Equity Symposium

College Mental Health & Well-being: Supporting Equity through Innovation, Responsiveness, & Action

Friday, April 30, 2021 

9:00am - 1:30pm

Please join us for a free, virtual symposium on promoting the health and well-being of diverse student populations on college campuses. Faculty and staff working with students, as well as students themselves, are encouraged to participate as we highlight innovative strategies and tools you can use immediately on your campus and in your classroom.

This symposium is part of our Seed funded initiative, Equity in College Health and Well-being: Jumpstarting CWRU’s Work with the Equity in Mental Health Framework. In collaboration with The Jed Foundation, we are working to promote the health and well-being of students of color with intentional, evidence-based programming and services delivered through a campus-wide system of support.

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Conference Schedule

9:00 am Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Keynote Sofia B. Pertuz, PhD, Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer, The Jed Foundation
10:00 am Assessing and Responding to Student Mental Health Needs

Innovative Approaches to Needs Assessment

This session will provide an overview of a unique approach to assessing the mental health needs of students of color and will describe how the data was incorporated into interventions and action steps.

Naomi Drakeford, PhD, Multicultural Specialist, University Health & Counseling Services, CWRU

Supporting International Students in the Current Climate

The pandemic has created unique challenges for international students and affected their lives in innumerable ways. From shifting immigration policies to managing time zones, hear from staff in the Office of International Student Services about on-going efforts to support students across the globe during an unprecedented year. 

Marielena Maggio, MA, Director, International Student Services, CWRU

Listening to Graduate Student Experiences of Mental Health and Well-being on Campus

This workshop will discuss how to design and implement listening sessions to get actionable information from graduate students about their mental health and well-being. An overview of data describing graduate student mental health and well-being will be presented. 

Jenn Brown, Director, Office of Graduate Student Life, CWRU

Nance Roy, EdD, Chief Clinical Officer, The Jed Foundation

11:00 am Navigating Unique Challenges

How We Thrived: LGBTQ Folx and the Pandemic

This session will include an interactive conversation on the effects of the pandemic on the LGBTQ community. It will also discuss Dr. Moore's recent research on the topic of the disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on LGBTQ folx. 

Harry Hawkins, Assistant Director LGBT Center, CWRU

Scott Moore, PhD, Assistant Professor, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, CWRU

Student Activism in Response to Injustice

Participants will learn about the continual rise in student activism across various social justice issues and explore strategies to support student activists using a holistic approach. 

Naomi Sigg, Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs, CWRU
12:00 pm Promoting a Culture of Mental Health 

T.H.I.N.K (Talk, Help, Identify Signs, Navigate Resources, Kindly Refer): Gatekeeper Training

Students are invited to learn skills to effectively support peers in distress (Talk, Help, Identify Signs, Navigate resources, and Kindly refer). 

Clara Rivera, MPH, Public Health Manager, University Health & Counseling Services, CWRU

Hannah Middleton, M.ED, Clinical Counselor, University Health & Counseling Services, CWRU

Supporting Student Mental Health Inside and Outside the Classroom

Learn strategies for providing holistic support and resources to help students overcome challenges in their academic journey. The development and implementation of resource guides will be discussed. 

Shirley Mosley, MSW, MA, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, CWRU

Greg Harris, Senior Associate Dean of Students, Student Affairs, CWRU

1:00 pm Wrap-up

Closing Comments

Stephanie Wood, CWRU Student

Razaq Durodoye, CWRU Student

Adiah Bailey, CWRU Student

Wayne Hou, CWRU Student

Ambar Solis-Fuentes, CWRU Student


Additional Information

UH&CS is proud to support CASA (Case Association of Student Athletes) and the Department of Athletics as a co-sponsor of the Spartans Stronger Together Virtual 5k. 

The Spartans Stronger Together 5k acts to acknowledge the injustices of racism and denounce instances of police brutality and hate crimes against people of color.

Participants are encouraged to run or walk their 5k virtually between April 26th and May 2. They can choose their own route on campus and/or in the community or relay with friends or colleagues around the Sudeck Track at DiSanto Field during a day and time frame that week that works into their schedule.

All individuals who register for the Symposium by April 28 will be automatically registered as participants in the Spartans Stronger Together 5K and will receive a T-shirt sometime after April 30. We encourage Symposium attendees to consider walking or running some or all of the 5K after the Symposium, to give you time to process the events of the day and plan for next steps.

Watch the video

Spartan Strong 5k Flyer