A series of interviews with leaders from higher education and healthcare on the emotional and behavioral health of teens and young adults.
Ep. 43 Meeting young workers where they are on diversity and inclusion, social responsibility and mental health
June 22nd, 2022 | 21 mins 44 secs
Elizabeth Ahmed is the Executive Vice President of People, Communications, Brand and Corporate Responsibility at Unum, a disability insurance company with 11,000 global employees. She speaks with MCI executive director Marjorie Malpiede about new approaches the company is taking in areas that are of particular interest to Gen Z graduates entering the workforce: diversity and inclusion, social responsibility, and mental health and wellbeing. Ahmed talks about the ways Unum has re-strategized corporate accountability since 2020, especially towards social justice, behavioral health, and helping Gen-Z workers find purpose in their careers. Creating sustainable work environments includes helping employees thrive, which ultimately helps customers, Ahmed said.
June 15th, 2022 | 25 mins 47 secs
This Pride Month, Mary Christie Institute’s coverage of the unique needs of LGBTQ+ student continues with our latest episode of the Quadcast, featuring David P. Rivera, PhD, associate professor of counselor education at Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY) and special advisor to the Steve Fund. Dr. Rivera’s career in higher education has spanned counseling, teaching and administration, always with an emphasis on serving LGBTQ+ students and students with other marginalized identities. With MCI executive director Marjorie Malpiede, Dr. Rivera explains his latest work, Affirming LGBTQ+ Students in Higher Education, which addresses the unique stressors that LGBTQ+ students face and guides administrators toward constructive solutions. The “trillion dollar question,” he says, is how to ensure that all students feel they belong on their campuses.
Ep. 41 Two Student Researchers with the Healthy Minds Study on the Needs of High Schools Students, Students of Color and “Non-Traditional” Students.
June 8th, 2022 | 34 mins 11 secs
Researchers Akilah Patterson and Meghna Singh discuss their research interests (including the mental health of graduate students, students of color, and high school students), alternative sources of support and the need for cultural humility in counseling services.
Akilah Patterson, MPH, MCHES, is a doctoral student at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and a graduate of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, and Meghna Singh is a Community and Global Public Health student at the University of Michigan and Student Associate Coordinator for the Healthy Minds Network.
Ep. 40 UMass Chan Medical School’s Dr. Maryann Davis gives practical advice on how campus stakeholders can better support students with mental health conditions
May 18th, 2022 | 25 mins 8 secs
Maryann Davis, Ph.D. is a professor of psychiatry at the UMass Chan Medical School and the Director of the Implementation Science & Practice Advances Research Center (iSPARC) and the Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research (ACR).
She discusses the challenges students with mental illness face in their journey towards a college degree and how campus community members, particular faculty, can better understand and support these students. The Center recently released a video guide series with faculty and student narratives that help inform faculty on issues such as accommodations, reducing stigma around mental health conditions, and helping students thrive academically.
May 11th, 2022 | 27 mins 36 secs
Dr. Zainab Okolo, a therapist, advocate, educator, and strategy officer for student success at the Lumina Foundation, joins the Quadcast today to discuss a host of student mental health policy issues, including new research from the Lumina Foundation and Gallup that identifies college students' emotional stress as the main driver behind stopping college.
May 4th, 2022 | 25 mins 39 secs
Guest host, Carson Domey, interviews his headmaster, Alex Zequeira, at Saint John's High School in Shrewsbury, MA. Zequeira shares his observations on high school mental health from his years of coaching, teaching, and leading high school students -- from social media, the collective trauma of the pandemic, and building resilience before college. Carson and Zequeira worked together to implement the suicide hotline on the back of student ID cards.
April 27th, 2022 | 22 mins 13 secs
Paula Swinford, MS, MHA, CHES, is the director of the Office for Health Promotion Strategy and a clinical instructor for family medicine at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California.
Swinford talks about what it takes to create a health-promoting campus - from assessing student needs to establishing university structures – and discusses the five components of the Collective Impact Framework.
April 20th, 2022 | 21 mins 8 secs
In this week's Quadcast, we speak to Dr. Tia Dole, the new Executive Director of the Steve Fund — the leading national organization dedicated to supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color.
Dr. Dole spoke of her background as a clinician, her work at the Trevor project, her motivation to take on this new role, and her passion for connecting disenfranchised young people with the support they need to thrive.
Ep. 35 President of the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors, Dr. Marcus Hotaling, on trends in college mental health
March 30th, 2022 | 25 mins 12 secs
The pandemic has led to increased demand for services at campus counseling centers as well as counseling staff turnover. Dr. Hotaling, the Director of the Eppler-Wolff Counseling Center at Union College and President of the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), joins the Quadcast today to talk about how counseling centers are evolving, creating communities of care, and what today’s students are experiencing. The AUCCCD is the largest organization of campus mental health leaders in the world.
March 16th, 2022 | 24 mins 4 secs
On today's Quadcast, we interview Sofia B. Pertuz, PhD, SHRM-SCP, CPC, on how higher ed can work towards increasing sense of belonging for students of color and first-generation students and how the workforce can also invite these graduates to thrive at their own companies.
Dr. Sofia B. Pertuz is a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) professional with over 25 years of experience in strategic planning, inclusive excellence, and critical incident management in higher education, nonprofit and corporate organizations. Dr. Pertuz currently serves as the Managing Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Billie Jean King Enterprises and a Senior Advisor to the Jed Foundation.
Ep. 33 Carson Domey and Massachusetts State Representative Jack Lewis on improving state mental health policy and funding
March 9th, 2022 | 25 mins 53 secs
Young mental health advocate Carson Domey co-hosts the Quadcast to interview Massachusetts State Representative Jack Lewis on ongoing legislation to improve mental and behavioral health policies and funding. Representative Lewis discusses prioritizing social and emotional health education in K-12 school systems, adding crisis intervention hotlines to student IDs, and current state efforts to tackle challenges faced by social workers.
February 23rd, 2022 | 20 mins 56 secs
In today's episode of the Quadcast, Dr. Carrie Landa, Boston University's new Executive Director of Student Wellbeing, talks about factors that contribute to student wellness and strategic initiatives colleges and universities can engage in to increase social belonging. Landa's expertise in psychology lends itself to teaching students resilience, such as CBT and DBT skills, to help them navigate with day-to-day events while also meeting students where they are when it comes to equity issues.