The widely circulated publication Inside Higher Ed published a story this past week that features a "virtual roundtable" at UC Riverside with the secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.
During the Zoom visit on May 19, the secretary, Miguel Cardona, asked four UCR students about programs that offered mental health support during the pandemic. The visit occurred the same day the department issued new guidelines on how to use Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds, or HEERF, to provide care. The Well at UCR hosted a public health fair on the Hinderaker lawn as the Zoom call took place.
Cardona referenced UCR's investment in crisis support, teletherapy, and expanded wellness resources. "If we can do what you're doing at UC Riverside, I know our students, our campuses, will be on the path, not only to academic recovery, but to mental health recovery, and be stronger than ever," Cardona said.
Above, students participate in a May 19 health fair hosted by The Well at UCR. Photo by Stan Lim