The killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, the prevalence of anti-Asian hate crime amid the pandemic, the passing away of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. The list goes on. A lot has happened in the last 18 months. Many students, especially students of color, have struggled with mental health issues while dealing with virtual learning. As most students will be returning to campus in the fall, administrators from higher education institutions and mental health experts gathered virtually on Thursday to discuss how to best help students navigate through the upcoming semester.
“We can use this moment to consciously choose how to move forward in innovative and equitable ways that are particularly relevant for supporting our BIPOC students,” said Dr. Carlota Ocampo, provost at Trinity Washington University and moderator of the webinar titled, “Promoting Racial Equity in Student Mental Health: Considerations and Strategies for Returning to In-Person Instruction.”