The Steve Fund is pleased to announce a three-installment webinar series addressing the mental health of college students of color.

The Steve Fund aims to support the mental and emotional well-being of college students of color. It works with colleges and universities, non-profits, researchers, practitioners, and with groups serving diverse populations.  

This webinar series grows out of  the “Young, Gifted, & @Risk” Conference held by the Steve Fund at Stanford University in November 2015, co-sponsored by Stanford Medical School, Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, and the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. As we focus on aspects of mental health and well-being, each speaker will discuss topics ranging from the unique pressures and challenges faced by students of color, to some potential strategies for positive change. The presenters will also discuss challenges faced by college students of color during college and emerging adulthood. We hope this conversation will prompt more dialogue around this issue and promote innovative solutions for this population.

These webinars will be of interest to college and university leaders, faculty, researchers, student services staff, college counseling professionals, and students. They are ideal for campus professionals who seek to support the success and emotional well-being of students of color, but would be valuable to anyone who is interested in learning more on the subject from thought leaders in mental health. Please join us as we discuss challenges faced by this group of students, as well as strategies for supporting student and program improvement.

Following the live webinars, access to view the recorded content will be available at the Steve Fund’s Knowledge Center


  1. April 6, 12-1:30 p.m. ESTRSVP HERE

Marginality, Belonging, and Success: The University Experience and the Mental Health of Students and Emerging Adults of Color


Daphne Watkins, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Social Work and School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry presents, “Is Making it to College Enough? Masculinities, Stress, and Success among Black College Men”

Dr. Teresa LaFromboise, Ph.D., Professor of Education, Stanford University, Culturally Responsive University Initiatives with American Indian/Alaska Native Students”

  1. April 12th, 12-1:30 p.m. EST RSVP HERE

Promising Strategies for Mental Health on Campus and Beyond for Young People of Color


Jan Collins-Eaglin, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Students for Personal Success and Wellness (Pomona College), “Mental Health for Minority Millenials”

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Ph.D., Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor, Department of Psychology (University of California-Berkeley), “Relational processes in Shaping Underrepresented Students’ Academic and Health Outcomes”

  1. April 13th, 3-4:00 p.m. EST RSVP HERE

How Culture, Mindset, and Identity Shape and Affect Mental Health Among Young Adults; Thriving in A Multicultural World


Jeanne Tsai, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology (Stanford University), “The Cultural Shaping of Mental Health: The Role of Ideal Affect”

Vanessa Volpe, doctoral candidate in Psychology (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Stephen C. Rose Foundation Scholar), “What We Know About the Mental Health of Students of Color during College”