ygar-squareIn partnership with Washington University’s Brown School, the Steve Fund convened its third annual “Young, Gifted & @Risk” symposium in 2016. The conference brought together university scholars, administrators, practitioners, students and community members to build knowledge, promote dialogue, and advance practice in addressing the mental and emotional health needs of young people of color.

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November 11, 2016
The Brown School
Washington University in St. Louis

The 2016 Midwest “Young, Gifted & @Risk” symposium provided an important platform for presenters, panelists, and participants to discuss the latest research and national trends, highlight best practices, and identify next steps for improving the mental health and well-being of young people of color.

The George Warren Brown School of Social Work  partnered with the Steve Fund to bring the conference to the Midwest region. The Steve Fund is the nation’s only non-profit organization on focused on promoting the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color. The Brown School creates positive social change through its path-breaking research and educational excellence.


CONFERENCE AGENDA7:30 – 8:00 amRegistration & Continental Breakfast 8:00 – 9:00 amWelcome and Symposium Overview9:00 – 10:30 amPanel 1: Marginality and Success: The University Experience and the Mental Health of Students and Emerging Adults of Color10:30 – 10:45 amBreak10:45 – 12:15 pmPanel 2:  How Culture, Mindset, and Identity Shape and Affect Mental Health among Young Adults12:15 – 2:15 pmLunch and Concurrent Sessions

Session A: Students/Lived Experience

Session B: Family

Session C: Graduate Students/Teaching Assistants/ Faculty

Session D: Veterans

Session E: Administration/Counseling Staff2:15 – 2:30 pmBreak2:30 – 3:30 pmLunch breakout groups report out3:30 – 4:30 pmPanel 3: Promising Strategies for Mental Health on Campus and Beyond for Young People of Color4:30 – 5:00 pmNext Steps and Closing Remarks