A series of interviews with leaders from higher education and healthcare on the emotional and behavioral health of teens and young adults.
Ep. 19 Community College President Pam Eddinger on What the Pandemic Exposed and the Promise of “A Just Recovery.”
May 26th, 2021 | 18 mins
We continue our series on College Presidents and Covid-19 with Dr. Pam Eddinger, President of Bunker Hill Community College in Boston who described how the events of this past year have shone light on decades-long disinvestment in the social networks that are critical to community college students’ success; and how a “just recovery” could impact their mental health and wellbeing in preventative, sustainable ways.
May 18th, 2021 | 18 mins 57 secs
We spoke with Jared Fenton, founder and Executive Director of the Reflect Organization, a non-profit dedicated to empowering college students to foster a culture of authenticity, self-love, and allyship on campus. Fenton describes his organization’s work and how it came to be, the Penn Face phenomenon, and his focus on providing “One Caring Person” for college students nationwide.
April 21st, 2021 | 18 mins 47 secs
We continue our series on college presidents’ during this unprecedented time with an interview with Howard University President, Dr. Wayne Frederick who spoke to us about what life has been like at the DC-based HBCU, his students’ resilience, what to look forward to, and what to look out for.
April 7th, 2021 | 25 mins 22 secs
A discussion about the results and implications of the just-released Role of Faculty in Student Mental Health survey. The survey explores faculty members’ perspectives on the state of student mental and behavioral health and their role as gatekeepers. Our guests are Sarah K. Lipson, PhD, Principal Investigator of the study and Assistant Professor of Health Law Policy and Management at the Boston University School of Public Health; and Zoe Ragouzeos, PhD, Executive Director of Counseling and Wellness Services at New York University and Mary Christie Foundation President. Drs. Lipson and Ragouzeos walk through the survey findings and explain what steps faculty and college administrators can take to improve student wellbeing. You can find the report here: https://marychristiefoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/The-Role-of-Faculty-in-Student-Mental-Health.pdf
Tomorrow (4/8) at 1:00pm, a webinar presentation will dive further into the findings with a panel discussion on the important implications for programs, prevention strategies, and campus policy. Register for the event here: https://www.bigmarker.com/communities/mcf/conferences
March 17th, 2021 | 26 mins 27 secs
Connie Book, PhD., ME, talks about the disruption of the last year and how Elon continues to address the health and wellbeing of students and staff at the North Carolina university.
March 2nd, 2021 | 23 mins 31 secs
Dr. Brian Mitra, the Vice President for Student Affairs at Kingsborough Community College, and advisor to the JED Foundation, speaks with us about the mental health and wellbeing of this student population before, during and after COVID-19.
February 16th, 2021 | 31 mins 46 secs
President Frenk, MD, MPH, PhD, leverages his public heath experience to safeguard student health and wellness during these extraordinary times.
February 2nd, 2021 | 30 mins 12 secs
The topic this week is students taking the lead in creating change in college mental health. We spoke with Laura Horne, Chief Program Officer of Active Minds, a nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for students, as well as two current college students – Raisa Alam, Senior Advisor at the Columbia University Chapter of Active Minds, and Kama Sharma, Active Minds Chapter President at the University of Pittsburg. Launched this fall, the Active Minds Your Voice is Your Power campaign called on mental health advocates to help establish a campus culture of caring and support for BIPOC students. Laura, Kama and Raisa discussed the campaign, the initiatives undertaken by chapters this fall, and the challenges of grassroots advocacy.
January 19th, 2021 | 11 mins 55 secs
Hollie Chessman, Director of Research at the American Council on Education joins us to discuss the Pulse Point survey series, presidents’ growing concern for mental health, and strategies for addressing the student mental health crisis during COVID and beyond.
December 21st, 2020 | 25 mins 13 secs
President Pelton discusses student affairs issues and young adult mental health at the end of a year like no other.
November 22nd, 2020 | 29 mins 4 secs
Talking with college student health specialists Drs. Jill Grimes and Marcia Morris on safeguarding physical and mental health for students returning home.
Ep. 8 Creating Environments for Flourishing – a special series. John J. DeGioia, PhD and Shirley M. Collado, PhD
November 10th, 2020 | 27 mins 21 secs
In the final episode in our Flourishing series, MCF President Zoe Ragouzeos speaks with two college presidents about why higher education should commit to “Creating Environments for Flourishing,” and how to they go about doing so in today’s environment. Our guests are Shirley M. Collado, PhD, President of Ithaca College and John J. DeGioia, PhD, President of Georgetown University. The series is based on the report, “Creating Environments for Flourishing” released by the Mary Christie Foundation and Georgetown University.