December 27, 2017

Download the EMH Framework.
Mental Health Framework to Support College Students of Color
The Jed Foundation (JED), a nonprofit that exists to protect emotional health and prevent suicide for teens and young adults, and the Steve Fund, a nonprofit created to support the mental health and emotional well-being of young people of color, partnered to create the Equity in Mental Health Framework (EMH Framework). The EMH Framework provides 10 actionable recommendations and key implementation strategies for colleges and universities to help assess and strengthen support for the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color.
Results from a 2015 study (PDF) commissioned by JED, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, and the Jordan Porco Foundation, uncovered that emotional preparedness ---  defined as the ability to take care of oneself, adapt to new environments, control negative emotions or behavior, and build positive relationships ---  is a major factor to students' success during their first year at college. While many individuals arrive on campus feeling emotionally and academically unprepared, results of this online survey of 1,502 U.S. college students showed that less emotionally prepared students are more likely to be African American (15% vs. 9%). Results indicated that first-year African American college students are more likely to struggle than their white peers. Students responded that they:
  • Wished they had more help getting emotionally ready for college (69% African American vs. 59% Caucasian)
  • Felt that college was not living up to their expectations (57% African American vs. 46% Caucasian)
  • Felt like everyone else had college figured out but them (52% African American vs. 41% Caucasian)
  • Recognized their independent living skills needed improvement (59% African American vs. 43% Caucasian)
  • Wished they were better prepared to deal with the challenges of making the transition to college (69% African American vs. 58% Caucasian)
  • Tended to keep their feelings about the difficulty of college to themselves (75% African American vs. 61% Caucasian)
The Steve Fund and JED developed the EMH Framework recommendations after obtaining snapshots of current programs and exploring how they could be improved and replicated. A set of key questions regarding best practices for meeting the emotional well-being and mental health needs of students of color guided the process. Data from multiple sources was reviewed and analyzed to produce key findings. "Our young people face daunting challenges as they transition to adulthood, including those fortunate enough to pursue higher education," said Evan Rose, president of the Steve Fund. "These expert recommendations build understanding of the challenges while equipping colleges and universities to better address our students' needs. This effort is critical to the mental health, college completion, and life chances of the nation's most rapidly growing demographic and the population which drives our work-young people of color."
Visit to download the document and access other valuable tools, including a video of higher education leaders from some of the nation's leading universities and colleges discussing why the EMH Framework matters.
For an additional resource on this topic, you can learn about the forum on managing student mental health at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) facilitated by the National Center for Campus Public Safety and Historically Black Colleges and Universities-Law Enforcement Executives and Administrators. Forum participants from 28 HBCUs in 14 states identified 6 broad categories of challenges and several recommendations to address these challenges: human resource needs, training needs, policy needs, procedural issues, communication obstacles, and cultural barriers.  Download the full report to read the recommendations.  

National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery and it occurs when a trafficker exploits an individual with force, fraud, or coercion to make them perform commercial sex or work. It is a public health concern that impacts children, families, and entire communities across generations. Human trafficking requires awareness, training, and a response from communities, social service providers, health care providers, and other first responders. In the U.S., 7,621 cases of human trafficking were reported in 2016, according to the  National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTH).
There are two types of human trafficking: labor trafficking and, the more common, sex trafficking. Sex trafficking affects both adults and minors. Adults are compelled to engage in commercial sex by force, fraud, or coercion. Minors are compelled to perform a commercial sex act
regardless of the presence of force, fraud, or coercion.
Those targeted by traffickers do not belong to any class, religion, cultural, or ethnic group. Traffickers can be any gender or age, and may be strangers, friends, peers, romantic partners, or family members. Some populations are more vulnerable. These include:

  • Individuals who have experienced childhood abuse or neglect
  • Children involved in the foster care and juvenile justice systems
  • Runaway and homeless youth
  • Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders
  • Victims of violence
  • Migrant workers
  • Undocumented immigrants
  • Racial and ethnic minorities
  • People with disabilities
  • People with low incomes
  • Those with a history of substance abuse
  • Those communities exposed to intergenerational trauma 
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) individuals
T he Office on Trafficking in Persons , within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides myths and facts on human trafficking. They also developed a list of 10 ways you can help end trafficking that includes knowing the signs, reporting tips to the NHTH, and registering for training. Training is provided through the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center (NHTTAC). NHTTAC works with communities and a network of subject matter experts, survivor leaders, organizations, and providers who are at the forefront of delivering training and technical assistance. Trainings are intended for multiple groups of federal, state, local, city, and tribal government agencies, including campus public safety agencies and other professionals. College and university students may also wish to become involved in efforts to bring awareness to the issue of human trafficking using this resource guide from the NHTH,  Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation for Colleges: A Toolkit and Resource Guide (PDF) . For additional resources, both general and specifically for law enforcement, visit the NHTH library .

Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Honest Dialogue Needed: Responding to Gender-Based Discrimination on Campus
Organization: Battered Women's Justice Project
Date: January 10, 2018 at 3:00PM CT
Location: Online
Fee: Free
Title: Sexual and Interpersonal Violence on College Campuses: What Athletics Leadership and Staff Need to Know
Organization: State University of New York
Dates: January 30, 2018  OR February 13, 2018
Location: Albany, NY
Fee: Registration fee
Title: Hazardous Weather Preparedness for Campuses (AWR-332)
Organization: National Disaster Preparedness Training Center
Date: February 1, 2018
Location: Nashville, TN
Fee: Free

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.