The Supreme Court’s ruling on affirmative action is expected to impact how campuses engage around issues of diversity and inclusion. As the leading national organization focused on the mental health of college students of color, the Steve Fund is committed to helping campuses prepare for this ruling’s implications for mental health, emotional wellbeing, and student belonging. This multi-part series is open to higher education professionals, especially deans, vice presidents, faculty, and counselors seeking to learn more about these issues and build effective approaches to addressing them.

This session will provide an overview of possible risk factors related to student, faculty, and staff mental health and emotional wellbeing during a time of change and uncertainty, explore what is known about implications for performance and success, and lay out mental health protective factors that can mitigate those risks. Based on the expertise of the Steve Fund’s mental health team and their experiences working with campuses across the country, this session will provide a high-level framework for considering practices, programs, resources, and mindsets that can promote mental health and emotional wellbeing as campuses begin the new school year. The risks and this framework will be explored in detail in subsequent sessions of the series.