Mental Health of HBCU students during the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • April 23, 2021 from 12:00-1:00pm
  • Virtual Presentation through BlueJeans at
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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has caused a surge in mental health problems across the United States, and some reports suggest a more severe impact for racial and ethnic minorities. Data from the CDC Household Pulse Survey reported that a majority of young adults ages from 18-24 showed symptoms of anxiety and/or depression during the pandemic. HBCU college students potentially face unique challenges with the potential to harm their mental health. Nationwide, Blacks and Hispanics’ financial and health situations have been impacted by the pandemic more severely than non-Hispanic whites. This present study focuses on the mental health of two groups of undergraduate students attending an HBCU during the pandemic: undocumented DREAMers and African-American students.

Meet the Speaker

Xuanren Wang-Goodman, PhD

Dr. Wang-Goodman is a social demographer and sociologist. Her work focuses on social inequality in mental health and socioeconomic outcomes.  She is currently a faculty member at the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Delaware State University.  She received her PhD in sociology from Texas A&M University.  Her work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Social Currents, and Socius, among others.  In her current research, she investigates (1) social, demographic, and behavioral factors affecting COVID-19 testing in underserved communities in Delaware; (2) how parental engagement affects biomedical college students’ academic achievement; and (3) changes in mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit

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