Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging
Have you ever started a conversation with the familiar “What do you do?” and found, a few minutes in, that you’ve somehow been pulled toward the more profound question of “Who are you becoming?” Talk with Shaitasia “Shai” Holley, and that’s where she gently steers the first five minutes of your dialogue. It’s not surprising, […]
September 29, 2022 | Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging
At Guttman College, Courtney Stevenson, who is the Director of Student Counseling and Wellness Services, and Douglas Medina, who is an Instructor of Political and Social Sciences, are behind enriching and innovative mental health services. The work that Director Stevenson and Professor Medina are undertaking at the college to promote positive mental health is especially crucial in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Nationally, we know the pandemic has caused an increase in mental health issues, and we have seen this to be true at Guttman and at CUNY as a whole. The pandemic caused high levels of stress, anxiety, and social isolation,” says Director Stevenson. “In addition to the general stresses associated with the pandemic, students are experiencing more academic stress as a result of the change in modality from in-person to online. They are under greater financial stress and also tend to suffer from poor sleep, which has a profound effect on mental health. I am now seeing higher levels of social anxiety since we have begun to transition back to in-person learning.”
Guttman Community College has been selected as one of nineteen institutions nationwide to participate in The American Association of Colleges and Universities’ (AAC&U) development of a Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT)–Focused Campus Climate Assessment Toolkit. One of only three community colleges on the prestigious list, Guttman’s team will provide valuable insight regarding the opportunities and challenges of engaging in EDIB work on college campuses, and aid in the creation of a nationwide-toolkit that AAC&U will use to implement TRHT initiatives at other institutions.