How Should Minority Mental Health Resources Factor Into a School’s Reopening Plans?

As colleges and universities prepare for the fall semester, they have decisions to make about how to keep students safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. But alongside questions about socially distanced classes and dorms, university leaders are asking themselves about other kinds of safety, particularly how to approach mental health resources for students of color, amid a national conversation about anti-Black police brutality and a pandemic disproportionately hitting minority communities.

To delve into the issue, higher education leaders and experts gathered last week for an online meeting co-hosted by the American Council on Education and the Steve Fund, a non-profit focused on the mental health needs of students of color.

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