MCRC@ADVIS DEI Conference: 10/11/19
Investigating the Emotional Transition to College for Students of Color and International Students
Introductory: New to topic / subject matter
Building Capacity: Skills, Competencies, & Processes for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Session repeats - Round 1 & 2
Naté Hall, Associate Director of Admissions for Lower School, William Penn Charter School
Reggie Jones, Director of Counseling, Bryn Mawr College
As students transition from high school to college, psychological and emotional anxieties are often heightened. Through the lens of a college director of counseling and a high school college counselor, we will view and discuss ways that high school teachers and administrators can empower students to discover their voice and use their agency to better inform leaving the safety net of their family of origin in pursuit of higher education. We will discuss common reasons why students need counseling services in college, particularly focusing on students of color and international students. Our session will highlight the relevance of representation in schools, successful affinity groups and mentoring programs, and will also offer suggestions to help guide students and their families to supportive college campuses.
The presenters will enlighten participants about the ways in which mental health issues impact students of color and international students in high school and college. When students move from high school to college emotional stressors are often heightened, particularly for these target groups. This session is relevant to independent school faculty who often can influence curriculum, extra curriculars offerings, and classroom culture in their schools.
By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to: 1) Identify differences and similarities of stressors and mental health concerns of college-bound and high school students. 2) Obtain a deeper understanding of reasons students of color and international students seek college psychological services. 3) Identify programming and strategies high school staff can implement to empower students to thrive emotionally in college.
has worked in college admissions and counseling for fifteen years. Working in this capacity provides her an opportunity to develop relationships with students during the critical period of preparing to transition from high school to college. As a former multicultural recruiter and diversity practitioner, Naté has spent considerable time with underrepresented populations in their pursuit of higher education.
As Director of Counseling for fourteen years,
understands how the transition from high school to college for students of color and international students aligns with many student’s normative experiences, as well as the unique stressors experienced by these students. In addition to her work at Bryn Mawr College, she also teaches courses at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Social Policy and Practice and at the Community College of Philadelphia.
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