevin Cokley Dr. Kevin Cokley

Dr. Kevin Cokley is a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology as well as the Department of African and African American Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. The research of Dr. Kevin Cokley encompasses numerous facets of African American psychology. Specifically, Dr. Cokley researches racial and ethnic identity development and correlates of academic achievement such as academic self-concept. A consistent theme in Dr. Cokley’s research is the examination of the psychological and environmental factors that impact African American student achievement. His research and scholarship have led him to challenge the notion that African American students are anti-intellectual. Dr. Cokley directs his research to critically re-examine the impact of racial and ethnic identity and gender on academic achievement.Watch Dr. Primm’s presentation:

Watch Dr. Cokley’s presentation:

Also from the event

Hayling Price, a student at the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School, was one of more than 60 attendees of the Lunch and Learn at Harvard University on November 14, 2015. In this short video he shared his thoughts on the issue of mental health of students of color.

Attendees at the Nov 14 event at Harvard. More than 60 people came to the event to participate in a lively discussion. Attendees at the Nov 14 event at Harvard. More than 60 people came to the event to participate in a lively discussion.

Hear these audio accounts recorded with audience members at the event:


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