Tuesday, January 26th
1:30 - 2:30 PM EST

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the entire higher education community—but not equally—and has heightened challenges faced by marginalized communities.

Low-income, first-generation, international, and minority students were already navigating obstacles such as financial instability, and many struggled to find a sense of belonging on campus.

What should campuses be doing now to help support these students? How can faculty, staff, and campus leaders meet students as they are and where they are during the COVID-19 crisis?

Join us for a webinar with higher education leaders and students to:

  • Discuss various ways in which campus staff can show empathy and connect with members of campus who are experiencing grief
  • Understand how compounding traumas are impacting students
  • Learn tips for setting achievable expectations for students within a performative campus culture
Sign up now to gain inspiration and ideas to better engage students, help them overcome barriers, and support them in achieving their college goals.


Our Presenters:

Barry A. Schreier, Ph.D.
Director, University Counseling Service & Professor of Counseling Psychology, University of Iowa

Barry A. Schreier, Ph.D. is a licensed Counseling Psychologist in Iowa. He is the Director of The University of Iowa University Counseling Service and is a Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Iowa College of Education. Prior to that he was Director of the Counseling Center at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Schreier serves on the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) Board of Directors. Dr. Schreier has numerous publications on a variety of topics including sexual orientations and Trans/GNB identities; training and education in psychology; managing student distress; campus suicide prevention; and campus outreach and programming.
Mary Chandler Bolin, Ph.D.
Director, Consultation and Psychological Services, University of Kentucky Counseling Center

Mary Chandler Bolin, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist in her 22nd year as director of the University of Kentucky Counseling Center. She recently completed her fourth term on the governing board of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), from which she received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. She is a past-president of the International Accreditation of Counseling Services (IACS), and a senior master trainer for QPR (Question-Persuade-Refer) suicide prevention efforts.
Aesha L. Uqdah, PsyD, HSPP
Director, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, University of Louisville Counseling Center

Dr. Aesha L. Uqdah is a clinical psychologist and has been the director of the University of Louisville’s Counseling Center since Fall 2014. She currently serves on the Board of the Association of University and College Counseling Centers Directors (AUCCCD) as well as the Kentucky Psychological Association’s (KPA) governing board. Her clinical interests include multicultural/diversity issues, LGBTQ concerns, anxiety & depression, health psychology, and stress management. Dr. Uqdah also provides consultation around supervision of staff and diversity issues faced by BIPOC mental health providers.
Kristen Gray, PsyD, LP
Off Campus Study Advisor, Fried Center for Global Engagement, Hope College

Kristen Gray is a licensed clinical psychologist in Michigan. She recently ended 23 years as Associate Dean for Health and Counseling, and Director of Counseling and Psychological Services at Hope College. She is now working in Hope's Fried Center for Global Engagement. Kristen has served the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors on the governing board for one term, and as a part of the Elements of Excellence Task Force for two terms. She has presented numerous conference programs with special interest in the place of college counseling in issues of social justice.
Darren Jones, Ed.D.
Manager of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, Kognito

Darren Jones, Ed.D. serves as the Manager of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships at Kognito. Prior to Kognito, Dr. Jones served as the Associate Vice President of Student Engagement at Mary Baldwin University. He held roles within student affairs at several universities across various functional areas including orientation, learning communities, retention programs, student life/activities, fraternity and sorority affairs, intervention services, residence life, housing, academic advising, leadership development programs, community standards, and Title IX.
Veronica Mixon
Student, President of the African American Studies Org, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Veronica is senior at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, majoring in African American Studies and Psychology. She has been a research assistant in a minority health disparities lab and focuses on physical activity, sexual health, and mental health disparities among black people. She received the Mental Health Literacy Award from Kognito in October of 2020 for her advocacy for black students and their mental health needs.

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