COVID-19 has created a cataclysmic shift in how universities operate in an effort to protect the physical well-being of students. Far less discussed, however, is the mental health impact on college-aged students. Colleges and universities have an urgent responsibility to use their research prowess and student support infrastructure to gather information about how best to serve our students, now and into the future, and to address the serious challenges young people face.

Publishing findings on all of our research in an open-source and accessible way will allow all of us to benefit from one another’s work. Through this contribution, you are sharing your work on treatment protocols and student support with a global audience.

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This forum is an open, accessible database intended to advance the professional and personal well-being of all students enrolled in higher education. The information, findings, and research published here are done so for the good of the broader community by many institutions and individuals committed to improving higher education. The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by the various authors and forum participants on this web site do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of Boise State University or its administration, the Idaho State Board of Education, or the State of Idaho.


Submissions from 2020

Higher Education National Media Summit, Boise State University

Supporting Student Mental Health: Creating and Sustaining Trauma-Informed Communities of Care on Campuses, John Dunkle, Tia Brown McNair, and Sofia B. Pertuz

Layered Health Challenges: COVID Reintegration Strategies, Alicia Estey, Colleen Kerr, Chicora Martin, Jeremiah Shinn, and Lisa Cooper Wilkins

Leading in a Time of Crisis, Marlene Tromp, Wayne A.I. Frederick, Maurie McInnis, Joan Gabel, Russell Lowery-Hart, Donde Plowman, and Kim A. Wilcox

Meeting Graduate Students’ Needs in the Changing Times, Tammi Vacha-Haase, Karen P. DePauw, Wojtek J. Chodzko-Zajko, Jennifer J. Waldron, and Chevelle Newsome

Supporting Student Engagement and Wellbeing, Leslie Webb, Pablo Reguerín, Robin Holmes-Sullivan, Sharon Smith, and Lori McDonald


Reaching Out Handbook, Boise State University

The Psychological Effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic: The Influence of Social Support on Psychological Distress, Kylee D. Amos and Clarissa M.E. Richardson (Mentor)

Online Learning in STEM Courses During Times of Disruption, Ulises J. Trujillo Garcia, Krishna Pakala (Mentor), Samantha Schauer (Mentor), Diana Bairaktarova, Bhaskar Chittoori, and Devshikha Bose


Boise State University Reintegration Guide, Boise State University


Responding to Microaggressions in Online Learning Environments During A Pandemic, Tasha Souza


4 Weird Things That Happen When You Videoconference, Norm Friesen


Beyond the Food Pantry: Supporting #RealCollege Students During COVID-19, Sara Goldrick-Rab


Boise State Hometown Challenge Summer 2020, Boise State University


#RealCollege During the Pandemic: New Evidence on Basic Needs Insecurity and Student Well-Being, Sara Goldrick-Rab, Vanessa Coca, Gregory Kienzl, Carrie R. Welton, Sonja Dahl, Sarah Magnelia, and Sarah Magnelia


Flexible Teaching at Boise State: A Guide for Faculty, Leslie Madsen

Submissions from 2018


Librarians Collaborating with Academic Advisors to Foster Student Success, Karina Smith, Cathlene McGraw, and Amy Vecchione

Submissions from 2014


SAMHSA's Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services