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#BlackMindsMatter: Addressing Black Collegiate Mental Wellness

Presented by the DIvision of Student Life Professional Development Committee.

Division of Student Life staff members come watch this NASPA webinar followed by a facilitated discussion!

African-American students are repeatedly exposed to systemic attacks on their core identity. Such events trigger mental health challenges for some and exacerbate existing mental health challenges for others. African-Americans have historically avoided mental wellness resources (MWRs) for numerous reasons. Presenters will discuss traditional barriers to helpseeking behaviors, while educating professionals on how to innovate existing MWRs into culturally relevant practices that involve cross campus collaboration to address mental wellness.


  • Acknowledge pervasive stigmatization and reasons behind non-help seeking behaviors of Black/African American students
  • Discuss effective and innovative practices that expand access to mental wellness resources for Black/African American students
  • Identify institutional strengths, weaknesses, and gaps surrounding Black/African American student engagement with mental wellness resources
  • Formulate steps to improve cross-campus collaborations surrounding access to mental wellness resources for Black/African American students.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 10:00am to 12:00pm

Student Union, 169
1502 Cumberland Ave. Knoxville, TN 37996

Event Type

Training & Workshops


Health & Wellness, Diversity & Inclusion


Faculty & Staff


Division of Student Life

Contact Name

Rob Morris

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Engels, Jessica left a positive review 9/24/2019

This webinar and discussion brought up many things I had never thought about before, which was great. We had good discussion and super helpful.