In response to rising national awareness of the impacts of mental health on college students, President Monaco announced the launch of a university-wide task force dedicated to student mental health in the fall of 2016. The overall goal of the Mental Health Task Force is to ensure that Tufts University is meeting the needs of our student populations, fostering resilience, and providing a healthy and supportive community.
Purpose and Charge
The purpose of the Mental Health Task Force is to conduct a university-wide review and assessment of student mental health, wellness and holistic engagement, including the current student experience, the services offered, available resources and potential areas for additional collaboration and enhancement. The overall goal of the Mental Health Task Force is to ensure that Tufts University is meeting the needs of our student populations, fostering resilience, and providing a healthy and supportive community in which all students can reach their potential. Over the next year, the Mental Health Task Force will conduct its review providing draft recommendations to the Tufts community in the fall of 2018 with respect to: (1) education, outreach, and mental health promotion, (2) services and resources, and (3) policies and practices.
The Task Force is co-chaired by President Monaco and Dr. Paul Summergrad, Psychiatrist-in-Chief; Dr. Frances S. Arkin Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine. The Task Force members include students, faculty, and staff representing Tufts’ unique constellation of schools.
The Task Force is organized into four bodies: the full Task Force, the Working Group focusing on Undergraduate Students, the Working Group focusing on Graduate and Professional Students, and the Models Of Care task group focusing on clinical services available on the Medford/Somerville campus. The working groups allow for a broader range of stakeholders to participate in the work of Task Force. The Working Group focusing on Undergraduate Students is co-chaired by Jennifer Stephan, Associate Dean of Student Affairs at the School of Engineering and Raymond Ou, Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs for the Schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering. The Working Group focusing on Graduate and Professional Students is chaired by John Matias, Associate Dean of Admissions and Enrollment at the School of Medicine. The Models of Care Task Group is chaired by Mary Pat McMahon, Dean of Student Affairs for the Schools of Arts and Sciences and Engineering.
The Mental Health Task Force was launched in December 2016. The Undergraduate Working Group and the Graduate and Professional Working Group began their work in February 2017. The Models of Care Task Group was convened in the fall of 2017. The goal for the Task Force is complete the work phase of its efforts by the end of the spring 2018 semester, draft a report over the summer of 2018 and release a report to the community in fall of 2018.
Members of the Tufts community are invited to submit their perspectives on student mental health, barriers, programs/services that promote positive mental health or areas for improvement with the Task Force through the form below.