CU Denver partners with Steve Fund to provide mental health support for BIPOC students

As Colorado’s most diverse research university with students of color representing 43% of the student body, CU Denver understands the importance of providing support tailored to individuals’ experiences and needs. To help in this area, CU Denver is thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Steve Fund, a national organization comprised of colleges and universities, researchers, mental health experts, and others, focused on supporting the emotional well-being of young people. of color.

The Steve Fund’s efforts are determined and designed to address the significant mental health inequities and disparities faced by students of color across the country. In its analysis of current research, the organization found that:

  • Black students are much more likely than their white peers to say they tend to keep their feelings about the challenges of college to themselves.
  • Students of color are significantly less likely than white students to rate their campus climate as “excellent” or “good.”
  • Students of color are more likely to report feeling isolated and less likely to report feeling their campus is inclusive than white students.

Over the next two years, CU Denver will work with the Steve Fund team to improve the racial climate, policies, and practices on campus to prioritize the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color. . The partnership illustrates the importance of serving everything students and supports CU Denver’s 2030 Strategic Plan goal of becoming the nation’s premier equity-serving institution.

CU Denver priorities include:

  • Develop curriculum and needs assessments for CU Denver students of color.
  • Create an action plan that outlines ideas and measurable goals.
  • Implement policies, programs and practices developed with the support of Steve Fund experts and coaches.
  • Create evaluation and sustainability plans to ensure continued success.

As part of the initiative, the university will assemble a steering committee to work alongside Steve Fund staff. Faculty and students interested in serving on the Steering Committee should email Kristin Kushmider, PhD, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Health, Wellness, Advocacy and Support at [email protected] .edu.

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