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The ACM coordinates occasional virtual professional development offerings on timely topics suggested by campus leadership.

Spring 2021

Mental Health and Well-Being


The State of Mental Health: The Evolving Landscape and Strategies/Resources for Navigating the Path Forward

Mental health problems among college students were at alarming levels and on the rise prior to the eruption of COVID-19. The pandemic has added stressors and exacerbated mental health problems. Sara Abelson will review the current state of college student mental health nationally, trends over time, and opportunities for action, drawing on the largest study of college student mental health in the U.S., the Healthy Minds Study. Janet Lewis Muth will then lead a discussion of how that data translates to the residential liberal arts setting and how institutions like ours can respond.


  • Janet Lewis Muth, MPH, Director of Health Promotion, Carleton College
  • Sara Abelson, MPH, Co-Investigator & Lead for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Projects with the Healthy Minds Network and Ph.D. candidate in public health at the University of Michigan

Thursday, April 1, 4 – 5:30 pm (CT)



Supporting the Mental Health of Students: My Role

Being responsive to student mental health requires moving beyond “refer them to counseling.” In a small, liberal arts context, each of us has a role in creating an environment in which students can be mentally well, developing a safety net for when students are struggling, and helping students to feel valued. In this workshop, Lisa Broek and Liz Schneider-Bateman will present a socio-ecological model for mental health on a small liberal arts campus. We will examine how this model aligns with equity and highlight the interdisciplinary collaboration that the model calls for. We’ll provide an opportunity for participants to reflect on their own role and walk away with actionable next steps to support the mental health of their students.


  • Lisa Broek, MA, CHES, Director of Health Promotion, Macalester College
  • Liz Schneider-Bateman, MSW, LICSW, Director of Counseling, Macalester College

Wednesday, April 7, 4 – 5:30 pm (CT) 


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