Schedule at a Glance
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | 6:00 - 8:00pm
UM Student Pre-Conference: Wellness in Color
Thursday, October 24, 2019 | 8:00-5:00pm
Registration and Check-in
Welcome and Framing Remarks
Morning Breakout Sessions
Afternoon Breakout Sessions
Plenary Session & Closing Remarks
Wellness in Color
University of Michigan Student Pre-Conference
As students of color at the University of Michigan, some experiences can cause or worsen stress, anxiety, and isolation. Everyday experiences of racism, discrimination, or just subtly being made to feel “different” can cause our academics and social lives to suffer. This in turn negatively impacts our mental wellbeing. Many of us face the challenge of finding supportive and trusting resources that relate to our mental health experiences. Finding the solution to this lack of support has been a conversation that's been halted on campus for too long. In Wellness in Color, we aim to tackle this challenge by facilitating dialogues to initiate the mental health conversation in our community.
Student of Color Activism: Healing, Resistance, and Resilience
Torie Weiston-Serdan is the founder of the Youth Mentoring Action Network— a non-profit organization that focuses on youth mentoring. Moreover, Torie Weiston-Serdan is the author of “Critical mentoring: A practical guide”. She examines how marginalized and minority youth are served by mentoring and mentoring organizations. Critical mentoring, central to Weiston-Serdan’s work, is also about youth centrism; making sure that young people have voice, power, and choice.
Moderated Discussion by Roger Fisher, Associate Director at The Program on Intergroup Relations, University of Michigan
Laura Bohórquez Undocumented Immigrant Educator, Consultant and Community Advocate
Helen Neville Professor of Educational Psychology and African American Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Mike Spencer Presidential Term Professor in Social Work; Director, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander & Oceanic Affairs at the University of Washington
Creating Equity in Mental Health
Resources by The Steve Fund
The Steve Fund Programs & Services The Steve Fund offers an array of programs and services based on the framework and designed to assist colleges and universities and nonprofits in improving their mental health and emotional well-being support for students of color
Youth Advisory Board Youth Advisory Board members promote the importance of education about mental health and emotional well-being and help young people of color access resources on college and university campuses and within their respective communities.
7Cups (Young People of Color Support Guide) This guide developed in partnership with 7Cups is intended to provide young people of diverse racial backgrounds help in addressing the kinds of emotional and behavioral concerns that they may face during their significant transitions from home to college and from college to early adulthood afterward.
Crisis Text Line The Steve Fund has created a special keyword, STEVE, that young people of color can text to 741741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor 24/7. Through its partnership with the Crisis Text Line, the Fund promotes text messaging as a means to improve the critically needed access for young people of color to crisis counseling
Equity in Mental Health Framework & Toolkit The EMH Framework provides academic institutions with a set of ten actionable recommendations and key implementation strategies to help strengthen their activities and programs to address the mental health disparities facing students of color such as mentioned above.
The Steve Fund Knowledge Center The Steve Fund Knowledge Center is a resource for expert information about the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color. It contains videos of presentations, panels and interviews with experts, white papers, webinars and more.