Many community college students juggle competing work and family demands, and as many as half experience mental health conditions. At the same time, community colleges often have fewer resources than four-year institutions to support student wellbeing. According to the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice’s #Real College 2021: Basic Needs Insecurity During the Ongoing Pandemic report, growing numbers of students are living without adequate food or stable housing. Rates of anxiety, depression, and suicidality – particularly amongst BIPOC students – are also increasing. The Steve Fund’s Adapting and Innovating to Promote Mental Health and Emotional Well-being of Young People of Color: COVID-19 and Beyond report documents these and other challenges facing BIPOC students this year, including enormous stress related to COVID, racism, and social unrest.
As we move into the summer months and anticipate returning to in-person learning for most students in September, supporting BIPOC community college students is more critical than ever before. Please join us on May 6 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am EDT for Supporting BIPOC Community College Students through Summer & Beyond.
Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice will share findings and recommendations from their #Real College 2021: Basic Needs Insecurity During the Ongoing Pandemic report, and participants will connect with one another for facilitated discussions.
By taking part in this event, participants will:
- Explore strategies for supporting BIPOC community college students in meeting their survival needs and accessing mental health care and support;
- Identify shared challenges and priorities for supporting students;
- Establish or deepen connections with others in similar roles; and
- Help the New England MHTTC develop training and technical assistance activities that will address priority needs.